MISAMIS ORIENTAL (PIA)–Fake news does not help in this time of COVID19, as discussed during a Network Briefing hosted by Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar, urging the public to think first before sharing any unverified information on social media.
In an update shared by PCOO Assistant Secretary Ramon Cualoping, he said an average of five or six fake news are spotted by his team on a daily basis over social media.
He explained, the latest issue is around the implementation of PhilHealth on the increase of contribution to 3 percent. Among the most affected by this are the Overseas Foreign Workers (OFWs), he said, a lot of people have come up to him and asked him about this.
The increase was implemented last year, the first increment was 2.75, this year 3 percent. He explained, this increase is not just for OFWs but for all employed.
The goal of PCOO, Cualoping said, is to simplify communication. Information is not meant for just a few individuals but for all, that is why they have made social cards of a five-page resolution, pronouncements, laws and the likes.
It is important not just to inform but to make people understand, he added.
Posts on social media can really trigger anyone especially if they do not understand the situation. PCOO has already posted social cards on fake news, he said.
In the case of PhilHealth, Cualoping cited there is a need to explain this increase to the people. This is about financial literacy, where paying for an insurance is so beneficial for us, investing in something that will surely happen in the future, he explained.
He also assured that once PhilHealth will put out information about this, PCOO will be there to help.
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