Maasin City starts first-ever Press Freedom Week observance

MAASIN CITY, Nov. 27 (PIA) -- The local government unit here partnered with the Associated Media of Southern Leyte (AMSL) for the first-ever Press Freedom Week celebration that began Monday, November 23, until Thursday, November 26.

Starting the day off with a Holy Mass at the SJC Extension Campus 5:30 a.m., the 4-day activity was officially launched during the regular Monday flag-raising ceremony at the city hall lobby attended by employees and officials.

In his message in behalf of Mayor Nacional Mercado, Vice-Mayor Maloney Samaco cited the important role the local media played in the development of the city and society.

“The partnership with the media, being a mediaman myself, really contributes to development.  Information, really, is the venue for education, and as you know, an educated society is a well developed society,” Samaco said in his message.

“We have young people being trained, we build them up,” the vice mayor added, referring to eight (8) Grade 10 students coming from four high schools in the city who were invited for the journalism skills training and contest, one of the activities.

Later, after the flag-raising, the different groups from the media and student participants with their teacher-advisers made a courtesy call to Mayor Nacional Mercado in his office.

“We need the media to help the people understand the different policies especially in our government,” Mayor Mercado told the visitors, sharing his thoughts on the importance of media.

The group then proceeded to the Liga Building in barangay Combado where a briefing on the scheduled events was held, including initial interaction with the participants, and a lecture on photojournalism conducted by Jani Arnaiz, AMSL president.

AMSL is an organization of working journalists in the city and province, from the private print, broadcast, and government media.  (ldl/mmp/PIA-Southern Leyte, with a report from Franchezka Carbonilla, campus writer of Saint Joseph College)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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