Saturday, December 19, 2009

14th National Press Congress Tackled Current Issues in Media Practice

The current issues faced by media practitioners today were discussed during the 14th National Press Congress held last December 10 – 12, 2009 at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center in Olongapo City, Zambales.

The three day event, organized by the Publishers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PAPI), in cooperation with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), carried the theme, "The Challenges of the Information-Driven Age". The congress coincided with the celebration of the National Press Congress Month and the Month of the Community Press in the Service of the Nation as mandated by Presidential Proclamation 1187.

Topics discussed during the event include Media Freedom and Responsibility; The Responsibility of Media in the 2010 Elections; Culture and Media; A Critical Look into the Philippine Political Culture; Career Options for the Youth in Cross Media; Media and the Moral Force Movement; Global Trends in Media; Future of the Publishing Industry; The Gravity and Threats of Global Warming and Climate Change; and, Good Governance and Sustainable Economic Development.

Among the distinguished experts who graced the event include PAPI President Juan P. Dayang, former University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication Dean Luis Teodoro, Philippine Daily Inquirer publisher Isagani Yambot, Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Victor Domingo, Albay Gov. Joey S. Salcedo, election lawyer Atty. Romulo Macalintal, and Press Undersecretary Romeo “Butch” Junia.

Usec. Junia read the speech of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for the said occasion. In her speech, the president noted that this year’s Congress is appropriate with the members of the press embracing the cause of the information and communication technologies (ICT) revolution.

As concluding rites, the 34 journalist-victims of the November 23, 2009 Maguindanao massacre in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao were honored in a special memorial mass.

For more information about the event, contact the Publishers Association of the Philippines, Inc. at (632) 892-9278, 501-3118 (63920) 909-4379, (63917) 849-8730 or e-mail


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