UP to hold the 5th National Communication Research Conference

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The Department of Communication Research of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication (UP CMC) is holding the 5th National Communication Research Conference in Baguio City on 22 to 25 November 2017. This year’s theme is “Filipino Communicative Experience,” in time for the country’s 120th Year of Independence next year.

JASCOR Gets a Quill

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Stories that made the cut in the 2014 and 2015 Journalism Awards for Sustainable Construction, otherwise known as JASCOR, were collectively recognized at the recently concluded 2017 Philippine Quill Awards for Communications Skills — Publication Category.

''FAKE NEWS IS NOT NEWS."

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''FAKE NEWS IS NOT NEWS." The officers of the Negros Press Club (NPC) were among the 300 participants who led the signing of the covenant against disinformation and misinformation in the seminar on 'Let's Get Real on Fake News' at the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNOR) in Bacolod City. This is the second to the last of the scholastic series organized by the Philippine Press Institute (PPI) with support from Nickel Asia Corporation (NAC) in collaboration with the local press club. The final leg will be in Dumaguete City.

2 Asian Communication Icons Win AMIC Awards

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Two Asian communication icons—a theorist and a practitioner—will be given one of the highest honors in the field of communication in Asia by the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) on Sept. 27 at Miriam College, Quezon City.

Statement on National Day of Protest

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Today, as declared National Day of Protest, is a grim reminder of the horrors of Martial Law.

Those harrowing years of abuses and violence inflicted on civilians, activists, and media would go down in history as one of our nation's worst periods.

PPI Board in Kapihan, re-affirms 'no to fake news'

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Coming at the heels of its scholastic press seminar-series on "Let's Get Real on Fake News", the Philippine Press Institute (PPI) sat in the panel at Tapatan sa Aristocrat, a regular Monday Kapihan organized by seasoned journalist Melo Acuna. PPI chairman-president Alfonso Gomez Pedrochejoined other panelists Prof. Danilo Arao of the University of the Philippines-Diliman College of Mass Communication, Ellen Tordesillas of Vera Files, and Communications Secretary Martin Andanar in the forum on "Fake News, Media Trends and Media Ownership" moderated by Acuna and Sky Ortigas.

No to Fake News

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NO TO FAKE NEWS. Criminology students do the thumb-down sign at the scholastic outreach program on "Let's Get Real on Fake News" at the Andres Bonifacio College in Dipolog City. They were among the 240 participants from 6 schools who attended the seminar organized by the Philippine Press Institite (PPI) with support from Nickel Asia Corporation (NAC). The final legs will be held in Bacolod and Dumaguete. (Photos by Kier Labrador of PPI)

United against Fake News

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A total of 320 students, teachers, and media pactitioners from South Cotabato, Cotabato City, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, and General Santos City (SOCCSKSARGEN) make the thumbs-down gesture and sign the covenant during the one-day seminar on "Let's Get Real on Fake News" held at SM GenSan Mega Trade Hall. This is the second wave of the campaign against fake news organized by the Philippine Press Institute (PPI) supported by Nickel Asia Corporatiion (NAC) in collabiration with Mindana Media Services (MMS) under the institute's scholastic press program. Next stop for Mindanao is Dipolog City on August 18.

Ten conservation advocates receive 2017 ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes Award

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Ten biodiversity conservation advocates representing the grassroots, government, academic, and business sectors received the 2017 ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes Award at a ceremony held in Manila, Philippines on 07 August 2017. The inaugural award forms part of the celebration of ASEAN’s Golden Anniversary.

Let’s heal wounds of conflict — Dureza

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ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Presidential peace adviser Jesus Dureza on Monday urged stakeholders to work on relationship building and healing the wounds and divisions brought about by armed conflict.

“I always say this before, and even now, I can build easily the [physical] structures destroyed by the [armed] conflict. I can also build the school buildings that were burned down. But building of the relationships, bringing back social cohesion, and mending the torn social fabric brought about the conflict takes time. The healing takes time,” Dureza said in his speech during the celebration of the country’s 119th Independence Day.

Upholding the truth to fight falsehood

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They came in large numbers, some having traveled from nearby provinces on the eve of the event to which they were invited to witness and engage in a frank and earnest discussion on an issue that has swept the nation — fake news, deliberate misinformation, hoaxes, and other permutations of this global scourge.

PPI long-time employees recognized in annual confab

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On its 53rd founding anniversary last May, the Philippine Press Institute, also known as the national association of newspapers, recognized two employees of its secretariat for their length of service, commitment and exceptional performance. Edgar M. Abalajon began working in 1988 while Nemy S. Joquino started in 1989.  Both saw the growth of the institute after its revival in 1986.  Special plaques of appreciation were awarded to them by chairman-president Alfonso G. Pedroche at H2O Hotel in Manila.

