Communication Schools Tie Up With CFA

MARCH 25TH 2009

Around twenty professors and lecturers from eleven schools offering Communication programs gathered at CFA on February 26, 2009 to discuss possible areas of cooperation in light of recent changes to the communication curricula which are pending in the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).Members of the Philippine Association of Communication Educators (PACE), led by its president Flordeliz Abanto of St. Scholastica’s College, accepted the invitation of CFA to join the roundtable discussion.

Aside from Metro Manila schools like the University of the Philippines (Diliman), Polytechnic University of the Philippines, St. Paul’s University-Quezon City, San Sebastian College-Recoletos, Lyceum of the Philippines, and De La Salle University, there were also several provincial schools represented, such as the First Asian Institute of Technology and Humanities in Batangas, Malayan Colleges Laguna, De La Salle-Lipa, and De La Salle University-Dasmariñas.

Fr. Fil Pelingon, president of CFA, welcomed the participants and stressed the importance of communication education in development. Ms. Terry Hermano, executive director, introduced CFA to the participants and illustrated this with the CFA video. A tour of the CFA facilities followed.

Ms. Bob Lopez of the Training Division talked about CFA programs and projects, which stimulated discussion on how schools might be able to participate. Dr. Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr. of De La Salle University then talked about the new curricula in Communication, Broadcasting and Journalism, which had been submitted by the Technical Committees for final approval by the Commission on Higher Education. An animated discussion followed, which dealt with issues and problems that confront the various Communication schools.

PACE members raised questions on the use of CFA facilities such as the TV and audio recording studios, the training rooms, auditorium, dormitories and guest rooms. There were discussions also on possible CFA-PACE tie-ups for production workshops, or symposia on critical issues related to media and society.

Before closing the meeting, Ms. Hermano reiterated the commitment of CFA to work with Communication schools towards the development of people through media.