• DILG Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Diño said that the government will soon be recruiting at least 42,000 barangay news reporters
  • The barangay reporters will be the ones responsible in ensuring government transparency at the barangay level
  • PCOO has already set aside a budget for the implementation of the program

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Diño said on Saturday that the government will soon be recruiting at least 42,000 barangay news reporters.

“Si (Communications) Secretary Martin Andanar, may project kami na ilulunsad. Magkakaroon ng reporters, 42,000 reporters na tuturuan ng barangay journalism,” Diño said in an interview with Super Radyo dzBB.

[Me and Secretary Andanar are launching a project. There will be reporters, 42,000 reporters will be taught barangay journalism.]

According to Diño, the barangay reporters will be the ones responsible in ensuring government transparency at the barangay level.

The recruitment of barangay reporters will be part of the government satellite network (GSN) project of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).

According to DILG, there are a total of 42,036 barangays in the Philippines as of February 2018.

DILG said in a memorandum circular released in December 2017 that public information officers from the provincial down to the barangay level will undergo a citizen journalism training provided by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA.)

PCOO has already set aside a budget for the implementation of the program.