Signatories of the MOU (from left) UP Vice President Atty. Hector Danny Uy, UP Vice President Dr. J. Prospero De Vera, III, UP President Alfredo E. Pascual, ABS-CBN COO Carlo Katigbak, ABS-CBN Head of Integrated News Regina Reyes, and ANC COO Cilette Liboro seal the agreement between UP and ABS-CBN. Photo by Jun Madrid.
UP President Alfredo E. Pascual explains UP’s responsibility to serve as a guide to the Filipino voting public. Photo by Jun Madrid.
“While these two institutions belong to different fields – higher education, and news and current affairs – we share a common commitment to promote integrity, credibility, transparency and public participation in our national elections.”
With these words, University of the Philippines (UP) President Alfredo E. Pascual officially committed the vast expertise of the country’s only national university to work with ABS-CBN Corporation towards promoting the integrity and credibility of the 2016 National Elections.
Pascual led UP officials and faculty members in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the broadcast giant at the ABS-CBN Broadcast Center, Quezon City on 21 July.
Pascual was joined as a signatory by UP Vice President for Public Affairs Dr. J. Prospero De Vera, III and UP Vice President for Legal Affairs Atty. Hector Danny D. Uy. Chief Operating Officer (COO) Carlo L. Katigbak, Head of Integrated News Regina E. Reyes, and ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) COO Cilette Liboro were their counterparts from ABS-CBN.
Among its responsibilities under the MOU, UP will commit its experts from the faculty, alumni and professional staff in all its constituent universities to serve as resource persons and subject matter experts in various campaign-related activities, as well as videos and other creative content. The university will also assist in providing research and analysis, including a fact check on claims, profiles and performance of identified candidates.
ABS-CBN Chief Operating Officer Carlo Katigbak explains how the the partnership between UP and ABS-CBN can help Filipinos make more informed election decisions. Photo by Jun Madrid.
UP will also maintain its own Halalan 2016 website, as it did during the 2013 Philippine general election. The website will feature content created and produced by its faculty, staff and students. They will include, among others; mapping of provinces and districts, coverage of key local races, expert analysis from UP experts, profiles of presidential and vice presidential candidates, informative articles and videos from faculty members, and information graphics.
On behalf of ABS-CBN, Katigbak voiced his optimism about the partnership and its potential to effect positive change. He said that by partnering with UP, both organizations could work together towards “unlocking complicated or technical stories on our elections and political system.”
The combined strength of UP and ABS-CBN will also help Filipinos to dissect the issues candidates stand for and define their track records. “By telling these important stories,” Katigbak said, “we enable our ultimate decision makers – our electorate – to cast an enlightened vote”.
ABS-CBN Head of Integrated News and UP alumna Regina Reyes explains how a UP education taught her to challenge conventional wisdom and address societal problems. Photo by Jun Madrid.
UP President Alfredo E. Pascual (2nd from left, seated) converses with (standing, from left) UP Vice President Dr. J. Prospero De Vera, III, UP Manila’s Dr. Tony Leachon MD, (seated, from left) UP Vice President Atty. Hector Danny Uy, ABS-CBN Head of Integrated News Regina Reyes and DZMM Station Manager Marah Capuyan. Photo by Jun Madrid.
Representatives from both organizations (from left) ANC COO Cilette Liboro, ANC anchor Karmina Constantino, DZMM Station Manager Marah Capuyan, ANC head of Regional Network Group News and Current Affairs Division Stanley Palisada, UP Manila’s Tony Leachon MD, and UP Vice President J. Prospero De Vera, III pose together after the signing ceremony. Photo by Jun Madrid.