The 2nd National Forum on Media ands Information Literacy (MIL) with the theme “Understanding Media and Information Ecosystem: Towards an Inquiry-Based Teaching” was held on January 17-18, 2020 at the Learning Commons, Henry Sy Sr. Hall, De La Salle University, Taft Ave., Manila.
The first day of the national forum was filled with a series of informative sessions with lectures from invited speakers. Each session was followed by an open forum which engaged participants in a discussion about the topic.
The event was attended by 130 participants from different parts of the Philippines (Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao). The event also attracted participants from Bangladesh. Majority of the participants were teachers of MIL in Senior High School. The rest were librarians, college faculty members, mediamen, IT professionals, government employees, MIL advocates and students.
The forum was organized by the Philippine Association for Media and Information Literacy (PAMIL) in partnership with De La Salle University, Philippine Press Institute (PPI), British Embassy, and Abiva Publishing House, Inc. The event was graced by a powerhouse of speakers and experts who are MIL advocates themselves.
Plenary session topics covered were: Understanding MIL and metadata literacy and the need for research-based MIL teaching; Teaching MIL to combat information disorder; Teaching MIL to promote cyberwellness and; Teaching empowerment technologies as media and information products and techniques.
“We hope to be able to do a second run of the forum this February upon the request of participants who weren’t able to make it for various reasons,” explained Dr. Jose Reuben Q. Alagaran, current president of PAMIL.