Sun. Jul 25th, 2021
(photo courtesy: http://www.pna.gov.ph)

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar has vowed to continue the country’s commitments and media and communications cooperations for its Southeast Asian counterparts despite the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

“The Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) media partners have long stressed the very important and irreplaceable role of media in building and developing communities, nations and our region,” Andanar said at the Asean Media Partners Forum held last July 14.

He said the forum constantly creates more diverse avenues among participants to deepen their knowledge and understanding, and to promote media cooperation amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This allows for a unified and principled approach towards our region’s growth as we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Asean-China dialogue partnership this year,” he remarked.

The partnerships, Andanar said, have opened opportunities for productive media exchanges and practices that all parties could learn. These exchanges of media experiences and practices resulted in the development of capabilities in media innovation.

“The Philippines, through the PCOO, maintains its firm commitment and dedication to strengthen and expand our ties with different regional media partners and institutions. We also vow to continue to honor our regional commitments on media and communications cooperations amid the global health crisis,” he said.

About 100 guests from 33 organizations from 15 countries attended the forum, in person and online.

Hosted by the China Media Group (CMG), the forum served as an avenue to rally the strengthening of cooperation between the CMG and Asean media partners in the post-pandemic era.

“We hope to use the fruitful achievements to enrich the essence of our partnership. We are also looking forward to seeing more media organizations of Asean countries joining us in telling China stories, Asean stories and stories about China-Asean exchange and cooperation in an objective and faithful way,” said Shen Haixiong, CMG president and editor-in-chief.

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