Recognizing the importance of writing media release as a means to promote ERDB as a research institution, the Technology Development Division (TDD) conducted the "Training on Writing Articles for Media Releases" on March 12-13, 2014 at the BP International Jamboree, Los Banos, Laguna.


There were 20 participants in the training which were composed of representatives from ERDB regular and project staff of the 5 R&D programs that ERDB is implementing.

The training aimed to: 1) enhance the knowledge and writing skills of ERDB researchers; and 2) produce articles containing research-based technologies for media releases for possible publication in national dailies, online news portals, and the ERDB website.

The Masters of Ceremony were Bhia Mitchie T. Borcena and Malaya N. Montesur

Dr. Antonio Daño, ERDB OIC-Assistant Director, in his inspirational message said, "If we cannot put all the outputs of our researchers into writing, they will be useless". He further encouraged the young researchers to make the most of the opportunity given to them. He said, "You have an edge because this gives you better preparation as researchers of ERDB."

The lecturers were composed of the TDD regular and project staff. Adreana S. Remo lectured on "Introduction to Science Communication and Clear and Effective Writing". Malaya N. Montesur tackled "Pre-writing" and Marla V. Cambay lectured on "Newswriting".

The afternoon session focused on the discussion on "News Feature Writing and Media Releases Protocol" by Liberty E. Asis. Ricky Lee Mendiola gave a lecture on Writing for the Web. In addition, the former TDD OIC Chief Mr. Eliseo M. Baltazar tackled "Authorship".

After the lecture, some selected participants were requested to present their outputs on the following: 1) straight news, 2) news feature, and 3) feature article. In addition, they were required to submit the project report of their respective programs including data, figures, and photos.

Mrs. Veronica O. Sinohin, TDD OIC Chief and Mr.. Eliseo M. Baltazar, former TDD OIC Chief both gave their comments and suggestions on the presentations.

Pretest and post test questionnaires were also distributed to determine if there was an increase in the knowledge of the participants on the subject matter. Marla V. Cambay, TDD