QUEZON CITY, September 18 (PIA) -- Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Director-General Ramon Cualoping III is encouraging his fellow government workers to practice responsible dissemination of truthful information in social media to battle fake news especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cualoping was one of the resource speakers of the 10th webinar of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Virtual Learning Series recently.
There, he discussed about "Social Media Etiquette in the Workplace," highlighting the values of professionalism and responsibility in sharing, using and managing information on social media.
Cualoping, however, noted the proliferation of fake news online and said to the participants, as government employees and communicators, that they have the responsibility to disseminate accurate, vital, and timely information. In addition, he said, they must vow to continuously engage with the public and to "explain, explain, explain" the policies and programs of the Duterte Administration, which ensure and promote the welfare of every Filipino.
In his presentation, Cualoping explained that there are major influencers to an individual in social media that include friends, family, and ordinary people. Second influencers, he said are the celebrities, third are the experts, fourth are the elders, and then fifth are the leaders.
He also added that the PIA loves to engage with people who are informed and can become ambassadors or multipliers who will spread timely, accurate, and relevant information to their respective circles of influence.
He said, however, the PIA is also targeting those "informed but misinformed; informed but refuses to understand; and those who are uninformed" members of society.
Moreover, Cualoping also shared to the 300 officials and employees some insightful practices on how to handle and respond to netizens that tag or mention SEC online accounts. (PIA-NCR)