By PMT News Team
The Bangsamoro Press Corps (BPC) has set the oath-taking event of its elected officers, Board of Directors, and pioneers members on Saturday, July 3, inviting the head of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) to administer the induction rites.
The BPC after a series of meetings opted for Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco, PTFoMS executive director, to induct to office the pioneer officers and members, and update them in a message on the thrusts and programs of the Duterte administration through the task force in ensuring the security as a basic element of professional media practice.
Usec. Egco is also expected to guide the pioneer BPC officers and members in their desire to affiliate their group with the National Press Club (NPC). Director Egco is a past NPC president.
Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ahod “Al-Haj Murad” Ebrahim has been invited as honored guest to grace the ceremony, which will start at 2p.m. on July 3 at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex inside the autonomous government’s compound in this city.
Parliament Speaker Pangalian Balindong, Executive Secretary and Minister Abdulraof “Sammy Gambar” Macacua, and Regional Spokesman cum Local Government Minister Naguib Sinarimbo are also expected to deliver messages in line with their concerns for unity and professionalism among journalists covering the autonomous region.
Maguindanao 2nd District Rep. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu, known for his protective concern for journalists, has also been invited to deliver an inspirational message, alongside Army Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, 6th Infantry Division chief, and PBrig. Gen. Eden Ugale, police director for the Bangsamoro region.
Event organizers also invited Bangsamoro Information Office Acting Director Andrew Alonto to deliver a message of support for the strengthening of private and government partnership in the autonomous region.
The Bangsamoro Press Corps (BPC) was formally organized here on April 19, 2021 following long-drawn efforts by elderly journalists covering activities and events related to the evolution of regional autonomy since the Marcos era.
The organizational meeting was attended by 67 media workers based here and in the Bangsamoro region, including those in North Cotabato, South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat who provide coverage to autonomy-related concerns.
Pioneer members elected via viva voce their first set of officers and Board of Directors, and drew up plans to flesh out their dream for a group that will professionalize their ranks, hone their skills and address age-old concerns about inadequacies in the physical, physiological and psychological aspects of media practice.
On top of their strides for individual and collective betterment, the pioneers BPC officers and members recognized as well the need to complement the efforts of the regional government, notably its Bangsamoro Information Office in an intensified campaign for positive and comprehensive projection of the new autonomy.
The BPC envisions to help intensify reportage of the dealings between the national and regional governments, and seeks to drum beat the need for full implementation of laws and peace accords concerning Bangsamoro autonomy, according to Ali G. Macabalang, pioneer corps president and news editor of the Philippine Muslim Today news.
Other elected BPC offices are four vice presidents – John Unson (print); Erwin Cabilbigan (radio); Benny Queman (TV); Edwin Fernandez (online/multimedia); and Ferdinandh Cabrera (PhotoJournalism); Ella Dayawan, treasurer; Dennis Arco, auditor; Sam Sali and Nhur Gayak, business managers; and Michael Suan, P.R.O.
Elected Board of Directors are: Bruce Matabalao, chairman (Cotabato City); Nash Maulana (Maguindanao); Ding Yahya (Lanao del Sur);: Bert Digamon Jr. (North Cotabato); Fidencio Yu Castro, Jr. (SOCCSKSARGEN); Dhen Kadatuan (Muslim sector); Charlie Señase (Christian sector); Daisy Mangod (IP sector); Lacks Dama (BCOBAR); Abduljaman Damahan (Basilan); Julmunir Jannaral (Sulu); and Johnny R. Lee (Tawi-Tawi).
The Crops has designated a secretariat composed of Valerie Lambo, Reynan Doce and Crisbelle May Lorenzo. BPC