“A well-informed Filipino is an empowered Filipino,” says PIA official Feature

  • August 04, 2017
  • Alma L. Tingcang

BONGAO, Tawi Tawi, August 4 (PIA) - - Close to 200 participants attended the ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Forum here organized by the Philippine Information Agency which was held recently at The Initiative for Tawi Tawi Area Development Foundation Auditorium.  

 

Mayor Jimuel S. Que of Bongao welcomed the guests led  by PIA Director General Harold G. Clavite as well as participants from the local government units, national government agencies, academe, youth, business sector, religious groups and other sectors of the community.

 

“Hopefully, Tawi Tawi will benefit from the ASEAN and we will learn much from this forum. This will give us more knowledge and more information because many of us still do not know what ASEAN is all about,” said the good mayor.

 

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations ASEAN is composed of 10 member countries, namely: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

 

“Thank you for this wonderful experience in this beautiful island of Tawi Tawi. This is my second time to be here and it’s good to be back,” said DG Harold Clavite.

 

He recalled that he stayed in the island for one and a half month, 16 years ago when he was with Gawad Kalinga. DG Clavite appreciated the development of the island especially Bud Bongao, the eco-tourism park, and the peace and serenity of the place.

 

“Memorable ang paghost ng Pilipinas sa ASEAN because this year marks its 50th anniversary and PIA is tasked to spread information on ASEAN,” DG Clavite stated.

 

He cited that the Philippines is the gateway to the ASEAN and offers a lot of opportunities on business and economy, tourism, education,  among others.

 

The ASEAN multi-sectoral forum intends to share information and to bring along other agencies of government to address the concerns of the community.

 

“PIA has been serving the public for 30 years under the umbrella of the Presidential Communications Operations Office. We are the public information arm of the government. Nakikipagtulungan at nakikipag ugnayan po kami sa mga communities to make sure na umaabot sa inyo ang mga programa ng gobyerno,” he explained.

 

The Philippine Information Agency has 16 regional offices and 72 information centers (ICs) to better serve the public. There is no infocenter however in Tawi Tawi. “But we are exploring potential partnership with LGUs, with Gov. Matba and Mayor Que so we could open an IC here. We are planning to establish 15 additional ICs from 2017- 2018 so next year, we could say that we have PIA offices from Batanes to Tawi Tawi,” said Clavite.

 

He showed a short video which depicted the Philippines as the texting capital of the world in the 1990s. In 2011, we became the social networking capital and now, we are the most social nation in the planet. We love to create, consume and share information.

 

Among PIA’s mandate is to ensure that every Filipino is a well-informed citizen. “We distribute information that will improve your quality of life because we believe that a well-informed Filipino is an empowered Filipino,” the PIA official quoted.

 

He cautioned however that one should be responsible in what he posts and shares on social media because sometimes we spread fake news.

 

PIA uses four platforms to ensure that its target audience will be reached:  on print, online,  on air, and on the ground, similar to the conduct of the ASEAN multi-sectoral forum.  

 

Other guests who graced the multi-sectoral forum were PIA regional directors Noemi B. Edaga (Region 9), Efren F. Elbanbuena (Region 11) and Abner M. Caga (CARAGA); Abdul Jalil Umangan of MinDA; Josefina Reyes of DSWD; Ameer Hassa Doro of POEA; Jalpa Jumdain - DOLE; Nazrulla G. Masahud - DTI;  and Dr. Aldrin Ibbo - PCCI ARMM governor. (ALT-PIA9/Zamboanga Sibugay)


Other News

High, Inclusive Growth Plan starts picking up steam
  • August 18, 2017
MANILA, Aug. 18 -- Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) expansion of 6.5 percent in the second quarter is “solid proof” that the government’s “unparalleled” investment strategy anchored on the ‘Build, Build, Build” program has started to “pick up steam,” and is on course to steering the Philippine economy towards a growth path of 6.5 to 7.5 percent for 2017.   Dominguez expressed the hope that the Senate would help the government meet this high growth target by passing soon enough—and in full—its own version of the compre...Read more
DSWD-7 gives free meds, cash grants, trainings under Lingap sa Masa
  • August 18, 2017
CEBU CITY, August 2 (PIA) --- More than a thousand indigent people in the region accessed free medicine through the Libreng Gamot Para Sa Masa or LINGAP SA MASA Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region-7.  Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Cebu Team Leader Timotea Gadapan said that 1,656 patients were admitted at Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) up to P75,000 worth of medicines per patient as of July 25, 2017. LINGAP sa Masa, which began in Februray, has a budget of P121 million, of which P 18.7 million or 15 percent have already been...Read more
DTI-7 launches Kapatid “Mentor Me” Program Batch 3
  • August 18, 2017
CEBU CITY, August 2 (PIA) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Region 7, in cooperation with the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) and Go Negosyo, launched the Kapatid “Mentor ME” Batch 3 and Aral Negosyo-Angat Kapatid Countryside Negosyo Program at the Marco Polo Plaza Hotel today. Twenty-eight micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) comprised the 3rd batch of mentees under the Kapatid Mentor Micro Entrepreneurs (KMME) Program. The mentees tackled Module 1 (Enterpreneurial Mind-Setting and Deepening-Values) and Module 2 (Enterpreneurial Marketing Minds...Read more
EDC Negros-wide quiz bee semi-finals set
  • August 18, 2017
NEGROS ORIENTAL, Aug 2 (PIA) -- The Energy Development Corporation’s (EDC) Negros Island Battle of the Brains (BOTB) kicks off this month of August, with elimination rounds scheduled in five areas of Negros: Bacolod City on August 7, Bago on August 9, Kabankalan on August 11, Dumaguete City on August 15, and Bais on August 17. The regional science trivia contest is open to the all junior and senior high schools in Negros Island Region (NIR). EDC Corporate Communication Officer Frances Ariola said the youth of Negros are highly encouraged to join, if not as contestants, then as audienc...Read more