PCOO exec high­lights im­por­tance of gov’t, me­dia bridge pol­icy

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CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO— Pres­i­den­tial Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Op­er­a­tions Of­fice (PCOO) Sec­re­tary Martin M. An­da­nar high­lighted the im­por­tance of strength­en­ing the link be­tween gov­ern­ment and m edi a.

Dur­ing a meet­ing with the lo­cal me­dia in Pam­panga, he said PCOO is ex­ert­ing its ef­forts in or­der to strengthen its ad­vo­cacy on me­dia pol­icy, me­dia en­gage­ment and me­dia so­lu­tions.

“As a PCOO sec­re­tary, I en­sure en­gage­ment with the me­dia be­cause this is our way of so­lic­it­ing sug­ges­tions and find­ing out the is­sues faced by the me­dia in their re­spec­tive lo­cal­i­ties. It is im­por­tant to know their is­sues so we know how to ad­dress them col­lab­o­ra­tively,” An­da­nar said.

As part of en­sur­ing the gen­eral in­ter­ests of the me­dia, the sec­re­tary then cited the is­suance of Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion and the Pres­i­den­tial Task Force on Me­dia Se­cu­rity as the first two ad­min­is­tra­tive or­ders is­sued by the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“These two ad­min­is­tra­tive or­ders which we cham­pion paved the way for the Philip­pines to be delisted from the world’s top coun­tries dan­ger­ous for jour­nal­ists. This hap­pened last year, nine years after the Maguin­danao mas­sacre,” he said.

In ad­di­tion, he also men­tioned the ef­forts of PCOO in es­tab­lish­ing the Of­fice of the Global Me­dia Af­fairs, as well as its smooth re­la­tion­ship with the in­ter­na­tional me­dia which led to the fa­cil­i­ta­tion of for­eign press cov­er­age dur­ing the re­turn of Balangiga bells and the Bangsamoro Or­ganic Law pl ebi sci t e.

An­da­nar also men­tioned about the Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MOU) which he fa­cil­i­tated in be­half of the Philip­pines with the coun­tries of Myan­mar and Thai­land.

“These MOUs are sim­i­lar with the ones we have with China, Hun­gary, Rus­sia, Cam­bo­dia and South Korea. These led to con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion or ex­ec­u­tive cour­ses for me­dia men and women in the coun­try which are not only lim­ited to gov­ern­ment me­dia but have been ex­panded to pri­vate me­dia as well so that they have the equal op­por­tu­nity to learn from these coun­tries,” the PCOO exec said.

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 also dis­trib­uted dur­ing the meet­ing.— Marie Joy L. Sim­pao/ PIA-3

— Chris Navarro

COV­ERED COURT. Fourth District Con­gress­man Juan Pablo ‘Rimpy’ P. Bon­doc, San Luis Mayor Ve­nan­cio ‘Asy­ong’ Ma­ca­pa­gal, Board Mem­ber Pol Balin­git, First Coun­cilor Dr. Jay Sagum and Barangay Chair­man Alex Panlilio led the re­cent bless­ing and in­au­gu­ra­tion of the newly con­structed cov­ered court in San Luis town.

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