July 23, 2024

As it pushes on its third year, the Kordilyera Media Citizen Council (KMCC) will host on July 13 at the University of the Philippines Baguio’s Teatro Amianan, a summit that will gather media, civil society organizations, and faculty and Communications students.

The summit will tackle pressing issues in this day and age – misinformation, disinformation and empowering the citizenry through meaningful collaborations.

Organized by fellows of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency-funded International Training Programme on Media Self-Regulation in partnership with Internews Philippines, the summit will tackle topics on media self-regulation, media accountability and safety, ethical and responsible journalism, good journalism as a public good, and strategic engagements with various sectors in the community.

The summit that banners the theme, “Media-Citizen Councils: for the Media and Citizens, by the Media and Citizens”, aims to raise public awareness about media-citizen councils as a mechanism for redress and resolving conflicts between and among media and those who complain about inaccuracies in news reports via mediation through alternative dispute resolution.

Prof. Gary Mariano of De La Salle University will keynote the summit, while KMCC co-chair, ITP alumna, and Baguio Midland Courier Asst. Editor Lita Jane Cadalig will introduce the KMCC to the participants.

Francis Allan Angelo of the Iloilo Media-Citizen Council and Mia Mateo of the Cebu Citizen-Press Council will present the project rationale.

A situationer about the local media will be presented by National Union of Journalists of the Philippines Baguio-Benguet Chair Malen Catajan.

Partners from the Philippine Press Institute, Internews, and Peace and Conflict Journalism Network (Pecojon) will also give their messages.

Also, part of the summit is a grounding activity that aims to bridge media and citizens; panel discussion on independent media in the digital age, and a workshop on media self-regulation.

The KMCC is a non-profit organization formed in November 2021 as a media-self-regulation mechanism initiated in partnership with civil society.

It was formed through the efforts of the Pecojon through the U.S. Agency for International Development-funded Initiative for Media Freedom and implemented by Internews Philippines. – Rimaliza A. Opiña