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UNICEF Philippines and the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC) in partnership with ABS-CBN Bayan Mo iPatrol Mo (BMPM), conducted a two-day seminar on Citizen Journalism.

The first batch of a series of citizen journalism seminars for the youth was conducted in Colegio dela Purisima Concepcion, Roxas City, Capiz, on October 8-9, 2014 with 48 in-school and out-of-school youth participants.

The participants were given the opportunity to take part in identifying issues affecting women, children and youth in their localities, and in informing recovery efforts and communication in Yolanda-affected communities. The activity aimed to empower the youth to become active and responsible participants in development as well as to mobilize them to call for action and solutions from authorities, and to share positive developments as a result of good governance. Equipped with citizen journalism skills, the participants were encouraged to set the agenda for development action by preparing and sharing their own reports to BMPM through their mobile phones, tablets, or computers.

Two more seminars in Borongan, Eastern Samar, and Tacloban, Leyte, are scheduled in November 2014.

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