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Marcos wants youth protected from fake news


President Bongbong Marcos said the youth should have the proper tools to protect themselves from fake news.
Marcos: Gov't to launch media literacy campaign vs fake news
Screencap of president BBM

Launching of Media and Information Literacy

According to a report by CNN Philippines, Marcos said truth is the first casualty of fake news, while also emphasizing the importance of verifying sources of information.

The first step that we can do for our people is to say know your source. Tingnan niyo kung saan galing. Kung ano 'yung kuwento na 'yan. Baka nag-inuman lang 'yang mga 'yan tapos kung ano-ano ang naisip, sinulat sa Internet. Naniwala naman tayo, he said.

The president made the statement during the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Presidential Communications Office (PCO) to launch the government's campaign against fake news: "Media and Information Literacy (MIL)."

This program is in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Education (DepEd), the Commission in Higher Education (CHED), and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The PCO will be the lead agency to implement MIL.

As for the other agencies, DepEd will craft an educator's and learners' MIL manual to be included in the basic education program. CHED will do the same as well as push concerned parties to work with SUCs.

DSWD will be also tasked to include the project in their programs, as well as provide training in targeted communities.

Meanwhile, the DILG along with LGUs will implement the anti-disinformation project.

PCO said the government also partnered with Google, Meta, TikTok, and X for the program.

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