To promote social advocacies through digital media, Cebu Bloggers Society (CBS) organized the first World Blogathon last Dec. 8, 2012 at Andy Hotel in Mandaue City.

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) was one of the participating organizations that attended the offline event. Other groups were Island Rescue Organization (IRO), AIESEC, MIND 7, Love Yourself, World Vision, and “Doc Buboy”.

Representatives from each organization introduced their respective advocacies.

Nancy Cudis, RAFI’s communication specialist for media and public relations, presented the Foundation’s different focus areas and programs, including Mega Cebu Project, where RAFI is the Research, Program, and Organizational Development (RPOD) unit of the Metro Cebu Development Coordinating Board (MCDCB) for the said project.

Mega Cebu Project is a 30-year master plan program and framework for a long term and collaborative planning and action towards a more sustainable city-region.

IRO, an animal welfare organization, calls for responsible pet ownership. AISEC, an organization that develops youth through integrated learning experience. National Nutrition and Development 7, together with Kapisanan ng Brodkaster ng Pilipinas-Cebu Chapter and group of media practitioners, battle malnutrition through nutrition advocacy and promotion.

Love Yourself is a non-government organization that promotes awareness, prevention, education, and counseling on STI and HIV. A heightened human trafficking awareness and prevention is the mission of the International Justice Mission (IJM).

The World Vision is a community-based, Christian organization that works with children, families, and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.

Narciso Tapia, also called “Doc Buboy”, the last speaker, is a microbiologist, blogger, media online auditor and a CBS member. Through his blogs, he has promoted his city and his advocacies for public health and social change.

Ruben Licera, president of the Cebu Bloggers Society announced that the World Blogathon will be held every quarter of the year and encouraged Cebu bloggers to blog about events and organizations that matters.

Jaysee John Pingkian, CBS Outreach Committee head, said that CBS will focus more on social responsibility on its third year. He added that CBS will hold on March of this year a National Social Summit that will tap the youth, business sector, and non-government organizations. (Sarina Joy Odivilas, RAFI intern)



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