Tuesday, June 21, 2016

PNA, Bicol University ink student internship pact
By Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, June 20 (PNA) -- The Philippines News Agency (PNA) and the Bicol University have again signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) showing the former's commitment to the latter to train more future journalists.

The MOU was signed Friday afternoon in front of hundreds of journalism students and faculty members of the Print and Broadcast Department of BU College of Arts and Letters.

PNA acting executive editor Luis A. Morente delivered his inspirational message and urged the students to work harder and motivate themselves to become what they want to be.

The MOU is a contract that allows students of BU to undertake the PNA internship program here in Bicol and in the central office.

Under the MOU, the PNA shall:

* Assist in the implementation of the On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program in partnership with the Bicol University and subsequently endorse employment referral mechanisms with institutional partners, linkages and networks;

* Select the student-trainees from the academic institution partner through its set of guidelines, standard screening and curricular requirements;

* Implement the program with its institutional partner as an avenue for the qualified and accepted student-trainees for them to write news reports and feature articles, and who wish to be trained on developmental slants/angles and whose stories shall be credited as part of their practicum.

On the other hand, the BU shall:

* Recommend the student-trainees who are officially enrolled in their junior year and have complied with academic standards and curricular requirements to undergo the OJT Program;

* Comply with the qualification criteria for student-trainees who possess good moral character, in good standing and with general weighted average grade of 85 percent;

* Inform the student-trainees that incidental expenses related to the OJT program are to be borne by the student-trainees as part of the curricular requirements;

* Assist the student-trainees in the implementation of the program and that the latter are duty-bound to the academic institution for the work program and number of hours required in the OJT;

* Require the student-trainees to execute the waiver for any deviation from the work assignments or school activities unrelated to the OJT Program;

* Adopt the standard assessment and evaluation mechanisms based on curricular requirements and template by contracting parties, respecting confidentiality and privileged communication in the performance and upon completion of the OJT Program; and,

Perform academic duties, rules and regulations concerning the students-trainees welfare and well-being under existing laws.

After the MOU signing, one of the highlights of the program was the graduation of the 16 PNA Interns who had successfully completed the 200-hour on-the-job training last summer. (PNA) LAP/FGS/CBD/SSC