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Guingona, NGOs hold social media literacy seminar at ADZU


Some 100 high school and college students coming from both private and public schools attended a media literacy seminar-workshop sponsored by District II Councilor BG Guingona in partnership with Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) under its flagship program DigiBayanihan and Out of the Box which was held at the Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU) last week.

Dubbed as “MEDIA, MASHUP and MORE,” the social media literacy workshop aims to encourage the young campus journalists to be critical consumers and responsible producers of media.

According to Sarah Torres, co-founder of the Out of the Box and one of the lecturers of the workshop, they envision all Zamboagueños “to be media literate and proactive citizens for the betterment of media and society.”

Councilor Guingona said that the two non-governmental organizations which are his partners for the conduct of the media literacy programs have  consistently been in the forefront in educating the young Filipinos in social media responsibility, media literacy and above all empowering the youth through responsible use of social media and information technology.

“I am very excited to work with ASSIST-DigiBayanihan and Out of the Box on our social media literacy workshop four our young Zamboagueños students. Their mission as NGOs cannot be more important to toay’s youth.”

Guingona further stressed that the world gets smaller and the platform for the youth advocacies gets bigger, responsible social media is crucial in building an inclusive and progressive society.

“I am thrilled to be engaging the milennials and tapping their potential. Kudos to ASSIST-DigiBayanihan and Out of the Box for making this happen,” Guingona said.

The young councilor said that with the conduct of the social media literacy program, the campus journalists here in Zamboanga City will be more equipped  to help educate their fellow students about social media responsibility and also help them be more responsible and productive netizens in this modern world.—Jemuel E. Mojica

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