The Philippine Press Institute (PPI) spearheaded the 23rd National Press Forum, graced by Sen. Aquilino ‘Nene’ Pimentel, Jr., Atty. Erwin Caliba and Atty. Christian Monsod at Hotel Jen, Roxas Boulevard, Friday, July 5.
Pimentel discussed about federalism and what it takes to make it work. Caliba focused on autonomy as a mechanism to address exclusion and enhance participation of minorities while Monsod expounded on the preservation of democracy and promotion of press freedom in relation to federalism.
Atty. Cheryl Daytec-Yangot, lecturer on indigenous peoples issues served as panel reactor while Atty. Romel Bagares delivered the synthesis.
Pimentel led the induction of the newly-elected board of trustees of PPI after the presentation of tokens of appreciation to speakers.
Industry forum carrying the theme “Engaging Communities, Building Better Communities” followed in the afternoon with inputs and updates from participating organizations: Hans Seidel Foundation (HSF), Nickel Asia Corporation (NAC), Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS), Asia Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC) and www.tsek.ph.
As the forum coincides with the 55th anniversary of PPI, aside from celebrating its longevity, it takes pride on its mandate as the fourth estate and watchdog of the nation. Its position on several media issues, in solidarity with other media groups remain the same: unite against and condemn any form of violence towards media workers.