A press release from Philippines' Department of Education (DepEd) dated September 14, 2009 emphasized this year's focus for the National Schools Press Conference (NSPC). The said press release mentioned that this school year's NSPC will be heeding on the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) particularly the MDG 1 (Alleviate Poverty and Hunger), the Department of Education (DepEd) mobilizes schools support by advocating and integrating them in related school-community initiatives.
According to Education Secretary Jesli Lapuz, they will be enlisting the ative participation of young journalists for such advocacy for they know how to optimize the power of communication. Lapuz believes that there is a power in the pen and so they highlight this in their school journalists and their publications.
This school year's NSPC,a national gathering which draws thousands of campus journalists from public and private elementary schools around the country, will be held on February 22-26, 2010 in Tagum City, Davao del Norte. Individual and group writing contests in English and Filipino will carry the conference theme: “Campus Journalism as a Catalyst for Change: Achieving the MDGs by 2015 (Pampaaralang Pahayagan bilang Instrumento ng Pagbabago: Maisakatuparan ang MDGs ng 2015).
Good luck to our young journalists who would be participating this year's press conference. Way to go for their coaches as well who dedicate their time and effort training these young writers who would soon influence the world through their pens.