SAN JOSE, Antique (PIA) – The Antique Association of Information Officers (AAIO) was urged to strengthen the information network in the province amid the new normal during a face-to-face meeting, April 26, at the ANIAD Conference Room, New Capitol Annex, here.
More than a couple of years into the pandemic, members of the AAIO finally gathered for a physical assembly to exchange agency updates and to discuss organizational matters and support mechanisms for the upcoming 2022 national and local elections.
AAIO President John John Sumanting expressed renewed optimism in the continuous flow of timely and relevant information in the province through the AAIO whose members come from local government units and their attached offices, and the national government offices and their instrumentalities.
For her part, PIA Antique Manager Pilar Mabaquiao emphasized the need to provide up-to-date information to the public especially in dealing with the government programs, projects, and activities.
Land Transportation Office (LTO) Antique head Daisy Tating-Duroja, meanwhile, served as resource person in the event where the latest programs, services, and regulations of the LTO were presented before the information officers.
Duroja then announced the operation of the Land Transportation Management System (LTMS) and urged Antiqueños to try the newest accessibility tool of the LTO.
The LTMS is an online portal for the submission of applications, booking of appointments, and payments for driver’s license transactions among others.
To access LTMS, an account must first be created and registered through portal.lto.gov.ph.
The provincial LTO chief then sought the support of the AAIO in warning the public against engaging with fixers in government transactions.
Provincial Peace & Order and Public Safety (POPS) Consultant Margie Gadian also graced the gathering and reiterated the importance of information officers in strategic communications in support to the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC).
Gadian also reminded the information officers to perform their functions with utmost vigor and integrity at all times.
Amid the spread of misinformation and disinformation across media platforms, it is high time for information officers of the government to immediately correct falsities and to always uphold the truth. (AAL/BPS/PIA Antique)