DAGUPAN CITY, December 22 (PIA) – “Don’t give a man a fish, but teach him how to fish,” said Undersecretary Jose Mari Oquiñena, Director-General of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) before a gathering of information officers from the 35 government line agencies in Pangasinan.
Oquiñena, who swore-in the newly-elected officers of Pangasinan Association of Government Information Officers (PAGIO) on Monday, said that given the right information and motivation, there will be a limitless potential for a Filipino to grow and succeed in life.
“If we want to change the country moving forward, we have to empower and teach the people that government is an enabler and not a provider of what they need,” said Oquiñena as he encouraged the information officers to sustain unity for development.
PAGIO, which was established in 2003 and is composed of national and local government information officers, is an organization that envisions to work cohesively with the citizens to promote government development programs in the province.
The organization exercises the following functions: serves as a forum to express and exchange ideas; seeking necessary assistance from the government, the private sector and national funding institution; adopt measures for the promotion of the welfare of members; and encourage people’s participation in government programs in order to promote and stimulate appropriate action for the attainment of provincial and national goals.
During the recently concluded PAGIO general assembly, PAGIO elected officials swore an oath.
PAGIO elected officials are as follow: President-Supt. Ferdinand ‘Bingo’ De Asis, chief of the Police Community Relations Office of Pangasinan police; Vice-President- Eleanor Bruno (City Information Office-Alaminos City); Secretary- Bella Cerdan (DTI); Treasurer – Becker Van Ramos (Pag-IBIG Fund); Van Ian Enriquez (CDA); Public Relations Officer – Criselda Nagua (DepEd-Pangasinan I); and Business Manager- Frederick Parajas (GSIS). (MCA/EMBS/PIA-1, Pangasinan) — by Elsha Marie B. Soriano