Friday, October 14, 2005

The topic on last Wednesday’s (October 12, 2005) Kampus Kapihan is about the benefits and difference between the Print and Broadcast medium.

“My advice to those who want to pursue a career on print is, DON’T,” said Isagani Yambot, publisher of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

We are very fortunate to have Yambot as our guest, who kept on saying, “if you want to make money, look for other occupation,” and we’ll all laugh at his statement. He added that, “if you don not have the required skills in writing, no nose for news, and you’re just going to make news paper job a stepping stone to a higher career, you should forget all about it because you will only waste the time of publishers like me.”

On the other hand, if you really want to pursue a career on print at the same time earn, Yambot said that you should be very, very good in writing. Competence in writing both in Tagalog and English and commitment is a must to pursue this career.

What is beautiful about this career is you can watch history being made.

According to Yambot, journalism is a noble calling. It is not just a job, occupation or a profession. In journalism, there is a vow of poverty because it does not pay high salaries. There is also obedience because as journalists, they should obey the laws governing media and ethical guidelines of media.

Compensations were also discussed by Yambot. The lowest rank on the news paper job is the cab reporters who earn P206,000 a year. Editorial production assistant and researchers earn the same as the cab reporters. While copy readers, deskmen and best writers earn P434,000 a year. Senior editors earn P854,750 a year. The editors earn 1.5M a year.

There are 37 benefits, as PDI is concern, for its regular employees like Christmas bonuses and others and limited benefits for retired employees.

“Unlike print journalism, which does not have a good paying job and a career that did not hold greater opportunities, broadcast media gets paid better than print,” said Antonio Seva, retired news director of GMA’s News and Public Affairs and is currently the Broadcast ___.

A good example of this is Korina Sanchez who, in the early years, earns 380,000 a month.
Today, the number one medium in the country is the television with a viewership of 29 hours a week. The radio consumption is 27 hours a week; newspaper readership is four hours a week; magazine readership is one hour a week; and Internet consumption is seven hours a week.

Seva said that newly graduates of this year like us are a good market. So he advised us to hone our writing skills both in Tagalog and English language and that it is imperative for us to do so. Since most of the populations of Mass communication students in Angeles University Foundation are ladies, Seva encourages us to pursue a career as videographers since there are no lady videographers in the Philippines.

To pursue career in broadcast, Seva admitted that physical looks and being presentable matter. But if you’re wondering about the case of Mike Enriquez, Seva jokingly said, “I apologize for Mike.”
Seva revealed that if you want to earn your first 1M in a year, then venture into broadcast marketing because that is where the money is.

Friday, October 07, 2005

kampus kapihan - Consultative Commission

The topic on this week's Kampus Kapihan is about one of the issues in politics which is the formation of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Consultative Commission or COnCom.

What is ConCom? On how i understand what ConCom is in the Kampus Kapihan is, it is an organization of expert people who will study the Philllippine Constitution and amend the necessary provisions which needs to be amended - which I think are many.

Example provision tha needs to be amended to give clarity, as given in the kapihan, is this: the duty of the government is to protect the people, but it was amended and removed the word government and was replaced by Armed Forces of the Philippines. So does that mean the government are no longer responsible to protect the people they are governing? That they have transfered the responsibiltiy to AFP because of the reason that they already are responsible to so many things?

Going back, the talk itself was started of by Gerardo Espina, Sr., the town mayor of Naval in Biliran, by saying that the 1986 constitution was presented to the peole and was strongly campaigned to them for approval. It is the people who is the utimate jugde to decide whether a proposed provision may become a law.

He also added that the Philippine Constitution that we have now is the longest constitution in the world, with atlest 30 sections and it was also a product of hate or reaction to the rule.

On the other hand, Emmanuel Yap Angeles, Chancellor of Angeles University Foundation and one of the members nominated as part of the ConCom, gave a background on what Consultative Commission is. He said that it was formulated unfer the Presidential Executive Order 453, saying that the ConCom is created to propose the amendment of the constitution in various sectors of the society. There are 42 menbers of the ConCOm, over the maximum of 50.

The executive order is very clear, according to Angeles, "we have to recommend to the office of the president and find necessary to give importance on issues like the shift on the form of government being Presidential to Parliamentary; Reforms policy for global competitiveness; and to review the economic policies that affects the people's welfare.

Angeles made it clear that their function as ConCom is to be in assistance for the president on several amendments of the constitution.

When asked why Espina and Angeles accepted the responsibity as part of the ConCOm, to be the cosultants and be of assistance to the president, their answer were almost the same.

Espina and Angeles accepted the position for the love for our country. They spend their money, time and effort on this beacuse they believe that it is for the people now and for the years to come. They are not being recievinig any allowance from what their are doing, but according to them, it's alright. it's not the money that's important but the big contribution that will benefit all Filipino people.

"It is an opportunity to express and contribute to change the life of the people that is why I accepted this position," said Espina.

"I accept the position without any monetary consideration. I think our country needs us," said Angeles.

This surely is the beauty of democracy.