By Michael Medina
THE PHILIPPINE PREVIEW
The Zamboanga del Sur-Pagadian Press Club Inc. (ZPPI) recently elected its new set of officers in a special meeting held at Hotel Guillermo last March 23, Saturday.
In a press statement sent to The Philippine Preview, the ZPPI disclosed the election of Joan Guangco (Radyo Bagting) as the new president while Don Sherwin Lu (Pagadian Times) is the vice president.
Other elected officers are Leah Agonoy (Philippine Daily Inquirer) as secretary; Charnyl Albaracin (Hardline Publications) as treasurer; Manny Maulana (InfoLink) as auditor and Jay Apales (One TV Philippines) as PIO.
The members of the Board of Directors are Analiza Lu (Pagadian Times), Tony Bagalando (DXWO Radyo Bisdak), Aude Hampong (GMA-7), Leo Santillan (One TV Philippines), Gideon Corgue (Philippine Information Agency) and Efren Superal (STV).
In her message, Guangco urged fellow media members to forge unity, support the organization and take the lead in enhanced and honest reporting despite the diversity efforts and individual relationships among the group.
She likewise said ZPPI must use its capability in enhancing social consistency and refrain from inciting hatred, explaining the impact of the media on social solidarity is to promote ethical responsibility among practitioners by directing their efforts towards positive uses and make constructive criticisms among fellow members in times of challenges.
In a message, Albarracin also said he is grateful for the initiatives of Remai Alejado, former ZPPI president and founding chair, for the determination to address ZPPI’s concern on the supposedly extended term of the serving president which has already ended last December 2018, citing the group’s by-laws.
In another message to this paper, Alejado said she wanted to help ZPPI put its actions together so that the group can soon file its reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Under the law, all registered stock and non-stock corporations, foundations, associations, non-government and religious organizations and other entities are required by the SEC to submit a report on a regular or special basis. The SEC will penalize those who fail to file promptly.
To date, ZPPI has more or less 60 active members.