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PIA Press Release
2006/09/25

Media assured of access to modern IT equipment for ASEAN Summit

Cebu City (25 September) -- Cebu local media is assured that they would be able to do their job in gathering pertinent and updated information, and access to modern IT equipment during the upcoming ASEAN Summit in December 2006.

This was according to Ambassador Marciano Paynor, Secretary General, National Organizing Committee (NOC) 12th ASEAN Summit in his recent speech before Cebu press and Masscom students in Cebu City in celebration of Cebu Press Freedom Week 2006.

Paynor bared that NOC is preparing well the media center for local and national media to be joined by at least 2,500 foreign media during the summit, as they realize and acknowledge the importance of media.

"It is our job to ensure that you do your job," he told the press.

While Paynor commended Cebu press in saying that he truly admits that the local media in Cebu are different as they ask issues with essence and are not confrontational, he stressed that as media has a duty to do factual coverage, NOC assures fairness to all the press. "We assure that every meetings there is a briefing with the media and for proper information made available," he said.

Paynor on the other hand, asked the local press for their understanding for certain procedures during the summit as the committee will certainly have difficulty in physically handling all the media.

He bared that during the summit, the program of activities of the Head of States actually do not have any provisions for interaction yet with the press. However, he said, if the press wanted to talk to the Ministers, the Secretariat is willing to accommodate requests for them to ask the dignitaries for their approval and eventually arrange for the venue and time of a possible presscon.

But Paynor stressed even still that "there is no provision for a general press conference during the summit."

Asked if the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) will not make it as scheduled a media center would still be made available, Paynor clarified that "hypothetically if the CICC will not be finished on time, we have a Plan B as summits or big events like this always have Plans A to D even."

Paynor clarified that construction of CICC is in place, and "yes there have been delays, but it is in place. (PIA/gfg) [top]

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