CITY OF SAN PABLO, Laguna, Dec. 18 (PIA) -- Communications Secretary Martin Andanar recently sat down here with Laguna and Quezon media members as part of his continuing efforts to reach out to media practitioners in the provinces and strengthen media and government relationship through the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).
"I'm making my mission to reach out to provincial media to help solve concerns amongst your rank," Andanar, himself a broadcast journalist before joining the Duterte administration, said last Dec. 16.
He said a press freedom caravan will roll out in the regions to provide updates on the Freedom of Information and the Task Force on Media Security. Part of the caravan will be the issuance of passports to media members who have yet to process their own passports.
Mechanics will be drawn for the passport processing for media which will be formulated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Philippine Information Agency, the Secretary said.
Andanar added the passport for media program was borne out of his sorties to the provinces where 40 to 60 percent of media members in each province he has visited were found to have yet to own passports.
A family member of the media practitioner will also be entitled to a passport, he added.
Andanar also provided media members copies of a handbook on personal security measures for media practitioners that was produced by the Presidential Task Force on Media Security. (PIA Calabarzon)