President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Wednesday called on members of the media to help effectively communicate government efforts to the public as he vowed to protect free speech and press freedom in the country.
Marcos made this remark during an event organized by the Manila Overseas Press Club (MOPC) at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City, where he reiterated that his administration will maintain open lines of communication with the media, which he considers an important partner of the government.
“As I share your club’s conviction in the importance of upholding the universal right of free speech and press freedom as well as giving and receiving accurate information, I’m committed to remain open with you, constantly communicating our progress as we move forward,” said Marcos.
The President added: “I urge you to effectively communicate to the public the government’s efforts and initiatives towards our country’s development.”
Whatever difficulties the press may encounter, Marcos made a commitment to always be ready “to lend an ear and listen to you and your concerns.”
In his message, the President underscored the crucial role of the press in building an active citizenry that contributes to society’s development.
“The nation counts on the media in improving access to information and increasing awareness on issues that affect our country and the world,” Marcos pointed out.
“Your proactive participation in keeping a well-informed citizenry forms part of our collective goal to empower Filipinos and establish a more robust Philippines,” he added.
Marcos assured the members of the media that his government would continue to articulate its plans to the press, including the MOPC, the oldest press club in the Philippines, founded in 1945.
Among the administration’s key priorities are securing food sufficiency and post-pandemic growth, which the President articulated during his recent overseas trips.
In his working visits abroad, Marcos promoted agricultural cooperation and encouraged trade investment in key sectors.
The government also focuses on strengthening public-private partnerships and sustaining robust infrastructure initiatives through its flagship Build Better More Infrastructure Agenda.
The President said while there are uncertainties in the global arena, the government remains resolute in its efforts to cushion their impact on the Filipino people. (PND)