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Full-scale preparations for National Press Congress Month underway

by Johnny Nunez, PAPI

Quezon City (26 November) -- Various media organizations are gearing up preparations for the observance of the "National Press Congress Month" and the "Month of the Community Press in the Service of the Nation" starting from December 1, this year in different parts of the country.

Under Proclamation 1187, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared the Month of December of every year as the "National Press Congress Month" and the "Month of the Community Press in the Service of the Nation under the auspices of the Publishers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PAPI)."

Media organizations such as regional, provincial newspaper and magazine publications, press clubs, broadcast groups and media-initiated "kapihan" are preparing to conduct roundtable discussions, symposiums, conferences and other activities in their respective areas designed to promote press freedom and underscore their lofty ideals as a public service, especially in the countryside.

The Mindanao Media Associations (MMA) and The Visayan Media Association (VMA), including the 54-year old Aklan Press Club, Inc. (APCI) are holding civic activities and educational programs in various capitals of Visayas and Mindanao to mark the celebration.

Dr. Ambrosio R. Villorente, president of the Aklan Press Club, Inc. (APCI) reported that he will gather leaders of the community, provincial and municipal officials to discuss the role of the press in improving local governance. For his part, Wilfredo 'Jun' Berganio, regional chairman of PAPI for Region II, revealed that he would spearhead an active press freedom movement to promote and protect the welfare of the working mediamen in the region.

The month-long celebration will be highlighted by the 13th National Press Congress, be held at the Benitez Hall of the Teachers Camp in Baguio City from Dec. 11 - 13.

In addition to the main conference, PAPI is holding an executive session exclusively for future journalists and communicators dubbed as "Students Press Congress 2008," on Dec. 11, 2008 also in Baguio City to usher in the national press congress, the country's biggest annual gathering of media practitioners.

The 3-day strategic convergence -- of mediamen practitioners, communicators and advocates of various discipline who are promoting the national welfare -- conceived to be media's response to the threatening issues of global magnitude such as financial and economic crisis and the global environmental destruction, global warming and climate change.

For details, please call PAPI secretariat at Unit 206, Cityland Condominium VIII, No. 98, Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City, tel. 8929278, Fax: 8944687; CP 09209094379; Email (PAPI/PIA) [top]

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