MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines and Russia’s communication offices are set to forge a partnership starting July, the state-run Philippine News Agency (PNA) reported on Tuesday, May 30.
The report said the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and the Russian Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications’ partnership would be in field of state information dissemination.
PNA quoted PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar as saying that the the two parties would sign a memorandum of cooperation in Moscow for the partnership that would include media training of PCOO staffers in Russia.
“PCOO expects to receive intensive media and management training at the RT TV Headquarters, Russia News Agency Tass, and the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Media,” said Andanar.
PNA reported that during President Rodrigo Duterte’s official visit to Russia last week, PCOO focal person for bilateral communications agreement Josephine Cayabyab met with her counterpart in the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communication and also visited RT TV and met with its Head of International Cooperation Department Karina Melikyan.
During the meeting, Melikyan said RT TV was willing to share some of its content to the Philippines’ state-owned media under the PCOO.