by: Aurell P. Arais
Malaybalay City – Local media practitioners will be given top priority by the provincial government on aspect on access of media coverage during the Kaamulan Festival 2008.
This was the assurance from Provincial Spokesperson Cesar Apao in a media briefing helt at Phillippine Information Agency (PIA) office, Capitol Ground this city last February 11, 2008.
Apao is also the chairman of the promotion and publication committee of the celebration.
“Under my watch I can assure you that local media will be my first and foremost priority. You are the rist in line”, Apao said.
On previouss years as per experience, the local media during big events will always be left behind when national media step in from big media companies coming from Manila.
“National media should they come must coordinate first to local media for us to have unity and equal access”, he reiterated.
The provincial government through Governor Jose Zubiri Jr., has provided a media booth located in a very strategic area within Capitol Grounds for easy access on every event during the festivities.
The media booth is located just beside the PNP booth for security reasons and for easy coordination, which Apao said will be provided with water, communication facilities, electrical outlets and even food especially during major events.
Local media then was organized and urged to render their time voluntarilly in shifting basis in manning the booth wherein visitors may obtain vital information about the festivities and about the province as well.
A media watch tower is also provided just beside the provincial stage for easy media access during the ground performances.
“This is not the way of controlling you guys but for us to have unity and order and we should show how professional we are”, Apao clarified.
However, he vowed to sanitize the group to avoid being infiltrated by the fake media or fondly called as (media-media) or (tigbas group).
He urged media outlet superiors to watch their own rank by recommending only certified media practitioners on his office for Kaamulan Media ID. (ADPA)