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Summit to make Mindanao a positive region set for Nov. 26-27

Davao City (22 November) -- The Mindanao Summit on Media and Culture, a summit that aims to promote Davao and Mindanao positively with the help of the media and various sectors concerned, will be pushed through. This will be on November 26-27, 2008 at the Royal Mandaya Hotel from 8am to 5pm.

The Department of Tourism and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) spearheaded the said event in coordination with the Philippine Information Agency, Davao Press Club, Compostela Valley Press Club, Davao del Norte Press Club, Kapisanan ng mga Broadcaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), Office of the Press Secretary Jess Dureza and Mindanao Economic Development Council (MEDCO).

The speakers of this summit are those with diverse knowledge on the topic and have utmost concern for the peace and order situation in Mindanao. The participants for this summit are the media practitioners from the different institutions, private sectors, professors from the academes, representative from the concern national government agencies, tourism officers, the peace advocates and other sector that are deemed important to come in the event.

The target number of participants is limited to 60 pax only and there are exciting prizes at stake. There is no registration fee required provided that the interested participants have submitted the confirmation slip by faxing it to (084) 221-0070 or 221-0069 (DOT XI) on or before November 24. Non-submission of the confirmation slip means paying P1, 200 for the registration fee. For more details regarding the event, you may call the DOT XI office through numbers above and look for Philip or Eden.

The summit has the following objectives. First, identify and assess the status, problems and future directions of mass media, culture, tourism, and peace in Mindanao. Second, identify and examine ways to solve its problems utilizing mass media, communication, tourism, peace, and culture strategies. Third, analyze and improve existing programs and projects of various government and non-government agencies in Mindanao on media, culture and arts, tourism and peace. Fourth, forge and strengthen strategic partnerships with various government, non-government, media, tourism, peace and culture institutions to address these problems.

Lastly the summit aims to formulate and implement faithfully and seriously a sustainable development plan on media, tourism, peace, and culture for the benefit of its constituents. (DOT/PIA XI) [top]

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