Pinuri ng Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) ang desisyon ng IATF-EID na isama ang frontline media workers sa listahan ng priority list para sa bakuna ng COVID-19.
Sa isang pahayag, sinabi ni Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque na inaprubahan ng IATF ang pinal na listahan ng mga indibidwal na kasama sa A4 category ng priority list na ngayon ay kinabibilangan ng frontline media workers na nagtatrabaho sa pribado at government news media.
“The inclusion of media workers in the A4 priority group highlights President Rodrigo Duterte’s policy of safeguarding press freedom by protecting the life, liberty, and security of our media workers,” saad ni PTFoMS Executive Director Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco.
Kinilala niya ang suporta na binigay ng IATF, vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr., test czar Secretary Vince Dizon, Senator Bong Go, at Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary (PCOO) Martin Andanar na nagtulak sa pagkakabilang ng mga mamamahayag sa priority list.
Nagpadala umano ng sulat si Egco at Andanar, Co-Chair din ng PTFoMS, kay Galvez na nagpepetisyon sa IATF na isama ang media workers sa A4 category.
“Media workers have risked their lives in order to bring the latest news and information to the Filipino people about the virus and its effects. However, as part of the so-called front-liners, they are inevitably exposed to health risks and hazards while they are fulfilling their duty to bring the news to the people,” dagdag ni Egco.
Binuo ni Pangulong Duterte ang PTFoMS sa pamamagitan ng Administrative Order No. 1 noong 2016 na may mandatong protektahan ang kapakanan ng mga mamamahayag sa bansa.
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