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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

PIA DG Fabia lauds info officers of Region 6

PIA Press Release
2010/12/02

PIA DG Fabia lauds info officers of Region 6
by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (2 December) -- The government information officers from various national, provincial and municipal government offices in Western Visayas were commended by Director General Jose A. Fabia of the Philippine Information Agency for assisting the PIA in making sure that the government programs and projects were properly understood by the people especially in the countryside.

DG Fabia, who was the guest of the recent Year-End Conference for Information Officers said that "it is very important that we use information and communications, to be able to help improve the quality of life of the people."

Fabia emphasized the importance of a feedback mechanism under the Aquino administration, because the President wanted to know how the people appreciates the programs and projects implemented.

"It is important that we have to make sure that there is constant communication between the Office of the President and the people. That way the people can report to us which government agencies are properly implementing programs and projects, and those agencies that are sleeping on their jobs."

If the people are properly informed and understand the government programs, they will readily participate in the government undertakings for the development of the country, Fabia said.

"President Aquino had been elected on the platform of 'Daang Matuwid' and proper communication will pave the way towards the attainment of unity, understanding and progress," he said.

Fabia said that to strengthen the government's feedback mechanism, "we intend to launch the Citizen's Journalism in order to make sure that the citizens are heard", and the government will respond to their needs.

The PIA Director General awarded trophies and certificates to the Best Performing Information Officers in Region 6 during the event in Iloilo City, and told them "some of you were recognized today, but there will be more who will be cited in the future". (PIA6)

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