Nakatakdang magsagawa ang gobyerno ng isang malawakang information drive para sa COVID-19 vaccine upang labanan ang kumakalat na fake news sa mga ito.
Ayon kay Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Director General Ramon Cualoping III, isasagawa ngayong linggo ang ilang town hall meetings kasama ang health workers’ group at ilang lokal na pamahalaan upang pag-usapan ang isasagawang vaccination program ng gobyerno.
“Previously, we conducted CODE (coordinated operations to defeat epidemic) visits to explain, explain, explain to the people the mechanisms on how to avoid COVID-19. Now, we will also go around the Philippines again to state the plan of the national government with regard to the vaccines,” pahayag ni DG Cualoping.
Dagdag pa niya, “We know that fake news is spreading… We will talk to our stakeholders, the local government executives, sectoral leaders…But, I think the most important is our coordination with our health care workers.”
Magkakaroon din umano ng pagpupulong ang PIA kasama ang Philippine Medical Association ngayong Huwebes at sa Philippine Nurses Association sa darating na Sabado.
“We need to have the health care workers as partners because they are our frontliners who will talk to the people about vaccines,” ani DG Cualoping.
Magiging aktibo rin umano ang Presidential Communications Operations Office sa kampanyang ito partikular na ang Radyo Pilipinas, PTV-4, at IBC-13.
Hinikayat din niya ang publiko na maging mapanuri sa nababasang impormasyon tungkol sa mga bakuna upang hindi mabiktima ng fake news.
“Maniwala lamang po sa verified social media accounts, sa ating mga kaibigan sa private media at sa government channels,” paalala ni DG Cualoping.
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Launched on February 28, 2019 at the Manila Light Rail Transit System Line 2 (LRT-2) Cubao Station, Quezon City, it also aims to raise awareness among local communities about the policies, programs, and accomplishments of the Presidency.
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