CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) hosted a three-day learning event for its information officers to improve their skills for better public engagements.
The event centered on making powerful and winning presentations to arm the communication workforce of the region with key skills and knowledge in crafting and delivering well-developed visuals for a better engagement with the communities towards environmental protection and conservation.
Central Luzon DENR executive director Paquito Moreno recognized the role of information officers in educating the public, saying that establishing awareness among communities was crucial in creating a multiplier effect to transform local folks as partners for environmental conservation efforts.
“As government information officers, informing the public does not end in presenting to communities the state of the region’s environment and natural resources and the DENR priority programs. More so, the goal of each information officer is to engage citizens in civic and social mobilization projects on protecting the environment,” Moreno said.
Donaver Guevarra, chief of the DENR Regional Public Affairs Office here, stressed that the activity would strengthen the abilities of the participants in delivering and communicating salient points that the public needed to realize, so that they would be able to bring into the understanding of local communities that protecting and conserving the environment was a shared responsibility.
Held at The Redd Manor Hotel on September 11 to 13, the learning event centered on discussing the key elements of a presentation, development of audio-visual materials and guidelines on how information officers may conquer fear and develop confidence during presentations.