Outstanding DepEd information officers shine in ILAW 2021

Outstanding DepEd information officers shine in ILAW 2021

Edusentro | Outstanding DepEd information officers shine in ILAW 2021 | December 23, 2021 – The Department of Education (DepEd) recognized outstanding field information officers and their offices for their outstanding government communication work in the first-ever Information Leaders Awards (ILAW 2021) on Monday evening.

DepEd-CALABARZON won big as National Champions in Information Dissemination (Print) and Public Assistance Service categories, 1st runner up in Information Dissemination (Broadcast) category and 2nd runner-up in DepEd Manual of Style (DMOS) Implementer in the Regional Level.

“To all my fellow information officers, RIOs and DIOs, let this ILAW inspire and motivate us to be bearers of the torch that illuminates the path leading to a well-informed, more critical, and participative community. We are all called to be bearers of this torch,” Mr. Ariel Azuelo, Regional Information Officer of CALABARZON, said.

Likewise, at the Division level, SDOs in CALABARZON garnered the most awards among the national finalists. SDO Rizal was cited as the Most Outstanding Public Assistance Service category and 1st Runner-up in Information Dissemination (Print) and DMOS Implementer categories. Meanwhile, SDO Imus City grabbed the top spot in Information Dissemination (Print) category.

Region XI (Davao Region) and SDO Mati City won the Most Outstanding in Social Media Management while Region X (Northern Mindanao) and SDO Iloilo received the Most Outstanding DMOS Implementer in the regional and division level, respectively. The Most Outstanding in Information Dissemination (Broadcast) was awarded to Region III (Central Luzon) and SDO Davao Occidental.

“I believe in effective communications. [Without it], our efforts will be lost, our efforts will remain unnoticed, and we will be objects of criticism if we don’t go out of our way, to tell the truth, to share with our various publics what we are actually doing. So, congratulations [to PAS] for initiating this awards night. Thank you very much for bringing the attention of the Department to the importance of communication,” Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones noted.

In addition, SDO Davao del Norte won the Best “Isang Pangarap” Music Video award for their local interpretation of the song originally performed by Manila Concert Choir (MCC).

“It is but right that even as we continue our communication battles, we also take the time to celebrate our victories. We have to recognize you, our information frontliners for keeping the faith, because in the darkest of nights when everything we hold dear and everything we worked hard for are challenged day in and day out, you became the source of hope, the guide for our fellow workers and for all our partners,” PAS Director June Arvin Gudoy said.

ILAW 2021 also honored the life of Mr. Regobel Tumaneng, Media Relations Unit head of PAS, who passed away last December 17, 2021.

Supported by TikTok Philippines, Facebook Philippines, and Enchanted Kingdom and overseen by esteemed boards of judges, ILAW 2021 highlighted the initiatives of RIOs and DIOs in supporting the advocacies of the Department.