• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya assured members of the Negros Press Club of his commitment to the press’ safety, freedom, and rights, during the organization’s 87th oath-taking and induction ceremony at Sugarland Hotel Sunday.
Serving as one of the premier journalism organizations in the country, the Negros Press Club has performed the societal roles of journalists for the Negrosanon and Bacolodnon communities for nearly nine decades, Gasataya, the guest of honor and inducting officer, said.
“As an organization comprised of journalists from multiple outlets, you have embraced your diversity and turned it into strength to constantly improve your organization, and promote innovations in the field of journalism,” he said.
Gasataya said members are also able to challenge each other by improving the quality of information delivered to the communities and journalists as well across the region.
“As a public servant, whose career is rooted in journalism, it is my pride to see my fellow journalists and the field of journalism continue to adapt and flourish, all in the pursuit of truth and public information,” he said.
Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez said that with the support of everyone, especially media practitioners, he hopes that they will be able to steer Bacolod City to the direction where they want it to be.
Meanwhile, Gasataya administered the oath of office of the NPC officers for 2023-2024 led by its president Bryan Morden, vice president Merlinda Pedrosa, secretary Primerose Catherine Tejida, treasurer Maximiano Macahilo, auditor Elsie Jolingan, and directors Jemlo Victosa, Marchel Espina, Mae Singuay, Alvin Grava, and ex-officio director Aquilino Ciocon.
On the other hand, Morden swore in the new NPC members Anthony Ilon, Argee Ardiente, Nicole Ann Yocson all of Alitheia Netcast Bacolod; Roger Beltran – Negros Weekly; Simproso “Nonoy” Dela Cruz Jr. – Radyo Natin Sipalay; Eddie Colimbo and Virginette Nakar Bardos of Pasiplat Himamaylan; and Roger Ledesma of RPN DYKB.*