This morning, the Armed Forces of the Philippines conducted the first ever Bloggers Engagement on December 13, 2018, held at the Bulwagang Reyes, Civil Relations Service, AFP, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
During the event Lt.Col Emmanuel Garcia discussed the importance of the effort of the AFP to counter violent extremism. He mentioned that recruitment of young people is now in social media. Likewise, he stressed the need for collaboration for bloggers to be able to spread awareness and on the other hand, Major Gene Orense the Group Commander of Information Development Group discussed the AFP’s efforts on social media. He presented some of the posts of the Civil Relations Service Facebook Page that gathered numerous numbers of hits, likes, and shares.
The objectives of the said event were:
- To engage bloggers in promoting the advocacies of the Armed Forces of the Philippines
- To engage the bloggers in preventing and countering violent extremism
- To promote the efforts of AFP in doing its mandate
- To make use of blogging as a platform to cascade information that the AFP is a non-partisan organization.
Major Alwin M Maneja, the Group Commander of Media and Civil Affairs Group, CRSAFP pointed out on his speech that bloggers are great help in promoting the advocacies of the AFP.
Meanwhile, Major General Bienvenido Datuin Jr, Commander of the Civil Relations Service said that bloggers suggestions matters to the AFP as the institution continue their online efforts.
“WE, IN THE AFP BELIEVE THAT YOUR EXPERTISE WILL HELP US IMPROVE OUR ONLINE INITIATIVES. YOUR INPUTS, COMMENTS, AND SUGGESTIONS WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED BY THE INSTITUTION, AS WE CONTINUE TO PROVIDE SERVICES FOR THE FILIPINO PEOPLE.” Datuin added.
In closing the Datuin hopes that the partnership of the AFP with the bloggers will continue.