Tuesday, July 28, 2009

FITS OPA Negros hosts photography workshop

By Vishia Mae Dominic J. Tolcidas

RACG Representative
FITS OPA Negros Occidental

The Farmers’ Information and Technology Services (FITS) Center in Negros Occidental organized the Basic Photography Seminar-Workshop July 16-17, 2009 to train the staff of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) on photo documentation of its various projects and programs.

The two-day activity, held at the Tourism Audiovisual Room of the Provincial Capitol Building in Bacolod City, included lectures, workshops, presentation and critiquing of photo output as well as a photo contest.

The participants were trained by Mr. Niño Manaog of the Regional Applied Communications Group of the Western Visayas Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Consortium (RACG-WESVARRDEC) where OPA is an active member. Prof. Vicente Tan of the University of the Philippines-Visayas Chancellor’s Committee for Culture and the Arts was one of the judges of the photo contest.

OPA Planning Section Chief Samson Garzon Jr., a workshop participant, said the topics were interesting and useful in documenting events at work. “Through this activity, we could already produce more significant photos that could be used for accomplishment reports, PowerPoint presentations, press releases, and other information materials,” Garzon said.

“Workshop participants requested for an advanced course on photography as well as desktop publishing seminar-workshop which will be helpful in the production of printed materials on various farming technologies,” said FITS-OPA Manager Edna Garde.

Gracing the seminar-workshop was Dr. Cora Navarra, RACG Coordinator of WESVARRDEC, and Dean of the Graduate School of the Capiz State University in Mambusao, Capiz.

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