Philippines seeks to renew media ties with Singapore

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 17 2016 06:34 PM

The Philippines is seeking to renew an agreement with Singapore that aims to boost media collaboration between the two countries.

The agreement, signed in 2007, touches on media policy and information exchange, as well as training and human resource development.

“The Philippines has much to learn from Singapore's technology . . . Our role is to be the reliable source of information on how government delivers its promises to the people, especially in line with President Duterte's campaign against illegal drugs, corruption, and criminality," said Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar.

Andanar, accompanied by PTV-4 president Dino A.C. Apolonio, met with Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim, Singapore's minister of communications and information, to explore opportunities for cooperative media projects to improve bilateral relations between the two countries.

He emphasized that the communications office is planning ways to realize Duterte’s vision to establish media hubs in Visayas and Mindanao for better public information and education.

Singapore's communications ministry oversees the development of the information communication technology, cyber security, media and design sectors, the national library, national archives and public libraries, as well as the government's information and public communication policies.

Singapore in October merged two major government departments to create an info-communications media department authority.

The new unit will drive digital transformation in the public sector, the Singaporean government said in a statement.

Technological advances provide an opportunity for the government to deliver innovative digital services to the public, Ibrahim said.