Gov’t media gets further boost from PH-SoKor MOU

By Gigie Arcilla

June 5, 2018, 4:46 pm

SEOUL, South Korea -- Government media gets a further boost after the Philippines’ Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) of the Republic of Korea signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in the field of broadcast.

The MOU, which aims to enhance the broadcast capabilities of both countries through joint or individual activities and programs that help strengthen cooperation, was signed in a simple ceremony at the Lotte Hotel here on June 5.

Signatories to the MOU were PCOO Secretary Martin M. Andanar and Do Jong-Hwan, Minister of the MCST.

Both officials were in high spirits as they look forward to the cooperation that include staff visits, training and exchange in the field of broadcasting.

“Right now, we do want to increase the partnership and transactions among broadcasters and journalists between the two countries and to make it much more possible. We have tangible educ program for overseas brodcasters and a fresh scholarship that is ongoing, I hope that the Philippines can be active participant,” Jong-Hwan said.

“I am happy “to share the know-how in broadcast content,” he said, adding that MCST runs two television networks – Arirang TV and KTV.

It was learned that Arirang TV shares and distributes content to 95 countries while KTV is a promotional platform for government policies.

The PCOO chief, for his part, lauded the MOU signing saying it was fruitful day for Philippine communications.

“This only strengthens our objective to boost our relations with different countries, not only ASEAN. It was a signed, sealed, delivered deal in South Korea,” Andanar said.

Mapapadala na natin ating mga reporters, cameramen, production crew dito sa South Korea para matutunan nila ang galing ng Koreano (We can now send reporters, cameramen and production crew to South Korea and learn from the world-class talents of Koreans),” he added.

“The Sides will create favorable conditions for the broad and free dissemination of information to further increase the knowledge and understanding about the life and culture of both countries,” the MOU read.

It added that both parties will provide assistance in the training of personnel in the field of broadcasting and encourage cooperation between the educational and research institutions and organizations acting in this field.

“The Sides will also encourage the exchange of experts in the field of broadcasting and mass communication,” it added. (PNA)