An­da­nar air­sad­vo­cacy with the me­dia

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY NI­COLE RE­NEE DAVID Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO – “My ad­vo­cacy is with the me­dia, which gave me the op­por­tu­nity to roam around the coun­try and serve the peo­ple.”

Thus said Pres­i­den­tial Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Op­er­a­tions Of­fice (PCOO) Sec­re­tary Martin An­da­nar on Fri­day when he or­ga­nized a meet and greet ses­sion with the Pam­panga me­dia prac­ti­tion­ers at Ca­pam­pan­gan Is­land Grill and Restau­rant here.

An­da­nar dis­closed that the meet­ing aimed to forge a re­la­tion­ship be­tween me­dia and gov­ern­ment by get­ting to know them.

“As a PCOO sec­re­tary, I want to reach out with the me­dia prac­ti­tion­ers, meet them and hear from them how they work in their fields where they find the chal­lenges and is­sues, and where they solve them by in­form­ing the pub­lic. I am do­ing this be­cause I am a me­dia man and I would die a me­dia man, too. Af­ter this gov­ern­ment, I will go back to pri­vate me­dia,” An­da­nar said.

An­da­nar is a for­mer tele­vi­sion news per­son­al­ity and news an­chor for TV5.

An­da­nar noted that he al­ready met some me­dia prac­ti­tion­ers from Dipolog City, Dap­i­tan, Zam­boanga del Norte, Cebu, Nueva Ecija, and Cavite to hear their con­cerns.

Copies of a man­ual called ‘Hand­book on Per­sonal Se­cu­rity Mea­sures for Me­dia Prac­ti­tion­ers’, which was pub­lished by the Pres­i­den­tial Task Force on Me­dia Se­cu­rity, were dis­trib­uted by An­da­nar dur­ing the meet­ing.

“In the hands of the Pam­panga me­dia right now is the hand­book that can keep ev­ery­one, par­tic­u­larly me­dia, safe. This is the an­swer to the dan­ger­ous road and threats me­dia prac­ti­tion­ers have to face ev­ery day in their news beats,” An­da­nar said.

An­da­nar then met up with the Bu­la­can press on Satur­day.

-Chris Navarro

MEET THE PRESS. Sec­re­tary Martin An­da­nar speaks be­fore the Pam­panga med­i­men dur­ing Fri­day’s press briefing on se­cu­rity mea­sures for jour­nal­ists.

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