Through a DEVC 136 class, the UPLB College of Development Communication partnered with Fyt, a community-oriented independent media outfit, to produce multimedia materials on disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM).

The DEVC 136 class on Multi-media Materials Production and Management under Mark Lester del Mundo Chico produced a set of media materials that tackles various facets of DRRM. These materials include a documentary film, radio drama series, social media art cards, and short-form videos.

“Iyong mga ganitong partnership ang nagbibigay ng mas malawak na reach sa ating mga likhang Devcom. Through this, mas maaabot natin ‘yung mas maraming taong kailangang makapanood, makapagbasa, o makapakinig ng mga kuwento at impormasyon ukol sa mga sakuna at kung paano ito malalampasan,” Chico explained.

(These partnerships give us a wider reach for our class outputs. Through this, we could reach a bigger audience who needs to view, read, or listen to the stories and information on disasters and how to survive them.)

On April 8, the class had a workshop with Fyt Media co-founders Voltaire Tupaz and Atom Araullo, who discussed the details of the partnership, including the production and publication schedules.

The collaboration reflects Fyt’s mission to support student works from campus journalism to university projects, emphasizing the value of their contributions to the communities they write stories about.

“Bilang mga estudyante ng Devcom, malaking bagay para sa atin na mabigyan ng access sa mga platform na makatutulong para mas maiparating ang mga kuwento at mensaheng pangkaunlaran. Patunay rin ito na hindi lang tayo nakukulong sa loob ng silid-aralan, tayo mismo, bilang mga mag-aaral ay may kakayahang mag-ambag sa makubuluhang usapan ng mga isyu sa mas malawak na lipunan, gaya ng DRRM,” Katrina Panaligan, DEVC 136 class coordinator, said.

(As Devcom students, it is important that we have access to platforms that are significant in delivering development stories and messages. It also proves that we are not contained in our classrooms because we can contribute to social discourse like DRRM.)

The materials are published on Fyt’s social media pages.

The class is also producing a special issue of UPLB Horizon Magazine, which aims to popularize UPLB’s scientific research on climate change adaptation and DRRM. (Mar Jhun F. Daniel)