CEBU CITY (Sept. 7, 2016)Bosconian Odyssey will be back.

But more than just a mere school organ, it will utilize the internet and social media portals to publish the reports and creative works of the students of Don Bosco Technical College (DBTC) Cebu, Inc. in this city.

This developed after the Parent-Teachers Community Association (PTCA) board of trustees (BOT) approved on Sept. 4 two programs that its student development committee prepared and will pursue this school year.

One is the Integrated Media and Communications (IMaC) program and the other the Leadership Development (LEAD) program, according to PTCA secretary Meg Pepito.

The PTCA BOT adopted the twin programs unanimously during its 4th Board Meeting at the PTCA board room and encouraged the committee to implement them soon but one after the other, she added.

“We realize that this can be an ambitious initiative, but we believe as we trust in God that we can pull this through,” quipped Eng’r. Keith A. Buyco, the PTCA president.

2 issues

A copy of the plan the Odyssey obtained showed that the PTCA will facilitate in organizing the student writers into a Student Press Corps (SPC) and assist the school in producing at least two issues of the publication this school year.

Social media portals.
Social media portals.

But more than the traditional printed newsletter is the creation of a web portal and the use of social media as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even YouTube for TV-like news.

Three days after the PCTA meeting today (Sept. 7), the committee chair Cerwin T. Eviota and Pepito met with DBTC principal Fr. Jerome Mario C. Dublois, Jr. and consultant Dr. Elsa A. Suralta to discuss the IMaC roll-out plan.

Father Principal.
Father Principal.

Mr. Eleuterio Abainza and Ms. Marichu Librea, assistant principals for junior high school and elementary, joined the meeting and agreed to meet again on the next three Wednesdays with the faculty coordinators they will designate.

After a review of earlier initiatives to revive the publication and a selection of prospective student writers, a series of two interactive seminars will be held on Sept. 24 and Oct. 1 for the students and the teachers with journalists and bloggers.

The candidate SPC members will take writing and editing tests by Oct. 8, while those with potentials will be interviewed days later and selected for specific roles.