Marañon tells NPC to reflect on values of elders

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Monday, March 3, 2014


NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. told the new officers and members of the Negros Press Club (NPC) to reflect on the values left behind by the elders.

The NPC held Saturday evening its 78th induction rites at the Social Hall of the Provincial Capitol Building in Bacolod City.

Marañon, who was present during the induction, said he hoped this year will open doors to optimize other platforms available for the local press to pursue fair, responsible, objective, and vigilant reporting of issues and events taking place in the community.

“Continue to hone dynamic and highly-skilled media professionals who are committed to the ideals of journalism practice," the governor said in his message read by Executive Assistant Manuel Escalante during the induction rites.

"In this day and age of social media, almost anything under the sun is reported in real time through the use of straightforward language, sometimes abusive and even foul ones, that the manner of reportage or how the information are acquired triggers issues involving media ethics against the right of the public to know," the governor added.

He challenged NPC president Carla Cañet and her fellow officers to "look into the possibility of crafting a holistic, year-round training program that will redound to the professional growth of every NPC member in the times ahead.”

Carla Cañet, new president of NPC, also bared her plans during her inaugural address.

"We have several career development seminars and trainings, sports activities and socials being lined up to make our club a livelier one. Let us promote camaraderie in our organization and continue to consider ourselves as one big family," she said.

Cañet added that media practitioners should always be guided with the values and principles of honesty, integrity, responsibility, and most importantly always protect the good name of the profession and of the Negros Press Club.

“Our main responsibility as journalists is to provide accurate information that could help educate the public about the affairs of our government most especially in its decisions and actions toward the delivery of the basic services,” she said. (TDE)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 03, 2014.

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