CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City, Sept. 22 - The 4th Infantry "Diamond" Division intensifies its social media operations to combat the Communist NPA Terrorist's (CNT's) fake news and deception through the conduct of a 5-day Social Media Product Development and Management Training at the 4ID Headquarters on September 16 - 20, 2019.
The training was attended by 50 participants composed of Civil-Military Operations (CMO) Officers, Assistant CMO Officers and Social Media NCOs of the Infantry Brigades and Battalions, Tactical Operations Group 10, Philippine Air Force and Philippine National Police from regions 10 and 13.
The participants were equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitude in social media product development and management through in-depth understanding and use of emerging trends and technologies. The training emphasized the importance of social media as an integral part in achieving CMO objectives through effective dissemination of information.
2LT Roselyn Matulac, CMO Officer from the 29th Infantry Battalion said, "We are very grateful to the 4th ID and to the guest lecturers who came all the way from Manila to teach us the necessary knowledge we need in order to enhance our skills as CMO operators. We learned a lot and we will pass our learning to our units."
Col. Michelle B Anayron Jr, Chief of Staff of the 4th ID as the keynote speaker said "It is my fervent hope that you learn a lot on this training. Remember that each of us in the organization has specific roles that are contributory to the overall success and achievements of our mission and as social media front-liners. You need to further keep in mind that your role is just as equally relevant to our soldiers in the frontlines of the battlefield."
MGen Franco Nemesio Gacal, 4ID Commander said, "The CNTs are not only operating in the mountains but are also in different social media platforms. We need to effectively counter their lies and deception that are circulating online. Social Media is one platform that will allow us to proactively counter their propaganda by disseminating the true narrative so that we can protect and save our people, especially the youth, from their online recruitment."
"We also believe that social media will enable us to spread accurate and timely information about the government's peace and development efforts to end local communist armed conflict," Gacal ended. (4ID)