DIRECTOR's Cut: (This portion features the thoughts of DepED 11 Regional Director Susana Teresa B. Estigoy, Ceso IV to all stakeholders and recipients of the efforts to improve the basic education.) "I do not consider my job as plain work --- rather it is my LIFE. We have to continually examine what succeeds and fails, and why. We have to uphold and live true to our battlecry and DepEd Secretary Jesli Lapus' slogan of governance: 'Edukasyon ang Solusyon',"

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After a grueling, long sleepless nights of preparation, the 69th Edition of the National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) has already put to close. But it did not only culminate just that -- NSPC 2010 started and ended with a big bang!

A concerted effort of the local government of Tagum City headed by Mayor Rey T. Uy and his wife Alma L. Uy who is also the Regional Tourism Council chair, the Schools Division of Tagum City led by Superintendent Nenita E. Lumaad and of course, the very supportive, vision oriented and result driven regional director of DepEd Region 11, RD Susana Teresa B. Estigoy all added to the successful hosting of the CY 2010 NSPC.

I was a witness on how the people of Tagum City acted as one just to provide what RD Estigoy had said before --- a near perfect hosting. It is now the appropriate time to say that --- they delivered and delivered excellently.

There may be some isolated untoward incidents happened and unpredicted minor problems but these were eclipsed by the magnanimous efforts exerted by all concerns to give only the very best to all the student-writers, school paper advisers and officials from all parts of the Philippines of this year?s edition of NSPC.

The online evaluation revealed that in general, the hosting of NSPC 2010 is excellent.

In line with the so-called "Journalism 2.0," or web-based journalism, the NSPC Publicity Committee, headed by Dr. Christine Bagacay, launched the official online websites of this year’s NSPC with the help of this writer, Tagum City blogger Louie Bryan Lapat, Samuelle Marionne Sanchez and students from Tagum City National High School and Tagum City National Comprehensive High School.

In addition to the Facebook, Twitter and Blogger websites of this year’s NSPC in Tagum City, it is also the first time for NSPC to have its own website, sponsored by social website Multiply, which has its URL as http://nspc2010.multiply.com, and a Posterous account for live blogging, (URL is www.nspc2010.posterous.com), managed by the students from the said schools.

The NSPC official website, recognized by both the Department of Education and City of Tagum LGU in their respective websites, hosts photos, videos and important news about the NSPC, while the Posterous account holds all online news and press releases also read on the Palm Gazette.

I can proudly say that my desire to bring something new to the holding of NSPC, that is to use the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in providing relevant information to all delegates came to reality. I can now say that the website I have started and acted as administrator, the http://nspc2010.multiply.com is now living true to its function as storage of NSPC’s memorabilia.

Thanks to SM Sanchez for taking over as administrator after I have given him the full authority to maintain the site beyond NSPC 2010 edition prior to its formal turnover to the next host.

Another new feature that I suggested was the online evaluation. It was received positively by the National Technical Working Group (NTWG) headed by Dr. Ma. Elsie Esmer and her counterpart in the Division Office, Mrs. Antonia Bugna and Ronald Maata, Tagum City ICT and MIS Coordinator.

With these innovations, this year's NSPC marks the beginning of the new era of journalism that adopts with the changing situations and is flexible for the general public to utilize. (Visit http://nspc2010.multiply.com for more updates, photos and everything about NSPC 2010)

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You can access DepEd Updates, latest issuances and other relevant information through our website: http://www.region11.deped.gov.ph. For comments, suggestions and/or contributions, email me at renzthescribe@gmail.com. or visit http://renzmendoza.multiply.com. for photos and other relevant information. For queries, complains and other concerns, call DepED Region 11 at (082) 227-9342 or fax to (082) 227-1102.

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Mr. Lorenzo E. Mendoza, M.A. is the Regional Supervisor in Filipino for Secondary, Regional Information Officer, Regional ICT and Library Hub Coordinator.