NARVACAN, Ilocos Sur, June 25 (PIA) — Members of the media were urged to use their power as reformers in nation-building not only as a stronghold of democracy.
This was stressed recently by Cong. Ryan Singson during the 4th Anniversary celebration of the Vigan Chronicle, a weekly newspaper circulated in the Ilocos Region.
The Ilocano solon said the press plays a vital role in helping the country to move forward in these trying times by focusing on positive developments in the country so the people may know what the government is doing for them.
He also said that the power of the press entails a high degree of responsibility for the public good to help in building the nation.
Singson also commended the Vigan Chronicle headed by publisher Melvin de la Cuesta, former Ilocos Norte Board member and past president of the Councilors’ League of Region 1, for disseminating government projects and pro-poor programs in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
De la Cuesta, a commentator of DZJC, reiterated that the Vigan Chronicle will continue to provide timely and relevant information including positive angle of stories.
“Our task is not only to criticize wrongdoings in government but also to build and inspire,” he added.
Stressing that “as the bastion of press freedom” in the Ilocos, the publisher said the paper disseminates PIA press releases, including feature articles and photos, focusing on the promotion of the MDGs under the Aquino Administration to wage war against poverty and hunger.
The media affair was attended by Dionicio Bulong, former editor of Bannawag magazine and past president of GUMIL – Filipinas (Association of Ilocano Writers of the Philippines), Samuel Bangloy, newspaper columnist and former Regional Director of the defunct Department of Public Information; Jun Balbin, president of the Ilocos Sur Press Corps’ and other media practitioners and writers. (ANL/BPP-PIA 1, Ilocos Sur)