By Billy Begas
Speaker Lord Allan Jay Velasco has highlighted the importance of mainstream media in combating not just the virus but also the spread of false information.
“We express concern at the damage which can and has been done by the spreading of false or manipulated information about the disease and government’s pandemic response,” Velasco said. “We need to push back on disinformation and propaganda, and the support of mainstream media is crucial in this fight.”
Velasco said timely, accurate, and verified information received thru the mainstream media “has justly empowered our people, enabling greater and more equitable access to health care, preventing discrimination, and avoiding social stigmatization.”
“For every ayuda not properly distributed, let us give hope by highlighting LGUs (local government units) that have efficiently rolled out the process,” the Speaker said. “For every claim of adverse effects after inoculation, help us encourage and push for stronger vaccine confidence. We ask you to help us, your people in government, because we need to fight this monumental battle together.”
He also commended and thanked media organizations and their workers for their “unwavering commitment to provide the general public up-to-date, verified, and timely information, despite the health and safety hazards posed by the pandemic.”
“Hindi po matatawaran ang kontribusyon ng mga kasama natin sa media bilang tunay na frontliners sa laban natin kontra sa umiiral na pandemya. Maraming, maraming salamat po sa lahat ng tulong, sakripisyo, at kadakilaan ninyo,” he added.