Feature: Bringing government together through ASEAN

  • March 16, 2017
  • Cherry Joy Discaya-Garma

LAOAG CITY, March 16 (PIA) – Government services continue to roll out as various initiatives to bring its programs down to the grassroots level have intensified.

 

Recently, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Ilocos Region launched two information kiosks at the Laoag International Airport in Ilocos Norte to bridge the gap between the government and the people.

 

Led by PIA Deputy Director General Gregorio Angelo Villar, the kiosks were unveiled as part the Agency’s strategies to promote the Philippines’s hosting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) which coincides to the Association’s 50th anniversary.

 

In his message, Villar emphasized that the holding of various ASEAN activities will bring the government together.

 

“Rest assured that your government is united in trying to impart knowledge and information for everyone to be aware of what it means to be part of the ASEAN community,” Villar said.

 

For this year, Villar said the PIA is taking the initiatives of informing the Filipinos and the citizen of what our country is doing as part of the ASEAN region.

 

He also underscored the importance of proper information dissemination to the public.

 

“Through availability of information, we hope to build a stronger, empowered citizenry,” he said.

 

He cited the Executive Order No. 2 or the Freedom of Information (FOI) as one of the most monumental accomplishments of the present administration.

 

“We hope that our legislators would sign it to law so these are the little initiatives. Value of information-imperative for good governance” said Villar.

 

As part of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, the PIA is mandated to bring government policies, programs, and services closer to the people through information so that they could avail what the government is offering.

 

Apart from setting up information kiosks in strategic areas, other initiatives such as information caravan and fora are being conducted nationwide by the PIA to further inform and empower citizenry especially through the use and through the availability of information from the government.

 

“Let’s continue bringing our government together through the ASEAN. Together, we can be partners for change and partners for communicating the change we want for our country,” Villar said. (JNPD/CJDG/PIA-1, Ilocos Norte)


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