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ON-Live-Talks, online on-camera talk show, 2021

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2021 073021 ON LIVE TALKS 01UP Mindanao’s BA Communication and Media Arts (BACMA) Program is launching an online show this month called ON-Live-Talks which will be streamed on Facebook via StreamYard on August 14, 2021.

ON-Live Talks is a public service/community extension and an Academic Program Improvement (API) project proposed by Assoc. Prof. Karen Joyce G. Cayamanda and Instructor Ena Marie O. Dizon. It is a one-hour, six-episode, live public service talk show that will run via social media live streaming in a span of five consecutive months.

The talk show is an information drive that aims to discuss real-life experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and enhance the skills of BACMA students in delivering timely and relevant issues remotely. It is participated by BACMA student volunteers to substantiate the needed exposure and hands-on experience on remote TV production.

“People need thorough knowledge on what is happening among societies. They need a space for public dialogue that tackles real-life experiences during the pandemic. People need to hear information that are important and helpful. These messages, when effectively conveyed, are vital in our fight against COVID-19. This will also sustain BACMA students in the substantial fulfillment of their cultural, educational and social roles in times of crisis,” said Ms. Dizon.

The first two episodes will run on August 14 and 28, respectively, with the theme “Bakuna, bakuna, paano ka ginawa?” that aims to debunk vaccine myths and misconceptions. The show will feature medical experts, researchers, and social media influencers, and will be hosted by BACMA student volunteers.

'Prepare and master the trends in the new normal' : Dr. Javier challenges graduates of UP Mindanao

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"The new normal will be heavily influenced by the technological trends... which you, our graduates, need to prepare and master for our country's future," said Dr. Emil Q. Javier, the 23rd commencement speaker of the University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao held last July 13, 2021.

In his speech during the virtual graduation rites participated in by a total of 126 candidates, Dr. Javier urged the class of 2020 and 2021 to gear up in operating remotely and innovating with the new normal trends that will affect occupations and professions in different ways.

“COVID-19 is a novel experience for us in the Philippines. The challenge that comes is how young graduates prepare [them]selves for the disruptions and aftershocks that come after the pandemic,” he stated.

He added that, “The pandemic has really undoubtedly changed the way people live and work. These disruptions and transformations are most evident in the number of people working at home.” 

In preparing for the challenges in the new normal, he encouraged the graduates to take the lead by possessing digital, cognitive, problem-solving, and social and emotional skills to ensure direction and leadership not only in the workplaces, but in their respective communities.

He also shared the 10 very important trends in technology that the graduates should focus on, namely: the next generation of computing, the application of artificial intelligence, machine learning and robots, distributed infrastructure, programming connectivity, the biotech revolution, next level process automation and visualization, clean technologies, nanotechnologies and the next generation of materials. “Our graduates [should] take note of those keywords because these are the trends that you must prepare for and try to master, not only for your own personal careers but part of your obligation as iskolar para sa bayan.”

Dr. Javier emphasized the accumulation and accessibility of the vaccines to inoculate at least 70 percent of our population to attain herd immunity as quickly as possible. “We are now in a real recession for the first time after so many years. The challenge is how do we carefully calibrate the deployment of vaccines as they become available, particularly for the seniors with comorbidities, the frontliners, [and] also to those centers of populations where infections are highest.”

He was optimistic in saying that “the quicker way of attaining health immunity in the country is by opening the schools.” He reinforced this by stating that “the young people are not immune to Covid-19. They will also be infected but experiences all over the world show that most young people are asymptomatic, or the expression of the disease is mild, and hospitalization and morbidities are very rare. We have to prioritize the vaccination of teachers and employees in the public school system.”

Dr. Emil Q. Javier is a plant geneticist and agronomist who served as the 17th President of the University of the Philippines and was conferred the rank of 42nd National Scientist of the Philippines for contributions in agriculture.

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