PGMA creates international media office
Manila (5 September) -- Citing the need to improve the coverage of overseas media events of national import and the necessity for an organization to assist in the planning and coordination of initiatives to project government messages in international media, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has issued an Executive Order creating the International Media Office (IMO).
In EO No. 656 which she signed last Aug. 24, the President said the IMO is mandated to "monitor overseas media coverage and plan and coordinate initiatives to project government messages in international media in support of national interests and governance thrusts in security, law and order, economic, diplomatic, political, social and other areas."
Under the EO, the IMO shall be created under the Office of the Press Secretary (OPS) with logistical and personnel requirements sourced from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the National Security Council (NSC), the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the Department of Tourism (DoT), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE).
The EO further states that the Investor Relations Office shall support the IMO which shall "coordinate closely with Philippine embassies and consulates abroad."
The President allotted an initial P30 million for the operation of the IMO in its communications campaigns, chargeable to the OPS and other sources as may be identified by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
16 prisoners granted executive clemency
Manila (5 September) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has granted executive clemency to 16 prisoners convicted of various criminal offenses.
Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said in his press briefing this afternoon in Malacanang that the President had approved the conditional pardon of six prisoners and the commutation of sentences to 10 others on Sept. 3.
Granted conditional pardon were Francisco Buendia, Samuel Barredo, Juan Garing, Samuel Garing, Marcos Manalang and Armando Rivera.
Commuted were the sentences of Peter Canonigo, Ava Ma. Victoria Cariquez, Darwin Dy, Rolando Halog, Danilo Montano, Renante Perlas, Rhodesa Silan, Pepe Tranquia, Edgardo Vargas and Allan Villa. (OPS) [top]