By Jennifer Catan-Tilos
NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) — Governor Roel Degamo has inducted the new set of officers of the Association of Negros Oriental Public Information Officers (ANOPIO) recently at the Governor’s Office, Aqua Center, Capitol, Dumaguete City.
The association now is headed by Rafael Duhaylungsod of St. Paul University-Dumaguete (SPUD) as president.
The new officers include Dindo Amorganda of Mabinay as Vice-President for the north side of the province, Des Tilos Jr. of Valencia as Vice-President for the south, Sharon Araula of Negros Oriental Electric Cooperatives (NORECO 2) as Secretary, Elizabeth Yturallde of Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) as Treasurer, Georgette Malagar of Technical Education and Skills Development Administration (TESDA) as Auditor, and Noel Rafols of Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) as Public Relations Officer.
In his message to the information officers, Degamo said they are the partners or allies of the local media. “You have to establish rapport and respond to the information needs of the public while both of you have to further learn the ethics of journalism,” he said.
For his part, Duhaylungsod said the first thing he will do is to revisit the Constitution and By-Laws and identify its value and importance that align with the plans, programs, and initiatives adhering to the current communication trends and needs.
Duhaylungsod also pledged to capacitate the information officers on their responsibilities and functions through trainings and exposures.
He also plans to expand and strengthen the membership to promote transformative leadership and management wherein all members will be given the opportunity to share their sentiments and recommendations.
“The association will implement information activities that will project appropriate branding and image of the organization,” said Duhaylungsod.
ANOPIO is an information network committed to provide accurate, timely, and relevant information to the public that promotes government policies, plans, and achievement for peace and development.
It is an aggrupation of public information officers from local government units (LGUs), national government agencies (NGAs) with provincial offices in Negros Oriental, electric cooperatives and some academic institutions.
ANOPIO is organized and supervised by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in the province.(rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA Website on Dec. 15, 2016)