Mon, 25 Mar 2019

ILIGAN CITY, Dec. 14 (PIA ICCC)--At least 100 stakeholders composed of government information officers, barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan chairpersons, campus journalists and school paper advisers, media practitioners, and bloggers in Iligan City will take part in the creation of Information Volunteers Network (IVN) as part of building of countrywide "information highway" spearheaded by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).

The recently launched 1st Information Volunteers' Network (IVN) Conference in Iligan City, will be one of the components of the information highway which will establish a stronger information network on the ground to combat disinformation and/or misinformation.

It will also serve as an auxiliary group that will promote advocacies ranging from good governance, health, nutrition, climate change, energy conservation, among others.

"We created the IVN primarily for the purpose of expanding our network of communicators. We want to make sure that a lot more people will be involved in the dissemination of programs and services of the government," said PIA Director General Usec. Harold Clavite.

"This is our way of facilitating citizen engagement. We want more people to be part of this network and we want a lot of people to utilize public information to push for nation building," Clavite added.

An IVN app is also planned to be launched next year which will allow the public to access information in relation to the programs of national government agencies.

IVN will also provide a feedback mechanism from the ground to the President and national level, Clavite added.

Sheika Shaila Aclainie Guro Bacolod, a student from Iligan City National High School - Tambacan Annex, shared her desire in being one of the information volunteers for IVN.

"It would be great honor for me to be a participant and help others to understand certain issues by giving them information," she said.

Under the Information Highway Plan, PIA also aims to build government information centers (GICs) in every province for the provision of free and equal access to government information, capacitate barangay information officers for massive information dissemination, develop media and information literacy for the youth and campus journalists in the Philippines and Southeast Asia and educate the public on the importance of responsible use of social media and multimedia platforms. (LEAntonio/PIA ICCC)

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