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CJD celebrates COMPACT 2016, slants to UN Global Goal

by Communication and Journalism Department

Posted on September 28, 2015 at 2:21 PM

In support of the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development, the Communication and Journalism Department (CJD) of De La Salle University-Dasmariñas (DLSU-D) will celebrate its annual Communication Impact (COMPACT) week from March 14 to 18, 2016.

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Themed, COMPACT 2016: Communication for Sustainable Development, the week-long event aims to raise awareness, engagement and participation among the DLSU-D community about the UN Global Goals through various programs and activities on campus.

According to COMPACT 2016 Chair Mr. Marco Polo, they chose to adopt the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the theme for this year because of the timely, relevant and urgent nature of the goals. “We want to take the lead in championing the cause of the UN Global Goals in our institution. As producers of future media professionals and practitioners, we understand the role and responsibility of media and communication in advancing worthy causes,” Polo said.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in his report to the UN General Assembly said that the UN Global Goals aims to promote a life of dignity for all by ending poverty and achieving sustainable and inclusive growth.

Activities for COMPACT 2016 will kick-off on March 14 with a parade of all AB Communication and AB Broadcast Journalism students of the CJD wherein they will showcase their creative interpretations of the 17 UN Global Goals. This will be followed by a Eucharistic celebration wherein mass intentions and offerings will be about the SDGs. An exhibit showcasing student works, interactive games and activities about the SDGs will be opened at the grounds of the Julian Felipe Hall (JFH). Finally, one-act a play entitled “Supremo Elias” which is inspired by the SDG on justice and peace will be staged at the Tanghalang Julian Felipe (TJF) the university’s mini theater.

On March 15, the CJD will co-host the MovePH Citizen Journalism Workshop and #PHVote:The Leader I Want forum with social media news network organization Rappler. The whole day event will be held at the Alumni Auditorium and will be attended by student leaders, campus journalists and teachers from around Cavite.

Speaking for Rappler are Ms. Maria Ressa, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Editor, Mr. Rupert Ambil II, MovePH Executive Director, Ms. Miriam Grace Go, Rappler News Editor, Mr. David Lozada, Multimedia Reporter and Ms. Raisa Serafica, Rappler’s Social Media Team.

Rappler’s civic engagement arm, MovePH, has been organizing the #PHVote forums across the Philippines to help empower Filipino voters in choosing the leaders the country deserves. The forum is in partnership with the Communication Society, the AB Communication-Public Relations Batch Bagsik, the Heraldo Filipino and 95.9 Green FM which will render online live streaming.

On March 16 an inter-block quiz contest called ComQuest will be held at the TJF. Teams of students from all CJD sections will compete for pride and honor by answering trivia questions about the SDGs. ComQuest is organized by the Communication Program Council.

On March 17, a forum will be held on the UN Global Goals featuring Ms. Jaclyn Grey, Communications Associate, United Nations Development Program-Philippines and Mr. Marlon Pareja, Director, DLSU-D Environmental Resource Management Center at the TJF from 8:30 am to 12:00 noon. The forum will look into the initiatives of the UN in the Philippines to promote and advocate for the Global Goals. The DLSU-D response and commitment to the goals will then be discussed. In the afternoon, a forum on the challenges and opportunities of technology for today’s youth will also take place. Dubbed Converge, the forum will feature Mr. John Paul Palma Gil, Digital Account Manager of ABS-CBN and Mr. Enrico Lorenzo K. Salvan, Video Editor, GMA News and Public Affairs and Executive Producer, 4 Play Studio Inc.

Finally, Compact 2016 will culminate with the awarding ceremonies for the winners of the various competitions during the week long celebration and the eagerly anticipated Fashion Expo 2016. Models will showcase concept clothes of student designers that depict various UN Global Goals. The Fashion Expo is organized by the Broadcast Journalism Program Council.

According to CJD Chair Brenda Martinez, the department will continue to organize relevant activities that will raise awareness among their students. “We can all contribute to helping end poverty, combat climate change and fight injustice and inequality, and our COMPACT 2016 is just the start,” Martinez said.