speaker Ms. Ninfa Ilumida B. Quirante, Officer in Charge (OIC)
of Public Information Agency (PIA), Eastern Samar Provincial
Information Office gives some refresher course on news
writing to DPWH public IOs through workshop.
information officers now warriors of fake news
July 4, 2018
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Public Information Officers (IOs) of Biliran District
Engineering Office (DEO) are seriously taking up the challenge of
fighting fake news.
Public IOs Ms. Chelsea Q.
Salloman, Engr. Gene F. Delfin, and Mr. Penny Lloyd E. Batoto attend
Workshop under Communication Development Program (CommDev) of the
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on June 7-8, 2018.
The workshop was held during the 2nd Quarterly Meeting of DPWH
Region VIII Public IOs at Eastern Samar District Engineering Office
(ESDEO), Borongan City, Eastern Samar.
According to District
Engineer (DE) Manolo A. Rojas of ESDEO, the DPWH has been allocated
by the government with the biggest budget this year.
“With great power comes
great responsibility,” DE Rojas said quoting the fictional character
Spiderman. “This is the reason why all eyes are focusing on our
performances,” he added during his welcome remarks to public IOs.
“Because of the technology
and accessible social media, a lot of information are now displayed
on the internet and everything is only one click away, fake news is
very rampant,” he said.
According to DE Rojas, the
public has to know the good news on what the DPWH is doing, that
they deserve to know the truth and that they are privileged.
“That is now the work of
Public Information Officers, and that is also the reason why you are
important,” DE Rojas said.
“You are the voice of the
department, you are the warrior of fake news, and you are the
communicator of good news,” he added.
Fake news/ disinformation
is an information that is false, and the person disseminating it
knows it is not true, therefore it is an intentional lie.
Resource speaker, Ms.
Ninfa Ilumida B. Quirante, Officer in Charge (OIC) of Public
Information Agency (PIA), Eastern Samar Provincial Information
Office gives some refresher course on news writing to DPWH public
IOs through workshop.
In fighting fake news,
public IOs of Biliran DEO together with other district IOs of DPWH
pledged to write only what is the truth, what is verifiable, and
what is accurate and timely.