By Joey Natividad
CITY OF NAGA, Bicol Region (BicolToday.com) – The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) held its 9th National Congress in Baras, Rizal from January 29 to 31, this year and elected a new set of officers who will serve for two years.
The new officers vowed to lobby for the passage of Freedom of Information (FOI) law in the next administration after blaming President Aquino and his allies in the House and Senate for derailing the FOI bill, online news BicolToday.com was informed Friday.
NUJP new chairman is Ryan Rosauro, a Mindanao correspondent of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI).
Joseph Alwyn Alburo of GMA 7 was re-elected as vice chairman, while Dabet Castaneda-Panelo (ABS-CBN) is the new secretary general.
Also elected were Fred Villareal (safety office coordinator) as deputy secretary general; Che de los Reyes (ABS-CBN), treasurer; and Kimberly Quitasol (Northern Dispatch), auditor.
The other members of the 15-member national directorate include:
Angel Ayala (BicolToday.com); Melvin Gascon (PDI); Ronalyn Olea (Bulatlat.com); Nonoy Espina (InterAksyon.com); Jocelyn Clemente (PDI); Raymund Villanueva (Kodao Productions); Julie Alipala (PDI); Virgilio Cuizon (ABS-CBN/NUJP-Europe); and Nestor Burgos Jr. (PDI).
During the National Congress, NUJP decried the failure to pass the FOI bill which was among the campaign promises of President Aquino in 2010.
In a resolution passed, NUJP cited the refusal by President Aquino to certify as urgent the passage of the FOI bill despite the dominance of his allies in Congress.
The passage of the FOI will “significantly boost efforts to ensure transparency in government and combat graft and corruption,” according to the media group in its resolution approved by more than 60 delegates and participants.
The new NUJP officers vowed to pursue the passage of an FOI law in the next administration.
NUJP, affiliated with the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), has more than 60 chapters nationwide aside from chapters and organizing groups in Europe, United States, Canada, Saudi Arabia and other areas of the Middle East. [BicolToday.com]