PNoy wants accurate media reports on 'Yolanda' disaster


Posted at Nov 14 2013 10:54 PM | Updated as of Nov 15 2013 06:54 AM

MANILA - President Benigno Aquino on Thursday urged media to accurately report the humanitarian disaster in the country following the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda.

Aquino, in message read by Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma Jr. during the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas' (KBP) conference at the Clark Freeport Zone, said media should also report about stories of hope and not just tragedy.

"We can all do more, and today, I would like to make an appeal for greater accuracy in reports," he said.

"In the same way that you have used your media coverage to give this tragedy a very real and human face, and to move others to action, you can also use your role to uplift the spirits of the Filipino people - to find stories of resilience, hope, and faith, and show the world just how strong the Filipino people are," he added.

Aquino also told the KBP that it will play a crucial role in the implementation of the integrated service digital broadcasting-terrestrial system (ISDB-T) developed by Japan.

He said the new system is aligned with the government's objective of zero-casualty in times of calamities.

He said ISDB-T has a built-in early warning system to enable people with TV sets, mobile phones and other hand-held gadgets with TV receivers to receive early warning announcements and advisories from the National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council.

It has also a built-in mobile transmission that can send early warnings to more than 100 million mobile phone users in the country at the shortest possible.

"You in media have certainly done its part. No one will forget how many of your news teams risked life and limb to cover the storm," he said.