Journalists trained on guns

MEDIA practitioners underwent handgun proficiency training in a fun shoot hosted by the Philippine Navy last Oct. 21 at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario in Panacan.

The twenty-five media practitioners from the different media outlets in the city were lectured on gun safety and later fired guns at the three different stages during the Naval Force Eastern Mindanao (NFEM) Funshoot 2016, a day of action completed with a gun firing competition.

Rhoda Grace Saron, reporter of Mindanao TIMES, emerged as the champion in the lady category while Bombo Radyo Davao reporter Mark Kinlee Ocay was the champion in the male division.

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CHAMP Mindanao TIMES police reporter Rhoda Grace Saron is the champion in the lady category during the Naval Force Eastern Mindanao (NFEM) Funshoot 2016.

The activity is part of the Philippine Navy’s civil-military operations in building good relationship with the reporters, editors and other media workers in the region.

“Instead of doing usual sports event with the media practitioners, why not a day of action with guns,” said Major Reynold Cuencia, NFEM’s assistant chief of staff for Civil-Military-Operations (CMO).

Cuenca said Navy, just like any other government entities, certainly needs the media to inform the masses about their activities and programs.

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HITTING THE MARK TIMES reporter Rhoda Grace Saron aims the gun in one of the stages during the shooting competition.

He said they are targeting to have a yearly activity with the media, and next year’s event will be bigger in scope as more media personalities will be invited.

Commodore Elson Aguilar, NFEM commander, thanked the media for participating in the activity.

“The Naval forces would not be successful without the cooperation of the local government, other government agencies and the Media,” Aguilar said in a statement read by Capt. Roberto Rubia.

The activity ended with a boodle fight together with the participating media and officers and personnel of Philippine Navy and Naval Special Operations Group (NAVSOG).

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