UP relaunches fact-checking initiative

Published January 24, 2022, 2:31 PM

by Gabriela Baron

The University of the Philippines (UP) has relaunched on Monday, Jan. 24, Tsek.ph, the country’s pioneering fact-checking collaboration in time for the May 9 elections.


Initiated by UP in 2019, Tsek.ph is a project under the University’s Office of the Vice President for Public Affairs and spearheaded by the Department of Journalism under the College of Mass Communication. It was initiated as a public service commitment to combat disinformation.

During its first launch, Tsek.ph unite three academic institutions and 11 media partners, this year, it has expanded its membership in academic and media and now includes fact-checkers from civil society and multisectoral organizations.

The Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Trinity University of Asia Communication Department, UP Los Baños, UP Department of Journalism’s Fact Check Patrol and FactRackers, and the University of Santo Tomas are among its partners.

Meanwhile, it also partnered with civil society groups Akedemiya at Bayan Kontra Disimpormasyon at Dayaan (ABKD) and Fact Check Philippines.

Tsek.ph is supported by the UP System, Google News Initiative, UP Journalism Department, and the UP College of Mass Communication Foundation.