DAVAO City – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio lauded the holding of the National Information Convention (NIC) here as she urged communicators to contribute in defeating all forms of misinformation in the country.
Duterte-Carpio expresses hope that the planning sessions would pave the way to encourage communicators to be engaged with the communication policy plan intended to eliminate redundancy and to concentrate information dissemination.
In her speech read by Councilor Ma. Belen Acosta, the mayor said such initiative together with the proposed Comprehensive Communications Committee analysing public opinion would once and for all defeat all forms of misinformation.
She is hoping that the communicators would help shape a well-informed citizenry.
“Today marks a history in the sphere of communications as you make your first installment in the investment of building of a well-informed citizenry,” Duterte-Carpio said. “This is responsible information. This is effective communication. This is genuine change.”
The mayor noted that communication serves as a clutch of the government’s vehicle that allows its advocacies to keep rolling towards good governance.
She, however, reminded that government communication is beyond informing the public.
“It involves advocating the government’s thrusts and engaging the citizens through effective and responsible communication," she added.
Meantime, the mayor thanked the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) for selecting Davao City as host of NIC.
She also urged participants to experience the city through its wide array of exciting eco-adventure pursuits, gastronomic delights, and shopping and leisure activities.
“We invite you to discover why we say that life is here,” she said.
NIC opened in Davao City Monday with close to 2,000 participants from different regions nationwide.
With the theme, “Spurring Development and Empowering communities through Information”, the event is aimed at strengthening partnership between the public and private sector communicators.
This will also serve as the springboard to building a movement wherein communicators model responsible sharing of information and use their platforms to inspire civic engagement. (PNA)
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