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Friday, July 8, 2016

PIA, private media groups team up to enhance public info delivery in Zambo

By Dominic I. Sanchez

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) here is teaming up with the private media, local cable providers and the Garden Orchid Hotel to promote transparency in government through regular government-media engagements starting in August, this year.

Noemi B. Edaga, PIA regional director said that the agency endeavors to bring together representatives from the national government and members of the press in a weekly “Kapihan” program, which aims to discuss timely, relevant and public interest issues in an open forum.

Jayvee Francisco, president of the Zamboanga City Press Club, Inc. (ZPCI) expressed his support to the undertaking. “We need such a program to be able to address prevailing issues in the city,” he said.

“This project was borne out of its need by the public. The public has to have a regular venue where they can learn about government programs, and basically learn of the services that government offers,” Director Edaga said.

The project is currently in the planning stage and the press club, including Sky Cable and Mindanao Cable have expressed their support to help realize the Kapihan.