The Mindanao Media Hub (MMH) has kicked off its operations on Thursday with no less than Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar leading the formal inauguration of the state-of-the-art facility.
The PCOO chief said that with the opening of the MMH, the region can be assured that truthful information will be delivered to the public.
“This cannot be said often enough — the communication of truthful information is the foundation of a strong republic,” said Andanar in his virtual message.
The MMH — considered as one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s legacy projects — will serve as the main broadcast facility of the government for the regions in Mindanao and is envisioned to help usher growth in the rural areas there.
The P700-million facility houses PCOO’s satellite office in Davao City, as well as its attached agencies such as People’s Television Network Inc. (PTV), Philippine News Agency (PNA), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), APO Production Unit Inc. (APO), Radyo Pilipinas, and the Presidential Broadcast Staff — Radio Television Malacañang (PBS-RTVM).
Andanar also stressed that there are already plans to establish Visayas Media Hub in Cebu next year, which will provide news and information for the Visayas region.
The PCOO chief noted that the initiative of moving government media facilities closer to its audience strengthens the connectivity of the government and the people, which in return is expected to revitalize civic participation.
“Our office has set the ideal of information dissemination, by establishing direct connectivity with the people, through the best methods and mechanisms of transmission as well as for obtaining feedback. Current video streaming is now a means by which direct and immediate contact may be achieved with the viewers to effect productive discourse and dialogue.
This is revitalizing the democratic principle of civic participation,” Andanar said.
“We are glad to present these capabilities within the Mindanao Media Hub. Indeed, a well-informed citizenry reflects a well-informed government,” he added.
The President, on the other hand, reminded the government media to keep the public empowered through unbiased, truthful and credible reportage.
“The launch of the Mindanao Media Hub is another big step for this generation to foster an equitable media broadcasting environment in Mindanao. As you celebrate this momentous occasion, may you, our government media, continue to keep our people empowered through unbiased, truthful, and credible reportage,” Duterte said.
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