TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, May 27 (PIA)--Over 300 government employees, representatives from private offices and civil society organizations, academe and members of the media participated in the recently conducted roadshow led by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) here.
The PCOO multi-sectoral roadshow, in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency, aimed at informing and engaging the public on the initiatives and achievements of the Duterte administration.
These initiatives include safeguarding mass media and press freedom through the creation of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS); Freedom of Information (FOI) Program; promoting gender equality through the Gender and Development Focal Point System (GFPS); and educating the public on Rehabinasyon.
Undersecretary Jose Joel Sy Egco, PTFoMS executive director, highlighted some of the breakthroughs and milestones the task force had accomplished in less than three years of existence in his discussion on Safeguarding the Press Freedom in the Philippines.
Egco said that in its 2018 Global Impunity Index, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) noted that while the Philippines remained at its previous ranking of No. 5, it was considered to have significantly improved its status in terms of protecting journalists.
The undersecretary added that the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) also delisted the Philippines from the top 5 Most Dangerous Countries in the World for Journalists on December 2018.
Meanwhile, PCOO assistant secretary and Freedom of Information Program director Atty. Kristian Ablan discussed how the public can access data and documents from government agencies vis-a-vis the FOI program.
Ablan explained the salients points to consider when accessing the e-FOI portal, including the procedures and the restrictions in requesting information from any government office.
Ablan said FOI is a tool for citizens, government workers and the academe to access the information that the government has for them to use it in having a meaningful dialogue when it comes to passing the budget or approving a particular project.
The roadshow was also a venue for PCOO Asec. Atty. Maria Ana Paz Rafael to discuss the content of the Philippine Revised Gender-Fair Media Guidebook which promotes gender equality and appropriate portrayal of women in the media.
She said the guidebook will also equip people with the standards that they should expect from the media, from reading the news down to watching commercials, movies, and television programs.
PCOO Office of Brand Integration chief-of-staff Karl Louie Fajardo also introduced to the participants the "REHABiNASYON" campaign, a portmanteau of rehabilitation and nation, aims to take a holistic approach in eliminating the country's drug problem by putting a premium on the rehabilitation of drug surrenderers.
PCOO Office of Brand Integration chief-of-staff Karl Louie Fajardo explains that REHABiNASYON envisions to make the country drug-free and to ensure a better future for Filipino families, especially the youth. (Photo by PIA-2)
Fajardo said REHABiNASYON envisions to make the country drug-free and to ensure a better future for Filipino families, especially the youth.
Fajardo added that REHABiNASYON features three components: #RealNumbers, #RealSolutions, and #RealStories where initiatives like information dissemination, treatment of drug dependents, livelihood programs, job security, and alternative modes of development will be reintroduced and implemented across the country. (ALM/PIA-2)