PH to hold 'grand summit' to fight fake news

enablePagination: false
maxItemsPerPage: 10
maxPaginationLinks: 10

(File photo) Communications Secretary Martin Andanar

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 17) — The discussion on fake news is about to get bigger, as the country is slated to hold its first information summit in 2018.

"This will be the first grand – grand in a sense na malaking information summit po na gaganapin dito sa bansa natin,"  Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a radio interview Saturday.

[Translation: This will be the first grand – grand in the sense that it will be a big information summit in the country.]

He said the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) will take the lead in hosting the event.

Andanar said information officers from all provinces and municipalities in the country will join the summit. Private media, he added, will also be invited.

Andanar also stressed the need for collaboration between private media and government agencies to curb the spread of misinformation, especially on social media.

"Kailangan po literacy campaign sa ating mga kababayan [We really need to have a literacy campaign for our countrymen]. It cannot be solved by PCOO alone, it cannot be solved by media alone," he said.

Andanar said the Communications office should coordinate with agencies from other countries so it can learn new technology and management practices for government media.

He said the Philippines stands to learn a lot from other progressive countries in the area of communications.

"Yung mga bansang progressive tulad po ng Malaysia, Singapore [Progressive countries like Malaysia and Singapore]. We have to learn from them because we really have to realize and we have to accept the fact that napag-iwanan talaga 'yung government media [government media has been left behind]," he said.

Andanar said this after the Philippines inked an agreement to improve communication practices in collaboration with Cambodia.

The Philippines is partnering with the Southeast Asian state to promote better information-sharing practices on broadcast, print and online platforms.

"Para din po magtulungan ang dalawang bansa para harapin itong mga bagong hamon sa atin tulad ng fake news."

[Translation:So both countries can help each other facing new challenges like fighting fake news.]

Andanar said fake news is a "common problem" in all Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) countries.

He said the the ASEAN is exchanging "best practices" to solve the issue.

Last September, the regional bloc held a roundtable discussion on fake news in Manila. The ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Information (AMRI) expressed concern that fake news "could cause alarm, hate and conflict."

The proliferation of misinformation has been a source of concern in the age of social media, where unverified content may be easily shared without proper vetting.

Last October, Senate also held a hearing tackling the spread of misinformation in the country.

READ: Senate tackles spread of 'fake news'

CNN Philippines Digital Producers Amanda Lingao and Pia Garcia contributed to this report.