BALANGA CITY, Bataan – The provincial government of Bataan goes back to basic in reaching more citizens as it publishes its first newsletter after maximizing use of modern media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
Governor Albert Garcia, a tech buff on information and communication, said the maiden issue of 1Bataan Newsletter which was issued early May is focused on featuring major thrusts of the provincial government to the betterment of the lives of Bataeños.
“We always try to understand the demand and requirements of our readers, as well as their suggestions; hence we will exert all efforts to include them, as far as possible,” he said.
Garcia said the province has utilized almost all forms of media, including social media, radio and television, except print, in its bid to disseminate fast and accurate information especially in times of disaster and significant events.
Indeed, the Facebook page of the governor, Abet Garcia, which has 85,656 likes as of May 24, 2016, is one of the most liked pages among Philippine local government officials.
His Twitter account has 2,764 followers while his Instagram is followed by 3,736 people.
Meanwhile, the Youtube account of 1Bataan, the province’s official communications portal, has garnered 76,934 views since joining in August 2013.
“In coming up with the 1Bataan Newsletter, we are confident that we will be reaching also those who do not have access to other forms of media specifically the internet,” Garcia said.
The full-color, 16-page, letter-size newsletter features developmental news on infrastructure, business, social welfare, agriculture, health, governance, and the Who’s Who in Bataan section that highlights the life and contributions of prominent Bataeños to our society.
With this grasp on information right on their fingertips, Bataeños express their gratitude most evidently in the governor’s Facebook page.
“Thank you Gov, malaking tulong samin yung mga announcements na gaya nito,” Bernz Generals commented on a post about class suspension amid inclement weather brought by typhoon.