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UPD partners with APC for curriculum development and capability building training

(July 30) – A memorandum of agreement (MOA) was entered into among UPD, Aurora Polytechnic College (APC) and Rural Empowerment Assistance & Development Foundation, Incorporated (READ) on July 19 to develop a curriculum for a Certificate in Broadcast Media for APC, and for skills and capability building training of APC personnel.

APC, a private and non-profit educational institution in Baler, Aurora, provides technical and vocational education. It (APC) is the operator of DWBW, a TV-Radio station in the Province of Aurora. READ is a non-government organization.

Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma represented UPD at the MOA signing, while Dr. Vivien M. Talisayon and Rafel R. Layug represented APC and READ, respectively.

As stated in the MOA, UPD through the College of Mass Communication (CMC) and DZUP, shall conduct and facilitate training/workshop for the staff and crew of DWBW, develop a curriculum for a Certificate on Broadcast Media for APC, assist in the capability-building of APC personnel in the implementation of said certificate program, assist APC in the development of the television component of DWBW, and train its personnel in the professional conduct of their functions.

APC, on the other hand, shall provide the venue and facilities for the training/workshop, and assist and cooperate in the development of a curriculum on Certificate on Broadcast Media.

For it’s part, READ shall provide the funding of the training/workshop.

At the MOA signing, Saloma said the partnership is part of the mission of UP as the National University in making available its intellectual resources to benefit public service.

Talisayon, a former dean of UPD College of Education and currently APC President, express her gratitude to UPD and said the collaboration would greatly improve the services of DWBW to Aurora and its neighboring provinces because of DZUP’s long history in broadcasting, especially its militant role in the history of UP. She adds that the certificate program in broadcast media to be developed is unique in Baler and will be a niche for APC.

Witnessing the occasion were Dr. Ronald Banzon, UPD Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Cristine DLR. Villagonzalo, UPD Office of Extension and Coordination director, Dr. Roland B. Tolentino, CMC dean, Prof. Jane Vinculado, Chair of CMC Broadcast Department, Dr. Vivien Talisayon, APC President, Ms. Suzette Payongayong, Radyo TV Baler Program Director,  faculty members of UPD CMC and officials of Radyo TV Baler. — ACG