MANILA -- The Publishers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PAPI) has scheduled its 23rd National Press Congress on December 4 at the Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros, Manila.
The media event is mandated under Presidential Proclamation 1187, declaring December every year as the Month of the Community Press in the Service of the Nation.
The December 4 media convergence by publishers and media practitioners from the regions and provinces will be held in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) National Capital Region. It will focus on the agency’s programs and has “Science and Technology as engines and prime movers towards inclusive growth and development” for its theme.
PAPI national president Nelson S. Santos said DOST Secretary Fortunato T. dela Pena will keynote the press congress and preside over a press conference immediately after the event’s opening rites to answer questions from community journalists.
Aside from their annual General Assembly and Business Meeting, Santos said the event will also feature Senatoriables Forum in the afternoon where invited senatorial candidates are expected to briefly spell out their programmed priority legislative agenda, if elected.
He added that Undersecretary Joel S. Egco, executive director of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security, is also expected to update PAPI members on the latest developments relative to media security measures by the government designed to address the killing of journalists in the country.
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