Info, tourism officers to gather for 23rd Radio-7 Convention

OVER 120 public information and tourism officers from Central Visayas will gather in Dumaguete City for the 23rd Regional Association of Development Information Officers (Radio-7) Convention on September 18 to 21.

This year’s convention carries the theme “Synergy: Communicating Responsible Information” and aims to discuss the role of responsible information for national and sustainable development, branding and marketing, public information, and crisis communications.

Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo is expected to address the participants together with Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino as keynote speaker on the first day.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar will deliver the keynote address on the third day.

Philippine Information Agency Director General Harold Clavite will speak on the topic “"Countering Fake News and Communicating the Right Information,” while Department of Trade and Industry-Central Visayas Director Asteria Caberte will discuss “Asean Integration,” and a National Economic Development Authority representative will tackle the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022.

Broadcast journalist Ces Drilon is expected to talk about “The Role of Public Information Officers and Crisis Communication,” while Tourism Board Chief Operating Officer Cesar Montano will speak on “Branding and Marketing.”

Degamo has been advocating for various tourist groups to come to Negros Oriental to spur socio-economic activities that will trickle down as business and income opportunities for various tourism stakeholders in the province.

Negros Oriental has been identified by the Department of Tourism as the second most sought after tourist destination in the region.

On the third day, discussions will focus on the development of the Negros Island Geothermal Energy to be handled by Joel Soria, geothermal business unit manager of the Energy Development Corporation (EDC), while Ricky Carandang, EDC vice president for corporate communication, will share about “Renewable Energy for Sustainable Development.”

This year’s convention is hosted by the Association of the Negros Oriental Public Information Officers (Anopio).

Radio-7 is the umbrella organization of the federation of local and national government information officers in towns, cities, and provinces of Central Visayas.

The government information associations organized by the Philippine Information Agency in the provinces take turns hosting the annual regional convention. (PIA)