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Fact checking and media self-regulation

Fact checking and media self-regulation

Text of the speech delivered by Alin Ferrer-Garganera at the World Journalists Conference (WJC 2022) “Thank you for inviting me to make a sharing in this conference.   I hope to make a contribution by answering the following questions.  Why is fact-checking important?  Why should we self-regulate as media? Then I will share some fact-checking initiatives […]

Election as social contract

Election as social contract

By Rosalin Ferrer-Garganera ‘On Target Media Concept’ reporter, Radio anchor/ broadcaster Philippines MANILA: Election fever is gripping the Philippines now. With less than a month to go when an estimated 67.5 million Filipinos will troop to election precincts and choose our next political leaders. Actually, about 1.7 million Filipinos who are outside of the Philippines […]

Climate crisis is here – Lessons not learned

Climate crisis is here – Lessons not learned

Surigao City in Mindanao, Philippines was one of the areas devastated by Typhoon Rai, locally known in the Philippines as “Odette”. (Photo: Philippine Coast Guard, Public domain). By Crispin Maslog MANILA: Exactly ten years ago in January 2012, as a retired science journalism professor, I wrote my first column for SciDev.Net. It was about the […]

Truth to power

Truth to power

By Alin Ferrer-Garganera MANILA: Maria Ressa won the Nobel Peace Prize on Oct. 8, 2021. This is quite significant for many Filipinos. It is the first time the Nobel Peace Prize is directly awarded to a Filipino recipient. And the first who was able to do it was a woman! Finally, she is the only […]

Real Choices?

Real Choices?

By Alin Ferrer-Garganera MANILA: Last Oct. 8, 2021, presidential aspirants here in the Philippines lined up to file their certificates of candidacy for the 2022 national elections. It was a week-long spectacle, with dozens proclaiming their intent to run as President and Vice-President and hundreds more want to become Senators. Most we’re serious candidates, while […]

2 provinces, 2 cities, 22 towns named after Philippine former presidents

2 provinces, 2 cities, 22 towns named after Philippine former presidents

Manila: Two of the 145 cities in the Philippines, 22 towns out of a total of 1,489 and two of the country’s 81 provinces have been named in honor of seven former presidents. The presidents are Emilio F. Aguinaldo (1898-1901), Manuel L. Quezon (1935-1944), Jose P. Laurel (1943-1945), Manuel A. Roxas (1946-1948), Elpidio R. Quirino […]

In Leyte, Philippines, bikes used to boost school attendance

In Leyte, Philippines, bikes used to boost school attendance

  Tacloban City: Needy students from three high schools in the Philippines have been offered bikes to motivate them to cover the distance from their remote homes to classes. The 115 bikes were donated in Leyte, the archipelago’s seventh largest island, under a project that aims to address school dropout, the Philippine News Agency (PNA) […]

Seoul, Manila to hold third round of FTA talks this week

Seoul, Manila to hold third round of FTA talks this week

  Seoul: South Korea and the Philippines will hold a third round of free trade talks this week with the aim of striking a trade deal before November, Seoul’s trade ministry said Sunday. The two sides already held FTA talks in June and July, according to the ministry. The upcoming talks will be held from […]

Life jackets a must for sea passengers in monsoon-hit Philippines

Life jackets a must for sea passengers in monsoon-hit Philippines

  Manila: All passengers of ships with open deckhouses plying sea routes in the Philippines are required to wear life jackets at all times, the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) has said. “All sea passengers of ships with open deckhouse shall be required to wear lifejackets from the time of departure and during the entire voyage, […]

Officials of two Koreas to meet in Manila amid Seoul-Tokyo diplomatic row

Officials of two Koreas to meet in Manila amid Seoul-Tokyo diplomatic row

Officials of South and North Korea are expected to meet at an international peace conference in the Philippines this week amid a growing diplomatic row between Seoul and Tokyo over wartime forced labor and economic retaliation, conference organizers said Tuesday. The government of Gyeonggi Province, South Korea’s most populous province that surrounds Seoul, and the […]

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