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PCOO invites gov’t info officers to national meeting

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By Minerva BC Newman

Iloilo City – The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) is inviting all information officers in the city and Iloilo province to attend the National Information Officers Convention in Davao City on February 19 to 21 in order to push for the regularization of the PIO position in state agencies particularly from the local government units.

“PCOO sees the importance of having an Information Officer in all local government units, national government agencies and even in the private sector because government cannot do it alone, private media cannot do it alone, and in communications the more the better,” PCOO Assistant Secretary for Operations and Legislative Affairs Maria Paz Banaag said.

At a gathering of more than 80 information officers in Iloilo City last week, the PCOO launched the Provincial Communication Officers Network (PCO Net).

Banaag said the agency realized the intricacies and the laws, rules that limit the process of appointment of information officers which for years were not given importance.

“This time we wanted government to recognize the importance of Information Officers.”

She said information officers are key partners of government in linking the national government to the local government units.

Banaag said some of the sessions for the three-day event include how to create a simple communication plan; responsible sharing of information; what are Freedom of Information and open governance; how to combat fake news; how to be more responsible government servants or Information Officers; how to self-regulate in social media; how to conduct a simple press conference; how to handle media; and how to share to local chief executives and barangay captains the implementation of a communication plan.

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