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NPC president to induct Caraga Tri-Media officers

National Press Club (NPC) President Jerry Yap has recently confirmed an official invitation to be the Inducting officer and keynote speaker on the forthcoming Induction of Officers of the newly-organized Caraga Region Tri-Media Practitioners Association (CARTRIPA) which will be held on Thursday, December 15, 2011, at the Provincial Convention Center, this city.

The information was obtained in a press statement recently released by Caraga Aksyon Balita publisher Roberto “Jun” Parada, newly-elected president of CARTRIPA which is also known as Caraga Tri-Media.

The said regional media group was organized in the afternoon of October 8, 2011 during the culmination of the two-day Caraga Regional Media Conference held at Prince Hotel in Butuan City. Its present membership includes media practitioners from the print, broadcast and internet/online media covering the five provinces and six cities of Caraga Region 13.

In an interview, Parada said they are very elated that NPC president Jerry Yap has accepted their invitation to become their inducting officer and keynote speaker. According to him, Yap’s acceptance as inducting officer is a very big boost to the morale of local journalists in this part of the country and he considers the same as a major achievement.

“This is the first time in the history of the entire Caraga Region that a legitimate regional media group was organized and its officers will be sworn in by no less than the president of the National Press Club. We have chosen NPC president Jerry Yap as our inducting office because of his unquestionable integrity, his national stature and the prominence of the organization he represents. Stated thus, taking our oath of office before him is already a very big accomplishment because it will give us immeasurable honor and prestige,” Parada explained.

He disclosed that the forthcoming induction of officers will be attended by Governor Sol Matugas, Congressman Franciso Matugas, Congressman Guillermo Romarate, Jr., Surigao City Mayor Ernesto Matugas and other town mayors of Surigao del Norte.

The Caraga Tri-Media officers who will take their oath before NPC president Jerry Yap are: Caraga Aksyon Balita publisher Roberto “Jun” Parada, president; Philipine Star correspondent Benedict “Ben” Serrano, executive vice-president; DxSE station manager Rona Alvizo, vice-president for Surigao del Sur; DxRS anchorman John Estanio, vice-president for Surigao del Norte; Dinagat TV News program director Jimmy Jara, vice-president for Dinagat; DxSF station manager Max Tutor, vice-president for Agusan del Sur; DxJM anchorman Louie Oranda, vice-president for Agusan del Norte; Caraga Aksyon Balita associate editor Aidye Ahyn Ortega, secretary-general; DxVP station manager Judith Suarez, treasurer; Bandilyo Caraga Balita publisher Arnold Dagcuta, assistant treasurer; DxJJ anchorman Lito Ucab, auditor; Smile FM station manager Richard Grande, assistant auditor; and Bunawan FM station manager Fred Lobog, P.I.O.

Composing the board of directors who will also take their oath are: Caraga Aksyon Balita editorial adviser Eugenio “Jun” Lira as chairman; TV6 newscaster and DxVP anchorman Willy Evangelio, board member; TV6 correspondent and DxVP broadcaster Leonardo “Nards” Hijara, board member; DxJJ broadcaster Pinky Bee, board member; and Real Radio broadcaster Neil More, board member.

The Caraga Tri-Media pool of advisers include, Amy Cabusao, organizer of Mindanao Media Forum; Jaime Matugas, editorial consultant of Caraga Aksyon Balita; and Mike Crismundo, correspondent of Manila Bulletin. (Rina “Jiji” Jaylo)

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