Preparations are now well underway for the 21st National Press Congress, mandated under Presidential Proclamation No. 1187 and slated December 2-3 this year at the Development Academy of the Philippines in Tagaytay City.
The 2-day annual media event under the auspices of the Publishers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PAPI), will on issues related to the contemplated shift to Federalism from the present presidential form of government. Its theme is “The Stakes and Prospects of the Community Media under a Federal Government Set-up.”
Among the topics up for discussion by experts are: Types of Federal Governments: Which model best suits the Filipino orientation?; Significant differences in structural organization and political dynamics between the Presidential and Federal government systems; Inclusive growth prospects in a Federal government set up; and 4) Opportunities for the Community Media under a Federal government regime.
PAPI president Nelson Santos said they have opted to hold this year’s media congress at the DAP in Tagaytay City to provide its participants a good and absorptive learning atmosphere and ensue conviviality among them since the event is also a cherished delightful homecoming among community media players.
Santos pointed out that Tagaytay City is a haven for vacationists and tourists on account of its cool air and breath-taking sceneries, with Taal Lake and Taal Volcano in Batangas seemingly just a stone’s throw away.
Tagaytay’s other inviting tourism assets include its People’s Park in the Sky situated on top of Mt. Sungay, Cavite’s highest elevation point; Tagaytay Picnic Grove, Tierra de Maria which is famous for its 50-foot tall giant statue of the Virgin of Manaoag; Museo Orlina; and Paradizoo which combines the charm of a farm and a mini-zoo.
Regular participants in PAPI’s annual National Press Congress are its regular and associate members including community newspaper publishers, media executives, editors, broadcasters, reporters, public information and media relations officers, campus journalists and other communicators
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-Jessica M. Bacud