₱4-M fund for campus journos
DAGUPAN CITY (PNA) – Mayor Belen Fernandez has pledged ₱4-million funding next year for the rigid training and activities of campus journalists in the city in a bid to fight fake news. “We have already allocated ₱2 million for 2019, but because we are very sure that Dagupan City will have a budget surplus, we are adding ₱2 million for the support of campus journalism,” Fernandez said in her speech, during the opening ceremony of the annual Division Schools Press Conference (DSPC) on Thursday. Fernandez believes there is a need to focus on campus journalism in an effort to change the trend on the proliferation of fake news. “Words have power to inspire or discourage men and women. We must use the ‘pen’ carefully which is why, we invest in our young journalists,” she added. The city government provided ₱2 million for the holding of DSPC. The mayor further said it will allot more funds for the Dagupan City Schools Division Office (SDO) next year.