President Duterte has urged workers in government media to keep the people empowered through credible reportage, citing the role of the press in a democratic country like the Philippines.
Duterte made the statement during the formal opening of the Mindanao Media Hub (MMH) of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) in Davao City on Thursday, March 18.
In his pre-recorded message played during the event, the President congratulated the PCOO for the successful formal reopening of the MMH.
“The launching of the Mindanao Media Hub is another big step for this generation towards fostering an equitable media broadcasting environment in Mindanao,” he said.
The President also recognized the role of the press, urging government media to stay truthful and unbiased in carrying out their function.
“Our Constitution recognizes the vital role of a free press in a vibrant democracy and a well-informed society,” Duterte said.
“As we celebrate this momentous occasion, may you, as government media, continue to keep our people empowered through unbiased, truthful, and credible reportage,” he added.
The MMH was launched in December 2020, nearly three years since its construction.
The P700-million facility houses the PCOO’s satellite office in Davao, and its attached agencies such as PTV, Radyo Pilipinas, Philippine News Agency (PNA), and Philippine Information Agency (PIA).
According to PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar, the “state-of-the-art” MMH will further expand the reach of government media in regions across the island.
“The Mindanao Media Hub will now serve as the government’s main broadcast hub for regions 10 to 13 and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), to expand our areas of coverage and help deliver truthful news and information tailored for the region and its people,” he said.
Andanar said the PCOO was planning to expand the reach of government media in the Visayas through the construction of the Visayas Media Hub by next year.