Twenty-one (21) Army personnel composed of four (4) officers and seventeen (17)
enlisted personnel coming from different line units under the 402nd Brigade together
with ten (10) PNP personnel from Butuan City Police Office attended the Opening
Ceremony and will be participating the 3-day training that runs from July 17 – 19, 2019.
The training aims to equip the participants from the Army and PNP units on the basics
of news writing and other necessary skills in order to become effective information
officers and communicators.
Col Cerilo Balaoro Jr, the 402nd Deputy Brigade Commander and Keynote Speaker
of the ceremony underscored the significance of the training as the soldiers now need
the writing skills for them to become more effective in communicating with various
sectors of the society. He embolden all the participants to take advantage of the
training and actively participate in order for them to acquire the necessary skills and
"With the advent of technology to influence perception, the TV, Radio, Print and the
Social Media has become the most potent medium in the information environment.
Hence, we should take the initiative to dominate and become the forerunner on the
information superiority specially in our efforts in countering insurgency”, Col Balaoro
On his part, Col Maurito L Licudine, 402nd Brigade Commander said, "It is essential
that we continue to equip and enhance our soldier’s skills not only in combat but in the
aspect of news writing and the knowledge to convey the Army’s message effectively
and appropriately to its intended audience. This will ensure that our soldiers have the
ability to efficiently propagate and amplify the Army’s professionalism in performing
their mandate to serve the people and secure the land in line with the Army’s
Transformation Roadmap to become a world class Army that is a source of national
Also present during the opening ceremony were Mr Fryan Abkilan, Assistant Regional
Director of PIA Caraga and Lt Col Julius Cesar C Paulo, Brigade Executive Officer
who highlighted the impact of information environment in today’s generation.
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