Govt communicators renew commitment to free information flow

DAGUPAN CITY, April 29 (PIA) — Government information officers (GIOs) have renewed their commitment to support national development through a free exchange of information among members.

In renewing their commitment as public communicators, the GIOs revived the Pangasinan Association of Government Information Officers (PAGIO), which became dormant for a year.

The group had its general assembly last week at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Pangasinan Information Center and elected its new set of officers.

Engr. Bernardo Caronongan of the Department of Public Works and Highways-Lingayen District Office was voted as the fourth president of PAGIO.

He succeeded Supt. Geraldo Roxas of the Philippine National Police.

The other elected officers were Danilo Orbos of the Land Transportation Office as vice-president; Irene Martinez of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, secretary; Insp. Michael de Jesus of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, treasurer; Renalie Ferrer of the National Statistics Office, auditor; Carmina Gutierrez of the Department of Education-Pangasinan I, public relations officer; and Annaliza Natavio of the Home Development Mutual Fund, commonly known as Pag-IBIG, business manager.

Venus May Sarmiento, information center manager of PIA-Pangasinan, asked the body to work hand in hand with the PIA to realize President Benigno Aquino III’s advocacy to reach out and get feedbacks from project beneficiaries and the general public as well.

She offered the weekly “Pantongtongan Tayo” radio program of the PIA over DZMQ Radyo ng Bayan and the KBP Forum at the PIA office as avenues for the various agencies to air their programs and projects.

Former PAGIO President Merlita Tibalao was also present during the meeting.

She told the new set of officers to be more active this time.

For his part, Caronongan assured the group of his time and efforts to make the association successful in its endeavors.

The PAGIO, composed of regular or designated information officers of national and local government offices in Pangasinan, was organized in 2003 to establish a cohesive body of persons in the area of information and advocacy programs which will embody the sentiments and aspirations of its members. (MCA/AMM-PIA1, Pangasinan)

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