Malacañang to Prioritize Accrediting Vloggers Soon

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Are you a vlogger? At least 18 years old? A Filipino citizen? 5,000 followers on Instagram? Well, you may get invited to Malacañang, too.

For President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.'s incoming administration, vloggers should look into the possibility of joining Malacañang press briefings. This, after all, is said to be a "priority" of Presidential Communications Operations Office (P.C.O.O.) and Press Secretary Trixie Cruz Angeles.

“We are … pushing for the accreditation of vloggers to be invited to some of the briefings, especially those conducted by the President-elect. That is one priority we have formulated,” Angeles explained at the Laging Handa briefing on Wednesday, June 1.

In the past, Angeles has been a lawyer and vlogger, as well. She served under the P.C.O.O. from 2017 to 2018.

Angeles did not specify any guidelines for accrediting vloggers just yet.

She did not expound on the guidelines for accrediting vloggers who would be allowed to cover presidential events. However, in August 2017, Communications Secretary and Acting Presidential Spokesperson Martin Andanar did issue an interim policy for accrediting vloggers that is still effective to this day.

Department Order (D.O.) No.15 claims that any Filipino citizen who is at least 18 years old and who has 5,000 followers on any of their social media platforms may be accredited.

According to this directive, a social media practitioner is defined as “a person that maintains a publicly accessible social media page, blog, or website, which generates content and whose principal advocacy is the regular dissemination of original news and/or opinion of interest.”

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The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (N.U.J.P.) released a statement in response to the office's focus on vlogger accreditation.

The organization said that while the act does mean that access to the President-elect democratizes coverage, it should nevertheless not be "at the expense of institutional media, which were sidelined during the [election] campaign as false information spread rapidly online, some of which were traced to the same network.”

Will journalists still be able to physically cover Marcos Jr.'s press briefings or events? Angeles claimed: “We’ll have to look at the existing policies first and determine, make a decision, as to how appropriate they are for the current times.”

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