UST joins leading institutions in fact-based coverage of 2019 elections

The University of Santo Tomas was invited to join more than 20 other institutions in a partnership that will provide credible and fact-based coverage of the 2019 elections as the midterm polls of the nation draws near.

In the Memorandum of Agreement signing that was held at the GMA 7 Studio for “Eleksyon 2019” on October 19, 2018, UST Office of Public Affairs Director Assoc. Prof. Giovanna V. Fontanilla, Ph.D., APR, represented the
Rector Very Rev. Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P., PhD.

Also part of the UST group were Director for Student Affairs Assoc. Prof. Ma. Socorro Guan Hing, DNM, and Public Affairs Office Assistant for Media, Events, and Special Visits Ms. Michaela O. Lagniton.

Print and broadcast media companies GMA Network, Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI),, and more than 20 leading institutions in education, business, telecommunications and public service, sealed with
ink their commitment to provide accurate coverage of the 2019 elections and counter disinformation in the signing ceremony held at GMA Studio 7.

From the academe, partners included: the University of the Philippines, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas, AMA Education System, Phinma-University of Pangasinan in North Central Luzon, the University of San Carlos in Cebu City, Silliman University in Dumaguete City, West Visayas State University in Iloilo City, Central Mindanao University in Bukidnon, Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro City, and Holy Cross Davao College in Davao City.

The Philippine Entertainment Portal, the Philippine Bar Association, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, and the Chamber of Commerce of the Philippine Islands also signed the agreement, among others.

Eleksyon 2019 aims for superior digital coverage in collaboration with video-sharing platform YouTube and social media platform Twitter.

The launch was hosted by GMA News and Public Affairs anchors Vicky Morales and Mike Enriquez.

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