For PPI partners, a celebration of kinship

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For partners of the Philippine Press Institute (PPI), the print media continues to play a major role in conveying information to the public that helps make their lives better and public engagement on key issues possible. This, amid the widespread use of social media that has threatened the viability of the traditional media, not least of which is print, and spawned hoax news and other forms of misleading information using digital technologies and today’s virtual platforms.

PPI announces winners of 2016 Civic Journalism Awards

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The Philippine Press Institute (PPI) closed its 21st National Press Forum by announcing the winners of the 2016 Civic Journalism Awards, held Thursday at H2O Hotel, Manila.

PPI’s keynote speaker highlights media’s role in promoting awareness of ASEAN

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Despite its perceived weaknesses and differences among its individual member states, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) share common values that have led to cooperation toward the achievement of certain collective aspirations.

Ambassador Rosario G. Manalo, who had represented the Philippines to ASEAN, spoke about the strengths, alongside the weaknesses and challenges still confronting the regional bloc, as keynote speaker in the just concluded 21st Annual Press Forum of the Philippine Press Institute (PPI), which also marks this year its 53rd anniversary.

Probe issues, ditch superficial coverage of ASEAN — Myanmar journalist

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The media must strive to bring more substantive stories to their audiences on issues affecting the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its member states.

Speaking Thursday at the 21st National Press Forum of the Philippine Press Institute (PPI), Saw Yan Nang, a senior reporter at The Irrawady, an independent media organization in Myanmar, said the media, in their coverage of the regional bloc, must go beyond regional meetings and similar events.

Dureza calls on media to help advance peace

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Amid the raging tension in Marawi City, presidential peace advisor on the peace process Jesus G. Dureza highlighted the role of the media in helping calm down the situation and quell misinformation, which stokes terrorism fears and plays into terrorists’ agenda.

PPI elects new set of officers

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Marking its 53rd anniversary as the country’s premier association of newspapers, the Philippine Press Institute (PPI) elected a new board of trustees on Tuesday, at the opening of its two-day annual press forum in Manila.

ASEAN takes the spotlight in PPI’s 21st National Press Forum

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Now on its 53rd year as the country’s national association of newspapers, the Philippine Press Institute (PPI) is holding its 21st National Press Forum on May 24-26 in Manila.

Themed “ASEAN@50: Beyond the Headlines,” the event coincides with the regional organization’s golden anniversary.

PPI and NAC lead campaign to stop fake news

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PPI and NAC lead campaign to stop fake news. Close to 200 participants from various schools in the province of Batangas attended the second round of the scholastic press outreach program of the Philippine Press Institute with support from Nickel Asia Corporation on "Let's Get Real on Fake News" at the Batangas State University in Batangas City. The covenant signing highlighted the one-day activity that aims to help students and educators spot fake news and find ways to stop it. The next legs will be conducted in the NCR and Bulacan.

UP hosts 1st asia-wide journalism student conference

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Some 300 students and faculty from various universities in thePhilippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Hong Kong attended the first Asian Journalism Research Conference last April 24-25, 2017 at the
University of the Philippines (UP), the only academic conference for undergraduate students in the region.

Philippine peace process takes global center stage

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NEW YORK, USA—The country’s peace and development road map of the Duterte administration took global center stage at the United Nations (UN) in two successive days of separate sessions at the UN General Assembly Headquarters in New York City this week.

FOI (Freedom of Information) Executive Order

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President Rodrigo R. Duterte signs the Freedom of Information (FOI) Executive Order in Davao on July 23. The document is a commitment of the President to the Filipino people to bring transparency in government transactions. The EO covers all agencies under the executive branch. Simeon Celi/Presidential Photographers Division

PPI 2015 Awards Night Photos

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PPI elects new set of officers

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Marking its 52nd anniversary as the country’s premier association of newspapers, the Philippine Press Institute (PPI) elected a new board of trustees on Wednesday, June 22, at its Annual Membership Meeting at Century Park Hotel in Manila.

Don’t shoot the messenger, Mr. President, A PPI Statement

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The Philippine Press Institute (PPI) urgently calls on the incoming administration to commit itself in no uncertain terms to protecting journalists and other media workers in the country and thus uphold the constitutionally enshrined freedom of the press.

World Press Freedom Day: PPI Statement

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In celebration of World Press Freedom Day, the Philippine Press Institute echoes this year theme, "Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media's Role in Advancing Peaceful, Just, and Inclusive Societies". We urgently call on the government to protect and promote press freedom as it plays a crucial role in our democracy.

