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2020 National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) Theme, Venue, and Activities

Attached is a copy of DepEd Memorandum No. 176, s. 2019 dated November 23, 2019, from DepEd Undersecretary Annalyn M. Sevilla, Officer-in-Charge, DepEd-Central Office entitled “2020 NATIONAL SCHOOLS PRESS CONFERENCE”, the contents of which are self-explanatory, for information and strict compliance.

November 23, 2019

DepEd Memorandum No. 176, s. 2019

2020 National Schools Press Conference


Bureau and Service Directors
Regional Directors
Schools Division Superintendents
Public and Private Elementary and Secondary School Heads
All Others Concerned

1. The Department of Education (DepEd), through the Bureau of Curriculum Development (BCD), announces the conduct of the 2020 National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) with the theme, Empowering Communities through Campus Journalism.

2. The NSPC will be conducted from February 17 to 21, 2020 in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan. The host region is Region II, and the host schools division is Tuguegarao.

3. This is pursuant to Republic Act (RA) No. 7079, also known as the Campus Journalism Act of 1991, and in compliance with DepEd Order (DO) No. 47, s. 2010, titled Guidelines on Financial Subsidy for the Conduct of the National Schools Press Conference (NSPC), its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) specifically Rule IX of Section 1.

4. The conference aims to

a. demonstrate understanding of the importance of Journalism by expressing it through different journalistic endeavors and approaches;
b. sustain advocacy on social consciousness and environmental awareness;
c. provide a venue for an enriching learning experience for students interested in Journalism as a career or those who intend to use skill sets learned through campus journalism to give them a better edge in their chosen careers;
d. promote responsible journalism and fair and ethical use of social media; and
e. enhance journalistic competence through healthy and friendly competitions.

5. The conference activities shall include the following:

a. Individual Contests

i. News Writing
ii. Features Writing
iii. Editorial Writing
iv. Sports Writing
v. Copyreading and Headline Writing
vi. Science and Technology Writing
vii. Photojournalism
viii. Editorial Cartooning
ix. Column Writing (exhibition only)

b. School Paper Contests

i. News Section
ii. Features Section
iii. Editorial Section
iv. Science and Technology Section
v. Sports Section
vi. Layout and Page Design

c. Group Contests

i. Radio Script Writing and Broadcasting Contest
ii. Collaborative Desktop Publishing (CDP) Contest
iii. Online Publishing Contest (for secondary level)
iv. TV Script Writing and Broadcasting Contests (for secondary level)

d. Awarding of Winners and Outstanding School Paper Advisers (SPAs) and Campus Journalists (CJs), among others.

6. Recognizing and respecting Intellectual Property Rights, the Department adheres to the rule concerning plagiarism. DepEd reiterates its stand to disqualify school papers found to have copied and published texts, graphics and other materials without duly acknowledging their sources. The disqualification covers all competition sections of the school paper.

7. Any form of plagiarism in all competitions as proven by the board of judges shall be ground for disqualification.

8. In order to clarify issues and concerns regarding the conduct of the Schools Press Conferences, concerned officials, officers-in-charge of NSPC, personnel and staff, learner-participants are advised to refer to the implementing guidelines stipulated in DO 94, s. 1992 titled Promulgating the Rules and Regulations Necessary for the Effective Implementation of RA 7079, also known as the Campus Journalism Act of 1991. Below is the list of enclosures based on the guidelines of school paper, individual and group contests.

Enclosure NumberContent
Guidelines for the Group Contests
3General Guidelines for the Selection of Winners in the Different Individual Writing Contests
3aScore Sheet for Editorial Writing
3bScore Sheet for News Writing
3cScore Sheet for Features Writing
3dScore Sheet for Sports Writing
3eScore Sheet for Editorial Cartooning
3fScore Sheet for Copyreading and Headline Writing
3gScore Sheet for Photojournalism
3hScore Sheet for Science and Technology Writing
3iScore Sheet for Column Writing
4General Guidelines for the School Paper
4aGeneral Guidelines for the Selection of the Best Sections and Layout and Page Design Category
4bScore Sheet for the Editorial Section
4cScore Sheet for the News Section
4dScore Sheet for the Features Section
4eScore Sheet for the Sports Section
4fScore Sheet for Layout and Page Design Category
4gScore Sheet for the Science and Technology Section
5Collaborative Desktop Publishing
5aScore Sheet for Collaborative Desktop Publishing
6Online Publishing
6aScore Sheet for Online Publishing
7Radio Scriptwriting and Broadcasting Contests (Filipino and English)
7aScore Sheet for Radio Script Writing and Broadcasting
8TV Script Writing and Broadcasting (Filipino and English)
8aScore Sheet for TV Script Writing and Broadcasting
9How to Compute for the Overall Scores
9aSample Illustration of Breaking the Ties within a Category
9bSample Illustration of Breaking the Ties for Final Overall Ranking
10Major Activities for the 2020 National Schools Press Conference

9. The top seven winners in all events per contest category per medium shall be recognized, and the points of individual and group contests garnered shall be included in the computation of the overall scores following the guidelines contained in Enclosure No. 9.

