As an independent publisher/writer I take my hat’s off to Bryan Edulzura’s creative initiative who came up with a community-based printed magazine from a mere local government’s annual report. His trail-blazing project help uplift the minds and inspire local constituents to proactive government participation.
“I cherished the idea that a full knowledge and information of all sectors in the community propel their enthusiastic support and involvement to the projects and programs led by the mayor, elected officials and barangay officers,” says Edulzura, who is the municipal local government operation officer (MLGOO) in the coastal town of Libjo, Dinagat Islands.
The magazine is called “The Island” which chronicles the year-long strides of the in partnership-tie up with the Department of Interior and Local Government in Caraga
Having previously work in print, broadcast media and public relations of private and international non-government firms, Edulzura knows the relevance of substantive information as a tool of people’s involvement.
“The more people know what we in government service do, the more they give their commitment and substantial time. It’s a matter of sharing our collective dreams and work on our aspirations,” he said.
He believes the magazine serves as an excellent instrument as more people can read it than relying on reports and online tidbits that are limiting.
He was also responsible with other projects like holding knowledge encounters for the youth on creative writing anchored on tourism development and environmentalism in partnership with Green Mindanao supported by local high schools.
“Since Libjo is pushing as a tourist destination site, we want to create a responsible community atmosphere starting with the young who are truly knowledgeful and sensitive to the needs of this place,” Edulzura added, who has gladly adapted himself to island life, living in a floating apartment along the coast.
The magazine is circulated to all government and private offices in the island-province.
It is a charming and vibrant document of what a promising coastal town did and can be and much more.