BAYOG, Zamboanga del Sur, Jan 25 (PIA) - "We need people to help the government disseminate accurate and important information to the most remote barangays in our town." Thus, disclosed Mayor Celso Matias of Bayog town during the 9th municipal launching and orientation of the Barangay Information Officers Network (BION) held at the municipal gym, recently.
Matias said the communication network launched by the provincial government and the Philippine Information Agency will greatly help local government officials to access real and important information from the national government to the barangays and at the same time prevent the spread of fakes in the barangays.
"With the BION we have created, I have great confidence that it will help our national and local government to deliver real and important information to the people and to stop the spread of fake information in your respective barangays," Matias proudly said.
Matias said if the barangays lack information, it is difficult for them to understand government programs, projects and services. As a result, the programs and services they receive from the government do not suit their needs.
The local chief executive added that of the two enemies currently facing the government - the COVID-19 pandemic and local communist insurgency, our national government wants these problems to end so that we can have lasting peace and order and as well, we will have a strong and healthy nation.
Meanwhile, PIA Regional Director Noemi Edaga challenged BION members to be honest in their work as information officers in their barangays.
"As force multipliers, you can help the government combat misinformation, disinformation and fake news by disseminating timely, accurate and relevant information from the national government to your barangays," Edaga challenged.
As Edaga hailed BION members as catalysts of change, she also urged them to start their work as information officers and pass on the good news to the people of their barangays.
The BION launching and orientation was attended by 28 barangay officials most of whom are Sangguniang Kabataan chairmen in the barangays. (RVC/GCC/PIA9-Zamboanga del Sur)