400 Buenavista residents gather in government’s IEC campaign

  • July 16, 2017
  • Lilibeth A. French

ILOILO CITY, July 16 (PIA6) - - About 400 people gathered in the municipality of Buenavista, Guimaras on Friday, July 14, for an information, education and communication campaign on government programs and advocacies.

Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Director General Harold Clavite led the IEC campaign composed of Multisectoral and Barangay Fora focusing on the country’s chairship of the 2017 Association of South East Nations (ASEAN).

As the information arm of the government, Clavite said part of the job of the agency is to educate the public on accurate and relevant information as well as to remind them not to spread false information.

“Gusto namin makipag-usap nang madalas sa taong bayan para ma-remind ang ating mga kababayan kung ano ang responsibilidad natin, kasi kung may hawak kang cellphone mayroon kang responsibilidad, hindi ito ibig sabihin na kahit ano mapick-up mo pwede mo nang ipakalat”, said Clavite.

He encouraged participants to be responsible in spreading or forwarding unverified information using their cellphones citing its possible negative effects during the Multi-Sectoral Forum attended by more than 200 municipal and barangay officials, students and representatives of national government agencies, non-government organizations, people’s organizations and business held at the Agri-Tourism Convention Center of  Guimaras State College in Buenavista.

Clavite said another primary task of PIA, one of the agencies under the Presidential Communications Operations Office, is to bring President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's message of change to the people on the government's accomplishments and programs as well as that of the national government agencies.

During the forum participants were introduced to ASEAN and its benefits by Clavite and PIA – Iloilo Information Officer II Leonard Pineda I. They were also briefed on the Freedom of Information by PIA 6 Director Atty. Janet Mesa and on the tax reform package by economists from the Department of Finance Manila. The PNP thru P/SInsp. Idel Hermonso, Chief Operations and Plans  of the Guimaras Police Provincial Office also updated them on the peace and order situation of the province.

In his message, Mayor Eugene Reyes expressed his gratitude to PIA for making Buenavista a part of the IEC campaign that enabled Buenavistahons to directly receive information on government's initiatives and programs from concerned government agencies that increased their awareness and participation in the implementation of these programs. The activities also gave them the opportunity to raise their queries and concerns on these government initiatives.

Clavite and Reyes joined barangay officials and representatives of PDEA, DOLE, BFAR and local social welfare and development office and agriculture office and Dir. Mesa in the KumpaS Barangay (Hinun-anon sa Presidente) held in Brgy. Getulio in the afternoon which was participated in by around 150 residents.

Hinun-anon participants took turns in airing their concerns and inquiries on government's social pension program and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program, livelihood opportunities for women, use of RHU birthing facility, amongst others during the two-hour event.

Clavite assured participants that their concerns are being noted by PIA and will be brought to appropriate agencies or to the Office of Secretary Martin Andanar and President Duterte.

Participants received IEC materials on ASEAN, tax reform, and other government programs from PIA staff . They also received free seeds from the local agriculture office.

The PIA 6-Iloilo Information Center initiated IEC campaign in Buenavista, Guimaras was the first in Western Visayas. Another Multi-Sectoral Forum will be organized in Iloilo province. (JCM/laf/PIA6 Iloilo)


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