By Noel Cabobos
- HAILED PAPI’S NATIONAL PRESS CONGRESS SAYING IT HIGHLIGHTS MEDIA’S COLLABORATIVE EFFORT TO FOSTER ENVIRONMENTAL CARE AND BOLSTER TOURISM
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte hailed the forthcoming National Press Congress to be held in Kalibo and Boracay Island saying it is a timely event that will highlight the Fourth Estate’s collaborative efforts to foster environmental care and bolster tourism in our communities.
Bannering the theme, “Media-Environment-Local Governance-Tourism-Science and Technology Partnership Towards Meaningful Growth,” the 24th National Press Congress will be conducted on December 3-6 in Kalibo, the Aklan’s capital, and will cap in Boracay Island.
The annual event, which is mandated under Presidential Proclamation 1187 declaring December every year as the Month of the Community Press in the Service of the Nation, is organized by the Publishers Association of the Philippines for its unrelenting effort to promote press freedom in the country.
“May this occasion emphasize the importance of a free press and responsive LGus in maintaining the positive gains we have so far achieved as a nation,” President Duterte said in his fraternal statement while emphasizing, “I trust that the participants will embody excellence in their journalistic work as they underscore the role of the press in the service of the people.”
The President also called on the media to personify truthfulness and objectivity in reporting “as we create a well-informed citizenry and strengthen our democratic institutions.”
“The synergy between media outlets and local government units (LGUs) play a crucial role in nation-building. I thus welcome this timely congress that highlights their collaborative efforts to foster environmental care and bolster tourism in our communities,” he further stated.
PAPI President Nelson Santos and Chairman Emeritus Johnny Dayang both welcomed the president’s statement of support. President Duterte has been invited to grace the event as guest of honor and speaker.
Dayang also enjoined student writers and bloggers to actively participate in the event as it included sessions that will enhance their writing skills and professionalism, generate goodwill with the working press, and widen their perspective and knowledge in their mandate.
The National Press Congress led by PAPI, the oldest association of newspaper and magazine publishers in the country, annually gathers publishers, editors, columnists, reporters, correspondents, photojournalists, broadcasters, including radio-TV station managers, production managers, news directors, commentators, public information officers, corporate and public affairs officers, and campus writers
For registration and further details about the event, please coordinate with at the press congress secretariat or may contact Nelson Santos at 0917-8498730 and Johnny Dayang at 0949-1294777.