Columbres, PIO staff of DPWH-RO 8, discusses the new
strategy for countering fake news.
DPWH PIOs combat
BON JOSEPH N. ASTILLA
June 11, 2018
CALBAYOG CITY – In
response to the proliferation of fake news, DPWH Public Information
Officers (PIOs) from all over Region VIII tackle countermeasures and
new media during their 2nd quarterly meeting cum workshop in
Borongan City, Eastern Samar on June 7-8, 2018.
Besides from the usual
news prints and radio broadcasts, there’s a new media that is
changing the way people across the world are entertained and consume
information. These are blogs, virtual reality, online newspapers,
digital games and the most popular, social media.
With more than 4 billion people using the internet for an average of
6 hours per day, going digital has become an essential part of
everyday life for most. Unfortunately, this is also how fake news
Two years ago, “fake news” was not a term many people used but as of
today, is seen as a threat. “Fake news is actually disinformation
wherein the information is false and the person who is disseminating
it knows it is false” said Mr. Randy Columbres, PIO staff of DPWH-Regional
Office. It is an intentional lie.
As part of the strategy, PIOs are tasked to curate content in the
dissemination of information. Curated content is searchable,
reader-friendly, and potentially engaging because it showcases
variety of thoughts and ideas melded into a central platform.
In this way, misinformation and disinformation will be avoided and
it will safeguard the truth.