CEBU CITY, 12 July (PIA) -- In this digital age where the spread of fake news is rampant, the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) invited youth leaders from universities in Cebu City as well as local media personalities to discuss and seek their support in the PCOO's campaign against fake news and disinformation.
PCOO Sec. Martin Andanar led the discussion after the Pre-State of the Nation Address (SONA) forum at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino on July 10, 2019.
Being the top communication arm of the executive branch, PCOO hopes for Filipinos, especially the youth, to be instruments of change by teaching them how to to put a stop to fake news and disinformation.
"PCOO cannot do this alone. We do have the resources and technology but we need your help especially the young generation that is active in this crossroad of change," Andanar said as he encouraged the youth to join in the campaign.
He emphasized that the youth have a vital role in the drive against fake news and disinformation since most of them are active online.
PCOO presented their campaign platform dubbed "Dismiss Disinformation" that guides the public how to identify fake news using the 5Cs: Content, Context, Communicator's Identity, Creator's Intent, and Consequence.
With their new initiative under the Dismiss Disinformation, PCOO encouraged the youth to join the "Youth for Truth" association to ensure that the good news of the nation and the right information on government programs will spread.
"Youth for Truth" engaged young generations to actively seek, protect, and uphold values of integrity and trust.
It has a radio program committed to combat fake news and disinformation. (FAN/PIA7)