RAMON MAGSAYSAY, Zamboanga del Sur, Feb 8 (PIA) -The local government unit of Ramon Magsaysay considers the establishment of the Barangay Information Officers Network (BION) in the town to be a great challenge to help facilitate the delivery of truthful information to the barangays.
At the 14th roll out BION launching and orientation held at SB Session Hall, municipal gym, Mayor Leonilo Borinaga said he immediately followed the memorandum circular of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) issued on August 27, 2020 and Executive Order No. 41 series of 2020 issued by Governor Victor Yu on November 23, last year mandating local government units to designate barangay information officer (BIO) in the province, municipalities and barangays.
At a time when our country is experiencing a difficult situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, Borinaga said the communication network is very much needed to help the government deliver accurate information.
"BION is very important and will help the people to be informed about government programs and services," Borinaga said.
Borinaga said that due to the lack of people who can help the LGU to deliver important information, there are still people who do not know the programs and projects in their town.
"There are some people who do not yet know that our town has a factory that makes world class products such as engineered bamboo, it also has a coffee and cacao processing plant, and markets processed virgin coconut oil, coco sauce, vinegars, and calamansi juice," Borinaga said.
Meanwhile, Irene De Castro, the public health nurse at the municipal health office, announced that with the COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020, their office is fully handling COVID-19 cases in their town.
She said the LGU has managed to control the virus by providing accurate information to the people so that it does not spread, but there are still some who will deliver false information that will cause fear among the people, especially those living in remote barangays.
De Castro specifically recounted the misinformation in the COVID-19 vaccination program that was spread by some people.
Due to the widespread misinformation, De Castro said they noticed that no more senior citizens came to their office to undergo a free medical check up and get their maintenance medication.
"Normally, a number of senior citizens would come to our office to undergo a medical check-up and get their maintenance medications, but due to the bad information they received that allegedly they will be forced to be injected with COVID- 19 vaccine, thus, they were hesitant to visit their office," De Castro observed.
"With the recent creation of BION, I strongly believe that it will help the LGU to stop spreading false information because the purpose of the national government in implementing the vaccination program is to protect people from being infected with the deadly disease," De Castro concluded.
Around 27 participants mostly Sangguniang Kabataan chairmen were sworn in before Borinaga and promised that they would faithfully carry out their responsibilities entrusted to them by the government to combat COVID-19 and the problem of communist insurgency. (RVC/GCC/PIA9-Zamboanga del Sur)