DAVAO DEL NORTE, November 04 (PIA)---Provincial Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario recently recognized the important role that private media practitioners play in disseminating balanced and fair information to the public.
In addressing the program on October 31 that capped the observance of Press Freedom Month in October, Del Rosario acknowledged the media sector as the 4thstate telling the practitioners of their crucial role as the critical eye to screen activities of government official
”You are the one who will say whether a government official is doing the right thing or not,” he said during the program cum dinner that Del Rosario hosted through the Provincial Information Office (PIO).
However, Del Rosario reminded media practitioners of the need for them to maintain “independence” saying, “that is the role you are expected to perform”.
But he asked them to be “fair” in their reportage and to “come up with right news and information” using the traditional media: print, television and radio, and even the social media to inform the people.
The program cum dinner that Gov. del Rosario hosted on the night of October 31 through the PIO, wrapped up the series of media activities focusing on academe, tourism and climate change and local governance.
The month-long observance of press freedom opened on October 13 during which PIO hosted the Provincial Monday Convocation featuring a talk show bringing on the panel of guests Gov. Del Rosario, chair of the Regional Development Council (RDC) with RDC Vice Chairperson Ma. Lourdes Lim, regional director of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) XI.
PIO then pushed the press freedom observance on Oct. 16, dubbing media partnership with the academe as Academedia. It conducted a training on audio video production and television reporting inviting in as participants high school and college students particularly the school-paper members.
On Oct. 17, PIO tied up media partnership with thetourism sector and brought the private media practitioners and the LGU information officers to Talikud Island being developed by the provincial government of Davao del Norte as a tourist destination.
On media and climate change, PIO featured the Oplan ANDAM (Awareness on Natural Disaster and Mitigation), the primary disaster risk reduction management program of the provincial government.
PIO brought the media partners to Cuambogan in Tagum City where the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDDRMO) taught them some life-saving techniques and got them involved in a crisis communication management workshop.
In the later part of October, PIO organized the Press Congress bringing in as guest speaker Ms.Celerita Amores, the assistant vice president on Regional Public Affairs Program of GMA to discuss the topic, “The Role of the Media in Regional Development.”
At the finale of the month-long Press Freedom observance, PIO organized a fun day on Oct. 31 solely for the private media practitoiners, highlighted by familiarization on handling of firearms and shooting exercises supervised by Police Senior Supt. Samuel Gadingan of Davao del Norte Police Provincial Office.
The Media Fun Day also engaged the private media practitioners in a basketball tournament in tandem with participating municipal \and city information officers in Davao del Norte. (PIA 11/ Jeanevive Duron-Abangan)