Young people, gatekeepers of social media


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DAVAO ORIENTAL, May 25 (PIA) – “Young people are the gatekeepers of social media.”

The Director General Ramon Cualoping III of the Philippine News Agency (PIA) underlined this during his engagement with the youth of Davao Oriental where he launched his advocacy “EXPLAIN, EXPLAIN, EXPLAIN” earlier this month.

He appealed to members of the Sidlakan Mandaya Cultural Ensemble of the Caraga National High School (CNHS) to participate in the efforts of the Presidential Office of Communication Operations (PCOO) and PIA, to stop the dissemination of false news. .

“If you’ve got fake news, you’ve got fake news. Have fake news; give us gatekeepers on social media. Let us know fake news. (Help us with fake news. Don ‘You are what we call the gatekeepers of social media. Fake news will not spread if it is not shared, “he told them in a brief. program hosted by Reverend Father Diomedes Lagroma from the parish of San Salvador del Mundo in the Municipality of Caraga.

Cualoping likened fake news to the “virus” which spreads further if exposed to sharing. “So pag human ug basa, dili na i-share; dili na forward. (After reading, don’t share it; don’t forward it), ”he told them.

Members of the dance ensemble had plenty of time to interact with General Manager Cualoping for whom they performed cultural dances during his visit to San Salvador Del Mundo Church. He was joined by the regional director of the Department of Tourism (DOT XI) Tanya Rabat who, at the time of Cualoping’s visit, was on her way to check out an ecotourism site in the same commune.

The dance ensemble also accompanied Cualoping on his brief tour to “Pusan ​​Point” where he was briefed on the importance of the region as the first place of sunrise in 2000 millennium and a reference point of navigation of the first travelers at sea.

In his response, Cualoping emphasized the important role of young people in informing the public about the culture and heritage of their own place, while keeping in mind the need to fight “disinformation”.

Before going to the municipality of Caraga, on the east coast of Davao Oriental, Cualoping engaged with young leaders of the Youth Movement for Peace, Young New Leaders for Development (NLD), Young Volunteers from the Lumon community, Sangguniang Kabataan.

In the presence of the vice-governor of Davao Oriental, Nino Sotero-Uy, and the member of the provincial council Ronald Lara Jr of the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation, the engagement gave Cualoping the opportune moment to make young people understand the “disinformation” and “disinformation”.

While people can misinterpret data or information leading to disinformation, there are areas that “deliberately misinform” target audiences through fake news. “It’s disinformation,” Cualoping told the youth.

Considering numerous cases of disinformation on the Internet using various platforms, Cualoping noted that playing the role of government leaders, information agents and communicators has become “very difficult.”

Cualoping also sensitized young leaders to the “democratization of communication” thanks to which access to information and communication becomes “instantaneous” thanks to cell phones.

While the public once waited for news organizations to disseminate news and information, people, especially young people, can now create their own content, which is part of the information disseminated on the Internet.

“… and that’s a good thing. As you tend to deal directly with your constituents and your sphere of influence, this has also resulted in a platform where it’s easy to destroy narratives. It’s very easy to destroy the good story of a nation, “Cualoping.

It is in this context that Cualoping gave an explanation of the national government’s vaccination program against COVID-19 which had often been criticized.

He also explained to young people the already progressive status of the Philippines under President Rodrigro Roa Duterte when COVID-19 took unfavorable strikes in 2020, severely affecting the Philippine economy.

But despite the confluence of economic and social challenges made worse by the pandemic, Cualoping urged young people to continue to overcome “hopelessness and boredom.”

“We have to give the right information; we have to keep explaining things. Ayaw mo kakapoy; padayon lang mo. (Don’t bother, keep going),” he said.

He recognized the need for sector collaboration to resolve communication issues regarding the pandemic and other interrelated issues. He relied on the youth sector to help the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) carry out its mandate.

“Kami sa Philippine Information Agency, we are committed to empowering you; we can hire you; we can give you the details, the information to counter any talk they want to put against us,” Cualoping said referring to those who were absent. discredit the government. (PIA XI / Jeanevive Duron-Abangan)

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