PIA Press Release
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
PIA to take on radical shift in news reportageDAVAO CITY ---- The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) is up to take a new twist in its way of writing and reporting news as outlined by its Director General Atty. Jose A. Fabia in recent meeting held at Davao regional office.
Fabia made it clear with regional office staff that “we are not propagandists of the President”, nor an instrument by which wrongdoings in the government would be hidden from the public.
“We should not be involved in trying to cover up mistakes of the government,” he said.
In telling PIA employees that their reporting would not necessarily be purely development, he urged them to “wake those who have fallen asleep and make the comfortable, uncomfortable.”
He said delivering information to the public should however be based on truth which he said should come out for society to get healed.”
“Di magbabago ang Pilipinas kung di makakarating sa kanya ang katotohanan,” he said.
Citing the use of this novel kind of government reporting, Fabia said “if there are children who are not in school because they don’t have something to eat, this should be made known so solutions can be provided.”
“They won’t care if they do not know,” he said referring to concerned agencies.
However, he cautioned government writers to also get the side of concerned government agencies to come up with objective and balanced news.
Meawhile, speaking before media practitioners as the guest speaker of the recently held Mindanao-Sulu-Palawan (MINSUPALA) Media Forum at the Royal Mandaya Hotel, Fabia told them that “we don’t have to hide the truth.”
“We will report the truth as we see it. In that way government will have to wake up,” he said.
Fabia looked back at the old way of government reporting which is a little less than the truth in order to preserve the government.
Pointing out the necessity for government reporting to cross boundaries, he said “sometimes things need to be broken to build it better.”
He bared plans of allowing government media entities to air complaints coming from any sector of the society, and using the same to take the side of those involved either in a complaint or a controversy.
However, he made it clear that government reporting would still bring the usual development stories, and that the new twist of reporting he was revealing, was meant to “expand the horizons of (government) media coverage.”
His revelation of the new trend for the government media caught private media practitioners by surprise.
DXDN Radyo Ukay Station Manager Aurora Lozada viewed Secretary Fabia’s idea of government reporting “as first time in Philippine government that the government will expose anomalies in government bureaucracy.”
“In the past years reporters in government, like you, won’t talk negative about any agency of the government but you are now given the mandate,” she said telling the PIA XI.
Lozada hoped the strategy will curb graft and corruption in government leading to a “meaningful transformation.” (PIA XI/jean duron-abangan)