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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tabak cites TDPC’s contribution to IPSP promotion

By Gideon C. Corgue

LABANGAN, Zamboanga del Sur – 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division commander Colonel Aminkandra  Undog on Saturday expressed his gratitude to the Tabak Defense Press Corps (TDPC) for its enormous contribution to the promotion of Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) “Bayanihan” of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Speaking during TDPC general assembly and fellowship night held at the Officer’s Club House, Kuta Major Ceasar Sang-an, Barangay Pulacan in this town, Undog said the AFP recognized TPDC’s indispensable role as its partner in ensuring a peaceful, secure and developed country. He also admitted that addressing all internal peace and security concerns cannot be done by the AFP alone.
The TDPC, which is composed of media practitioners from print, broadcast, television, and social media outfits, is helping the Tabak in disseminating its programs, project, accomplishments and pronouncements to the public.
Officers and members of TDPC from Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga Sur met and rubbed elbows Saturday in a party tendered by the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division.
Though the AFP has acknowledged TDPC’s vital role in disseminating bits of information to the public, it also encourages the group to be always fair and impartial in its reporting.
Undog said media is an important asset in disseminating important news and watchdog of our democracy. “They should always act with impartiality,
“In reporting news, the media should verify first the authenticity of the news before publication, telecasting and airing so that it would not create doubts in the minds of readers, listeners and viewers,” Undog said.
“News story should be clear and fair … because any story without confirmation and affirmation from the sources will not only create panic in the public but also in the security forces of the country,” he added.
He cited an instance where a media practitioner lost his conscious effort in reporting an ambush incident where a military man was a victim. “Because he failed to get important facts and details about the incident, he misled the family of the victim,” shared the Tabak commander.
Undog narrated a story of farmer who had a dog named “Kittie” that the life of his infant baby from a snake attack by throwing her out of harm’s way. Thinking that the dog killed her daughter because of the blood and meat in its mouth, he stabbed the dog to death without any apparent reason. But when he checked his daughter in her room, she was alive.
“The story taught us a very important lesson. We need to verify first the authenticity of the story before it will be aired and published,” Undog emphasized.    

In the same occasion, TDPC President Ellen Ajijul rendered her accomplishment report for calendar year 2014.