TAGUM CITY, October 26 (PIA) - - The provincial government of Davao del Norte hosted earlier today (Oct. 26) the Press Freedom Month celebration participated by different local media with a theme ‘Katungod ug Respeto Ipatigbabaw sa Malahutayong Pamahayag.’
The celebration is pursuant to the proclamation of Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario last 2008 declaring every October as Press Freedom Month.
To kick off the activity, the Provincial Information Office holds a DavNor Karon, television program episode, during the regular monthly convocation of the provincial government at the Bulwagan ng Lalawigan.
Gov. Del Rosario said that the celebration being the only in the region showed the respect of the provincial government to the media as an essential factor of good governance.
“The media is vital in increasing the transparency and accountability in our decision making processes and communicating the principles of good governance to the society,” Del Rosario emphasized.
During the celebration, Aurora Lozada, consultant of the DXDN Radyo Ukay, received the first ever Gawad Mantala Lifetime Achievement Award for more than three decades of exemplary contribution as a broadcaster.
In the afternoon, the practitioners from different media outlets participated in the Medialympics at the RDR Gym, Davao del Norte Sports Complex.
The Medialympics include Basketball, Badminton, Volleyball, Table Tennis, Darts and parlor games. (PIA11, Michael Uy)