Authorities eye expanding CNEX Forum's reach

April 14, 2011 12:55 am 

MANILA, April 13 — Authorities concerned are targetting further on expanding the reach of the government's Communication and News Exchange (CNEX) Forum to even better help inform the people about the State's policies and initiatives.

CNEX is scheduled on Friday mornings at the headquarters of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Quezon City, although they are open to hold this forum in other venues as well and to accommodate even private media practitioners so there can be better dissemination and understanding of what the government is doing for the country.

"Communication is the bridge of meaning over rivers of misunderstanding," Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Sonny Coloma said Wednesday during the CNEX Forum that PIA organized and which the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) hosted at its headquarters in Quezon City.

Coloma believes that better understanding of public policies and initiatives can help lessen conflict nationwide.

Better understanding can also help encourage more people to join the government's bid to further move the nation forward, he continued.

"We're involved in massive nation-building and the government can't do it alone," he said.

PIA Director-General Jose Fabia agrees, pointing out that nation-building is a tall order.

"This requires citizens' participation," he said at the forum.

The forum at the DENR is the first CNEX edition to be held outside PIA's central office along Quezon City's Visayas Avenue.

Other government agencies are expected to also host CNEX in the future.

During the forum, DENR Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio reported that the administration made headway in its environmental protection bid since mid-2010 when it took over the reigns of power.

He said such gains include a 20 percent reduction in Metro Manila's air pollution and a 10 percent dip in water pollution.

Nearly 30,000 hectares were reforested during the administration's first six months and this provided livelihood to almost 17,800 families, he also said.

Ignacio assured that the DENR continues studying measures for further boosting environmental protection nationwide.

The DENR will also continue linking with the private sector to further clean up the environment, he noted.

He added the DENR will further institute measures to cleanse its ranks so that the agency can remain to be among government's least corrupt.

Pulse Asia's February-March 2011 survey ranked DENR as the fourth least corrupt public agency.

This is an improvement from Pulse Asia's December 2009 survey which ranked DENR as government's eight most corrupt office. (PNA)

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