PPI, NAC engage academe to stop fake news

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NO TO FAKE NEWS. By signing the "Covenant to Stop Fake News", students and educators commit themselves and vow "to refrain from posting or sharing any bit of information that we have not verified to be accurate and truthful — and to have originated from reliable and responsible sources.

PCS joins PPI, NAC campaign to stop fake news

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The board of directors of the Philippines Communication Society (PCS) participates in the covenant signing led by trainers Tess Bacalla and Ariel Sebellino to highlight the campaign of the Philippine Press Institute (PPI) and Nickel Asia Corporation (NAC) to stop fake news at the NCR leg of the seminar series at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA). This was attended by 123 journalism and communication students and educators from various schools in Metro Manila, information officers, and PCS members. The last for Luzon will be conducted in Malolos City on May 16 at the Bulacan State University.

Holcim Davao supports Habitat for Humanity Philippines housing project for the new Matigsalug-Manobo tribal village

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Building solutions provider Holcim Philippines, Inc. supported a project by non-profit organization Habitat for Humanity Philippines, Inc. funded by the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam to build a tribal village in Marilog District, Davao City for 47 Matigsalug-Manobo families who lost homes to typhoon Pablo.

(Part 1) Different parties, different strokes Local pols (re)imagine CdO’s mental-health facility, program

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To build or not to build a mental health facility is no longer a question among politicos in Cagayan de Oro City in Mindanao. All the three contending political parties in the coming May 2016 elections agree the time is ripe to build one.

(Part 2) Different parties, different strokes Local pols (re)imagine CdO’s mental-health facility, program

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The Centrist Democratic Party (CDP), Liberal Party (LP) and the Padayon Pilipino Party (PPP) have all claimed that constructing a mental hospital is among their to-do list, should their candidates win.

Building Better Stories, Block by Block

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A series of seminar-workshops for media practitioners on the links between the con-struction industry and sustainable growth is set to kick off next week. The Philippine Press Institute (PPI) and Holcim Philippines, Inc. are undertaking this joint initiative, which builds on a similar, albeit more basic, training two years ago.

The First Infrastructure Congress & Expo Philippines to Highlight Government’s Nation Building Programs

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The Philippines has a robust economy that experts all agree to be Asia’s next tiger economy. The need for infrastructure development and connectivity within the archipelago and the promised continuity of the new administration means that policies, investment roadmaps and the country’s dynamic economic climate shall continue to move forward, with the country being seen as being in the “golden age of infrastructure.”

Warning from PPI

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Of late, the Philippine Press Institute (PPI, also known as the national association of newspapers, has been receiving a barrage of complaints from supposed victims of a scam from an office or group pretending to be PPI, or from individuals claiming to be PPI employees --- via email, sms, facsimile, or any other form or mode of communication using PPI's name and its appurtenances to be able to extort.

2016 Communication Research International Conference

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UP College of Mass Communication – Department of Communication Research hosts two-day international forum on communication and media in the ASEAN context, VP to give keynote.

Find better stories on children, Mindanao media urged

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY — Members of the community-based print and broadcast media in Mindanao were challenged to produce more and better stories on child protection at a recent training workshop in this city.

The Prez and the Press

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REGRETTABLY, the conversation between President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and the news media has turned sharp and shrill. All but lost in the noise is the two parties’ common duty in law and tradition to serve and to inform the Filipino people on issues, events and policies that affect their interest and welfare.

From Road to Ocean: Media an Essential Partner in Development

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Winning may not be everything, yet it highlights one thing: Excellence matters and pays off. Here’s a glimpse into how specific publications bested the rest in their respective categories as they clinched top honors in the recently concluded 2015 Civic Journalism Awards given out by the Philippine Press Institute on the occasion of its 20th National Press Forum and Annual Members’ Meeting.

PPI annual confab focuses on maritime disputes

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A forum on the West Philippine Sea disputes will be among the highlights of this year’s 20th Annual Press Forum and Membership Meeting of the Philippine Press Institute, the country’s foremost association of newspapers. Publishers and editors of PPI member-newspapers nationwide will convene in Manila for their two-day yearly gathering beginning on Wednesday, June 23, at the Century Park Hotel.

West Philippine Sea in the Public Mind: Beyond Sound Bites

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As the Philippines heads into a new political dispensation, much of the country is watching with bated breath how the newly minted President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will sooner or later deal with the issue of China’s aggressive intrusion into the West Philippine Sea (or areas of the South China Sea lying within the country’s exclusive economic zone prescribed by international law).

