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PIA 4A strengthens government information network in Calabarzon

By Rachel Joy Gabrido
February 22, 2020


CAGIO members together with PIA 4A Regional Director Ma. Cristina Arzadon during the 1st Quarter CAGIO Meeting. (Photo by PIA4A)


CALAMBA CITY, Laguna —In its aim to strengthen the government information network in the Calabarzon region, the Philippine Information Agency Region 4A (PIA-4A) led the 1st Quarter Calabarzon Association of Government Information Officers (CAGIO) meeting held at Monte Vista Hotspring Resort and Conference Center in this city on February 19, 2020.

As the development information arm of the government, PIA seeks to broaden its network and enhance the collaboration among the National Government Agencies (NGAs) to ensure that timely, accurate and relevant information from government reaches the public down to the grassroots.

Establishing a confederation of Government Information officers (GIOs) like CAGIO is one way of realizing this goal.

CAGIO Members from Regional Line Agencies (RLA) of Calabarzon sat down to elect the Interim Chairperson and Co-Chairperson in order to set the direction and ways forward of the association.

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 4A (DENR 4A) RPAO Chief Ann Hazel Javier was elected as the Interim Chairperson and the Co-Chair is the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Agriculturist Veverlyn E. Samadan.

To formally establish the CAGIO, part of the meeting is the discussion, revision and adoption of the constitution and by-laws of the association.

The GIOs also shared about the best practices of their respective agency in terms of information dissemination.

Interim Chairperson Javier pointed out the importance of knowing the current practices of each agency that will help identify the starting point of CAGIO's undertakings and eventually harmonize all the communication efforts and initiatives of the member agencies.

A needs assessment survey will likewise be conducted among the members in order to determine the kind of trainings they should organize for capacity building of the GIOs.

The Interim Chairperson expressed gratitude over the initiative of PIA Calabarzon to gather the GIOs and revive the association.

“I think we all need that support for each other kasi it is very toxic to be an information officer at this time, it’s a very challenging times for all of us as government workers and so let’s find strength in each other, let’s look at the best practices of each other and learn from those and use that to support each other,” she stated. (Joy Gabrido/PIA4A)

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