Thursday, November 5, 2015

Palace launches APEC information channel, public service announcement

As the country's hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit goes in full swing, Sky Cable Channel 133 will start giving the public updates on the event starting November 9, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said.

"This is part of our effort to bring the hosting to more people because, as the delegates come, coverage will be restricted but we would want our fellow Filipinos to see what will be going on inside and what the activities are," Valte said.

"This is part of our desire to bring the hosting closer to most of our people. The APEC channel will feature information on traffic schemes, as well as air coverage of speeches, meetings, and press briefings."

The public can tune in at Channel 133 to watch a live broadcast of the arrival of the 20 economic leaders as President Benigno S. Aquino III receives them on November 18, she said.

The channel will serve as the people's all-access pass to the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week, she added.

Valte further said that apart from the APEC channel, updates will also be available at the Google Playstore, the Apple iTunes Store and the app, MyAPEC, which will feature the APEC schedules, photos and releases.

"We wanted it as a handy complement for journalists also and for delegates who will be covering the APEC," she said.

Valte also announced the official launch of a public service announcement that they produced in cooperation with the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO), and Radio TV MalacaƱang (RTVM).

The government media relations entities involved are under the Strategic Messaging Committee of the APEC 2015 National Organizing Council, she said, adding that the public service announcement aims to relay to the public the government preparations for the APEC hosting.

The announcement, hosted by National Youth Commissioner Dingdong Dantes, explains the APEC as an organization and how it benefits member economies. The announcement also includes traffic rerouting and other information.

"We will be putting this material online and we hope that netizens will share it and will get to know more about the APEC and why we are doing this and what we want to achieve from our hosting," Valte said as she thanked Dantes for volunteering his time and talent in making the announcement. (PCOO News Release)

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