10. Column Writing on its last trial run will be conducted as an exhibition of skills both in Filipino and in English for elementary and secondary levels. The regions shall determine their three contestants per level and per medium from their official delegations only.

11. The top seven winners from the Column Writing Contest shall be recognized but their scores shall not be included in the computation of the overall scores of their regions.

12. The scores of the seven outstanding teams from Online Publishing shall be included in the computation of the overall scores of their regions.

13. All schools divisions and regions should strictly follow the No School Paper, No Student Contestant Policy.

14. Each region is expected to submit the required documents using the format provided in the following enclosures:

Enclosure NumberDocument NameFor submission toDeadline and Important Reminders
1Regional Winners/Entries for the School Paper Contests. These must be in print, duly endorsed by the Regional Director (RD).Central Office
(CO), addressed to
January 6, 2020 (until 5:00 p.m. only)
Regional entries, which will be transported through couriers or special deliveries, should be accepted by the delivery service office on or before the day of the deadline.
No extension of due date/time shall be allowed.
1 and 2• Complete Official List of 302 Member-Delegation cum Regional Travel Order (hard and soft copies). This will be provided to the CO and the host region.
• Food Preference of the participants. This will be based on their religious or personal beliefs and/or medical requirements (e.g. halal food or vegetarian) (Enclosure No. 2B)
• Each region should submit a soft copy of the official list to the BCD and host region.
• Each participant is advised to bring a 2×2 picture which will be attached to the NSPC ID to be provided by the host region.
CO, addressed to BCD
Email Address: nspccentral @gmail.com
Estela Carino
Regional Director DepEd Region II
Email Address: clmd.region2@gmail.com
January 10, 2020
• This official list signed by the RD shall also serve as the official travel order of each region and the only travel order that shall be honored by the host region during registration.
• If there are last-minute changes in the list of contestants, the replacement shall submit a justification/ certification duly signed by the RD/Head of Delegation to the chair of the NTWG upon arrival at the contest venue.
• Only the 302 official delegates shall be registered and accommodated in the billeting areas. They are also the only ones who will receive the kits, and numbered Certificates of Participation and Appearance.
• Early confirmation and registration with the host region is required.
• Registration after January 10, 2020 (until 5:00 p.m. only) will no longer be accepted.
1 and 2The Region’s Schedule of Arrival and Departure and Means of Transportation to reach the venue.
(Enclosure No. 2B)
Region II addressed to the

15. Any violation of the stipulated guidelines is subject for disqualification.

16. Learners at the elementary and secondary (both junior and senior high schools) levels are eligible to join the contests.

17. The Official Regional Delegation shall consist of 302 participants. The delegates are expected to be at the venue on February 17, 2020. The first meal will be breakfast on February 17 and the last meal will be afternoon snack on February 21, 2020.

18. For TV Script Writing and Broadcasting contestants, an orientation will be conducted on February 17, 2020 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Details of the venue will be relayed to the Regional Supervisor in-charge of Campus Journalism.

19. Regions and schools division offices that will request for their participants to be assisted are advised to coordinate with Dr. Octavio Cabasag, CLMD Chief, Region II at mobile phone no. 0905-156-6065.

20. Non-contestants, parents and other school officials who are not part of the official regional delegation are required to seek their own accommodation and contact the host region/schools division office for assistance. They may contact Dr. Estela Cabaro, CID Chief, SDO Tuguegarao City through email addresses tuguegarao@deped.gov.ph and estela.cabaro2016@gmail.com, or mobile phone nos. 0917-995-0197 and 0916-6076047.

21. The participants’ travel expenses shall be charged to the school’s Maintenance and/or Other Operating Expenses/local/regional funds, Special Education Fund, or the School Campus Journalism Fund, whichever is applicable, subject to the usual accounting and auditing rules and regulations.

The fund transfer in the amount of Twenty-Six Million Four Hundred Thirty-Six Thousand Nine Hundred Pesos (P26,436,900) shall be downloaded to the host region to cover the cost of the following:

a. Trophies/plaques, medals, and certificates/token;

b. Supplies and materials (conference materials, t-shirts);

c. Board and lodging of NTWG, resource speakers, and judges;

d. Board and lodging of delegates, kits, including conference materials, rental of equipment/vehicles, payment for utilities, contingency and other related expenses incurred in the conduct of NSPC; and

e. Other related expenses (planning activities, meetings, ocular inspection of the venues, etc.)

22. The Statement of Expenditures audited by the local Commission on Audit and noted by the RD shall be submitted to the Chief of Accounting Division, DepEd CO, a month after the conduct of the activity.

23. The conduct of some major activities listed in Enclosure No. 10 and the transportation cost of the national judges shall be charged to the OSEC Campus Journalism Funds, subject to the usual accounting and auditing rules and regulations.

24. For further information and clarification, contact:

The Director
Attention: Mr. Mark Anthony V. Bercando
Bureau of Curriculum Development
Department of Education Central Office
3rd Floor, Bonifacio Building, DepEd Complex Meralco Avenue, Pasig City
Telefax No.: (02) 8635-9822
Email Address: nspccentral@gmail.com.

25. Immediate dissemination of this Memorandum is desired.


Download DepEd Memorandum No. 176, s. 2019 – 2020 National Schools Press Conference (NSPC)

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