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Monday, August 8, 2016

PIA execs start round of regional visits

By Gideon C. Corgue

ZAMBOANGA CITY – A few days after they assumed their posts as director-general and deputy director general of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the two young executives made their first regional visit in Zamboanga City recently.

DG Harold Clavite,  39 years-old and a former digital communications officer of UNDP in New York, USA and  DDG Angelo Villar, 29, former political affairs officer of the Senate of the Philippines visited the city upon the invitation of the Mindanao Communicators’ Network (MCN).

Clavite and Villar were invited as guests during the re-launching of the Kapihan program dubbed “Frontera Noticias – Kapihan na Garden Orchid” organized by PIA9, local press and MCN on August 3 at the Garden Orchid Hotel here.

DG Clavite said they made a visit to the region to have a complete understanding of the organization and its people.

“This is our first regional visit and we gather information by getting a glimpse of what is going down here and if the heart of the staff are in the right place,” Clavite announced.

The information centers (ICs) from the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, Basilan and Zamboanga City presented a 2-minute video on the best practices of the ICs especially the advocacy campaigns of the agency.

“It’s amazing to see the videos from the different ICs. We are glad to work  with experts on the ground despite your manpower predicament. I commend you for the hard work, commitment and dedication that you’ve been pooling into PIA,” Clavite proudly said.

He vowed to strengthen the regional and provincial offices through trainings to upgrade their skills, adding that workers are the pillars of the organization.
“I am impressed that PIA exists in all provinces in region 9 to better serve the people,” DDG Villar said.

“We are very optimistic and excited as to where we can bring the agency since we rely mostly on the support of the people,” Villar added.

Meanwhile, Clavite said he vows to implement a very important project which is to improve the website of the agency.

“Our goal is to improve the website of PIA where people can have an easy access to information and find everything they need to know in a single portal,” Clavite concluded.