Lingayen, Pangasinan—The Province of Pangasinan will enter into a partnership with the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) for a license to incorporate Voice of America’s (VOA) original web content from the VOA News Website into the provincial government’s online media services.
It has been one of the visions of Governor Ramon V. Guico’s administration to strengthen various programs and projects on information and media relations in the province.
To realize the partnership, a resolution sponsored by Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Napoleon C. Fontelera, Jr., was approved on January 8 during the regular session of the provincial board.
“It is the objective of the Provincial Government of Pangasinan to reach a wider audience and disseminate information to the public as fast and accurately as possible by using modern technology,” the resolution partly stated.
In a letter addressed to Gov. Guico on January 3 by the USAGM, it was disclosed that the latter agreed to grant a “non-exclusive royalty-free license” to the provincial government’s online media services to rebroadcast VOA audio, video, and text programs available on the Internet.
“The Sangguniang Panlalawigan expresses its support for this program in order to provide the people with trusted and objective news, information, and cultural programming through the Internet, mobile and social media, radio, and television,” the resolution further disclosed.
USAGMA provided programming to be transmitted from Mondays to Fridays, which includes the following: Climate Change; VOA Connect; The Inside Story; Border Crossing; Documentaries; and Connect America: Environment, Arts, and Culture.
VOA produces digital, TV, and radio content in various languages that are distributed to affiliate stations around the world. It was established in 1942, and the VOA charter (Public Laws 94-350 and 103-415) was signed into law in 1976 by US President Gerald Ford. (Ruby R. Bernardino/Pangasinan Information and Media Relations Office)