Flying on the Wings of Excellence

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Winning may not be everything, yet it highlights one thing: Excellence matters and pays off. Here’s a glimpse into how specific publications bested the rest in their respective categories as they clinched top honors in the recently concluded 2015 Civic Journalism Awards given out by the Philippine Press Institute on the occasion of its 20th National Press Forum and Annual Members’ Meeting.

Building from the Rubble

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When a 7.2-magnitude earthquake shook the Bohol province in October 2013, followed in less than a month by super typhoon Yolanda that wreaked havoc on Eastern Visayas, the media rose to the occasion in providing the public with a steady stream of reports that kept them updated on the situations on the ground. Reports on casualties, the extent of damage, reconstruction efforts, alongside touching stories from the survivors, were par for the course.

Safety First

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The Philippine Press Institute, also known as the national association of newspapers, and considered the oldest professional media organization in the country since 1964, joins the United Nations (UN) as it calls out for safety and welfare of journalists and media news, news publishing workers in an on-going forum in Paris, France.

Valuing Natural Capital Takes Center Stage at PPI Seminar

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If some of the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban and two other towns in northern Leyte could have their way, they would rather continue living near or along the coasts, which provide them with livelihood, adding they would be better off staying there than being relocated to some distant place where they are more likely to starve, they say.

Philippine Daily Inquirer, Mindanao Observer Top Winners in Sustainable Construction Reporting Awards

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The Philippine Daily Inquirer and The Mindanao Observer emerged as the biggest winners in this year’s Journalism Awards for Sustainable Construction Reporting (JASCOR), an annual recognition jointly given by the Philippine Press Institute (PPI), the country's biggest association of newspapers, and global construction solutions company LafargeHolcim Philippines.

PPI, Plan Int’l up the ante on child-friendly reporting

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The Philippines Press Institute (PPI) and Plan International recently held a training workshop aimed to tap the media in efforts to bring about a non-violent environment for children. That is, through stories that enrich public discussion and inform policy and practice.

High Stakes in Turbulent Waters

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Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio delivers a talk at the 20th National Press Forum of the Philippine Press Institute, themed: "Understanding the Dispute in the West Philippine Sea," on June 23 at the Century Park Hotel in Manila.

Baguio papers rule the roost in PPI’s Civic Journalism Awards

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Weekly newspapers in Baguio garnered the most awards in the 2015 Civic Journalism Community Press Awards given out by the Philippine Press Institute (PPI) on Thursday at the Century Park Hotel in Manila.

Rebuilding Lumad’s Dismantled Rights, One Story at a Time

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For decades, indigenous peoples (IP), or lumad, in the country have endured systemic neglect and discrimination. Some of the physical structures that are meant to serve their collective needs such as education are a testament to this sad reality.

No votes cast for lumads in evacuation center

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This is the dream of Sheena Balite, 11, from the Ata-Manobo tribe of Talaingod, Davao del Norte, for the next set of local officials to accomplish.

Construction Reporting: Nailing it right

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Think construction reporting, and what comes to mind? Carl Jerome Maroma, a correspondent for CLTV36, used to think it was all about crafting a story about an infrastructure project and relevant details. He has since had a rethink.

PPI, NAC and MORES conduct training series on election coverage

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A few weeks from now, the electorate will troop to polling precincts to cast votes for the candidates of their choice for specific national and local elective posts — from President to town councilors. As the nation inches its way to the conduct of the elections on 9 May 2016, most candidates are leaving no stone unturned to ensure their victory at the polls. Such zeal is matched by media frenzy for horserace coverage, pitting candidates as though this political exercise were a sporting event where opponents are eyeing nothing less than the top prize.

Online presence boosts readership amid the debris

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Adapting to technological trends such as the internet could prove beneficial to community newspapers not only by expanding theirs readership base but also by boosting advertisement revenue. Southern Leyte Times found this out almost three years after establishing its online presence when Typhoon Yolanda wreaked havoc in Western Visayas in 2013. Ruevivar Reyes, Southern Leyte Times’ brand manager, said it is time for all the community newspapers in the country to adapt to the Internet, called the “New Media,” to harness its benefits to the community and the newspaper.

NAC-HMC allots P3M for PGH Philhealth Ward

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Hinatuan Mining Corporation (HMC), an affiliate of Nickel Asia Corporation (NAC) has allocated P3 million to refurbish a ward at the state-owned Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in Manila.

One national daily, four community papers vie for Sustainable Construction Reporting awards

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For their outstanding reportage on sustainable construction, focusing on little-explored topics—from using inclusive strategies to rebuild from the rubble to giving voice to indigenous peoples’ aspirations for a school they could call their own—one national and four community newspapers have emerged as finalists in this year’s Journalism Awards for Sustainable Construction Reporting (JASCOR).

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