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DOLE Palawan Participates in the ASEAN Advocacy Series in MIMAROPA

The Philippine Information Agency, under the Presidential Communications Operations Office, held its Third Leg of the ASEAN Advocacy Series in MIMAROPA entitled “Ugnayan sa PIA: ASEAN - A Community of Opportunities” last June 8, 2017, at the Legend Hotel, Palawan. DOLE Palawan Field Office participated in this event.

ASEAN is composed of 10 member states such as Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, LAO PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The advocacy aims to generate awareness and appreciation of ASEAN to enable the ordinary citizens to prepare and tap the opportunities that ASEAN brings under the motto, “One Vision, One Identity, One Community.”

The well-organized program was led by Director Victoria Mendoza, PIA MIMAROPA, who welcomed the guests and participants and presented the overview about ASEAN. Resource persons included Director Rosenda Fortunado of DTI for the topic on “Trade and Business Opportunities in the ASEAN for Palawan”, while Ms. Ira from the Department of Finance discussed “Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Revised Package”; Dr. Romeo Cabungcal, Palawan Provincial Agriculturist discussed “Agricultural Products with Big Markets in ASEAN”, while the new Palawan Provincial Head of DOLE, Mr. Bernardo B. Toriano, briefly talked on “Job Potentials in the ASEAN”. After the presentations, a thirty-minute open forum was held.


The afternoon session was intended specifically for the Communications Officers of the different government agencies as well as private news sector. Ms. Anna Dominique C. Magbanua, Labor Communications Officer Designate of DOLE Palawan Field Office and incoming Public Relations Officer of Palawan Communicators Network (PalComNet), an organization established under PIA Palawan Information Center, was also invited to attend the refresher course on social media and photography. Mr. Krishna Sonza from PIA Communications Group delivered the topic “Social Media: Tool to Enhance Job of a Government Communicator.” “Social media should be a source of correct information, not be a cause of misinformation”, she emphasized. “The ultimate goal is to give the right information and be able to influence.” Mr. Darwin Gernale, also from PIA Communications Group, gave a lecture on “Taking Better Photos”. He taught the participants on the basics of photography. “In taking good and quality pictures, one must have these three goals in mind: to create, share, and inspire,” said by Mr. Gernale.        

The 3rd ASEAN Advocacy Series was attended by officers and communications agents from the different national and local government units, private news sectors, and people’s organizations. Among them were representatives from the Department of Science and Technology, LGU Roxas, Philippine National Police, Department of Education, Bureau of Fire, Philippine Health, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Trade and Industry, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Coconut Authority, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Agriculture, Office of the Provincial Agriculture, Department of Environment, Puerto Princesa Water District, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Ports Authority, and different local radio news stations such as Radyo ng Bayan and Bandera News.



 End/Anna Dominique C. Magbanua


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