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OPS uses fact-checking to advance the battle against false information.

A “fact-checking” squad will be formed by the Office of the Press Secretary (OPS) to keep an eye on the propagation of false information on social media.

The idea was initially proposed during the House Appropriations Committee hearing on the proposed 2023 budget of the OPS on Friday when discussions shifted to the Marcos administration’s battle against misinformation and disinformation, according to press secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles in a Facebook post on Saturday.

“We are organizing and planning the establishment of the first fact-checking team of the Office of the Press Secretary to fight the dissemination of false information and news on online platforms,” she said. “Inaayos at pinaplano na natin ang pagbuo ng unang fact-checking team ng Office of the Press Secretary para labanan ang pagpapakalat ng maling impormasyon at balita sa mga online platform.”

Cruz-Angeles declared that the government’s campaign against purveyors of fake news would be intensified by the OPS, the President’s principal communications agency.

To assure the delivery of correct and timely information, she claimed that her office currently has many teams in charge of publishing content to its official social media sites.

Cruz-Angeles declared, “We are one with the executive branch and Congress in the relentless campaign against false news and raising public awareness to battle it. Kaisa tayo ng Ehekutibo at ng Kongreso sa patuloy na kampanya kontra fake news at pagpapalaganap ng edukasyon upang labanan ito.”

Cruz-Angeles stated that her office needs adequate funding to ensure the prompt delivery of crucial information, carry out its mandate to design and implement the Office of the President’s information systems, and keep good relations with the mainstream media and other stakeholders during discussions on the proposed PHP473.1 million budget for OPS in 2023.

To combat misinformation, false information, and malicious information, the Marcos administration has implemented a “One Messaging Policy.”

Government agencies under the Executive will work closely together to combat fake news under the one messaging policy.

Marcos previously advised internet users to follow the OPS’s official Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages in order to be informed about the announcements and intentions the administration has for the nation.

Cruz-Angeles previously stated that in order to make the Marcos administration “more sensitive” to Filipino concerns, the OPS will develop a “more thorough” feedback mechanism.

Cruz-Angeles recently met with representatives of the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Office of Public and Cultural Diplomacy to discuss methods to enhance government service delivery as well as the United States Embassy in Manila to strengthen cooperation on public information and communications.

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