National Press Congress Month: ‘The Stakes and Prospects of the Community Media under a Federal Government set-up’
IN celebration of “National Press Congress Month” and “Month of Community Press in the Service of the Nation” this December, the Publishers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PAPI) is holding the 21st National Press Congress on December 2-3 at the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) in Tagaytay City. With the theme “The Stakes and Prospects of the Community Media under a Federal Government Set-up,” the two-day annual media event will tackle issues related to the contemplated shift to federalism from the present unitary form of government.
PAPI has invited experts to discuss the following topics: The significant differences in structural organization and political dynamics between the unitary and federal government systems; the forms of federal government, and which would best suit the Filipino orientation; inclusive growth prospects in a federal government set-up; and opportunities for the community media under a federal government.
For several years, the congress has gathered national and community newspaper publishers, editors, print and broadcast journalists, media executives, communicators, and public information officers. It has served as a fertile training ground for campus writers and students aspiring to become journalists, as well as a venue for the fraternal reunion of PAPI’s regular and associate members.
The dual observance of “National Press Congress month” and “Month of Community Press in the Service of the Nation” is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1187, s. 2006, which was issued in recognition of the vital role and contributions of publishers, media executives, editors, writers, community journalists, broadcasters, reporters, correspondents, public information and media relation officers, campus journalists and people engaged in communication media in national development. The National Press Club, the Philippine Press Institute, and the Federation of Provincial Press Clubs are in support of the activities of the dual celebration.
Founded by General Hans M. Menzi in 1974, PAPI is the country’s largest professional organization of publishers, community editors, columnists, broadcasters, and correspondents. Its membership has expanded to include other media practitioners, apart from print, as associate members. Its affiliate publications in the regions reach a weekly print circulation of over a million copies. PAPI has endeavored to uphold press freedom and promote the principles and ideals of the journalism profession as an instrument for public service, especially in the countryside.