MANILA – The recently concluded PAPI 23rd National Press Congress by the Publishers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PAPI), held at the Bayleaf Hotel, Intramuros, Manila has highlighted community development through enhanced public awareness on science and technology.
The annual event is mandated under Presidential Proclamation 1187 which declared December every year as the Month of the Community Press in the Service of the Nation, and designed PAPI as lead agency for its observance. The 23rd National Press Congress edition was held in collaboration with the National Capital Regional office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-NCR).
In his message, DOST-NCR Regional Director Jose “Jojo’ Patalinjug, III stressed the value of their partnership with PAPI on the media event which he said will hopefully help bridge the communication gap in their efforts to bring science, technology and innovations to the people. He particularly cited the event’s theme: “Science and Technology as Prime Movers of Developmental Growth.”
DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña, who keynoted the press congress, also noted the theme’s clear message. “I appreciate that you have chosen the role of science and technology as prime movers of developmental growth for this year overall theme,” he said and emphasized the importance of Press Freedom and value of communication and connections. “We stand to benefit tremendously from collaboration in sharing knowledge for the greater good,” he added.
PAPI Chairman emeritus Johnny P. Dayang, acknowledged previous PAPI president Louie Areola who formally introduced Sec. Dela Pena, and incumbent president Nelson Santos for all their efforts to make their organization responsive to current development demands. “The information service of our people is dependent on our community press; we are the vanguard of press freedom as we deliver the right information to the grassroots,” he said.
Other highlights of the annual PAPI media event were the update by PCOO Undersecretary Joel M. Sy Egco, executive director of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) on related to the 2009 Maguindanao Massacre and related media killings and security, and the Senatoriables’ Forum.
At least 10 senatorial candidates participated in the Forum including DLSU law dean Chel Diokno, former DILG Sec. Rafael Alunan, noted election lawyer Romulo Macalintal and Magdalo partylist Rep. Gary Alejano, former Presidential spokesman Harry Roque, Profs. Toti Casino and Rizalito David, and lawyers Larry Gadon and Dan Roleta.