MANILA — Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte is among the latest addition to the roster of respected honorary members of the media organization Kapatiran ng mga Mamamahayag sa Pilipinas (KMP), a fraternal organization of media practitioners that aims to maintain a dignified media sector.
Belmonte, together with Quezon City People’s Council Interim Chairman Brian Lu, formally took their oath as new honorary members of the organization for the year 2022. They will now join the first three honorary members namely Bagong Henerasyon Partylist and House deputy minority speaker Rep. Bernadette “BH” Herrera (Batch 2010); Former Marikina City Mayor Del De Guzman (Batch 2011); Former QC Police District (QCPD) director P/Brig Gen Danilo Macerin (Batch 2015).
Honorary memberships are being bestowed yearly during the KMP’s anniversary celebration.
“We choose Mayor Belmonte and Chairman Lu to be part of the organization’s honorary member roster because of their continuous and unwavering support not only to the organization and its members but also to the media sector as a whole,” KMP President and Galant Scribe Rjhay E. Laurea said.
“This is the first time that we accepted two honorary members at a time. Prior to this, due to our meticulous selection process only one person passed our qualification, every year. Sometimes nobody meets the qualification,” he added.
Meanwhile, Mayor Belmonte expressed her gratitude to the organization and she congratulated the group for having a sound constitution and by-laws.
“Binigay sa akin ni Rjhay (Laurea) ang inyong by-laws at natutuwa naman ako sa nilalaman ng by-laws niyo sapagkat binigyang-diin doon ang commitment ng bawat miyembro na makipagtulungan para ‘yung mga personal needs ng mga miyembro ay matugunan. Katulad ng educational needs ng mga bata, health and medical assistance at iba pang mga basic needs ng mga journalist natin (Your president handed over to me the organization’s by-laws and I am proud of the content because it emphasized the commitment of members to help each other so that the personal needs of every member can be provided like educational needs of their children, health and medical assistance and other basic needs of our journalists),” Belmonte said.
She pointed out the group’s by-laws state the need for the government and the media sector to work hand-in-hand to be able to provide for the basic needs of the journalists so that they don’t need to sacrifice their integrity as a media practitioner who should be committed to the truth.
“Alam naman natin minsan dahil sa kahirapan ng panahon talagang nakokompromiso ang ating commitment to truth, justice and fairness because of the need to provide the immediate needs of our family. So ‘yun ‘yung isa sa napansin ko sa by-laws niyo and I congratulate you for that (We all know that sometimes due to poverty our commitment to truth, justice and fairness are compromised because of the need to provide for the immediate needs of our family. That’s what I’ve noticed in your by-laws and I congratulate you for that),” she further said.
Belmonte also shared the good news that the recently created Quezon City People’s Council with 21 sectors represented will include the media sector as an additional sector to be represented in the above-mentioned council.
“Ang Quezon City People’s Council ay may 21 sectors sa kasalukuyan na pinamumunuan ni Mr. Brian Lu, sa susunod na mga buwan magsisimula na po tayo mag-accredit ng mga ahensiya at mga organisasyon, sinama na po natin ang media as a sector. Sapagkat ang boses ng sector ng media ay kailangan din mapakinggan dahil alam naman natin na mapanganib talaga ang mga buhay niyo, alam naman natin na ang bansa natin has a very high rate of media killings, alam naman natin that many times when we seek the truth and seek to put out the truth and what is just and fair ay nalalagay sa alanganin ang inyong mga buhay (The Quezon City People’s Council have 21 sectors and is presently chaired by Mr. Brian Lu, in the next months we will begin to accredit agencies and organizations and we include media as a sector. We also need to hear the voice of the media because we know how dangerous your life is, we all know that our country has a very high rate of media killings, we all know that many times when we seek the truth and seek to put out the truth and what is just and fair, your lives are put in jeopardy),” Belmonte said.
In her closing message to the members of KMP, Belmonte committed to support the organization’s endeavors.
“I am here committed to be your friend, your servant and your partner. I am here to support you. I am here to support all journalists that are servants of truth and fairness. For those of you who sacrificed just to fight for freedom, fight for truth, to fight for justice and fairness my respect is 100%,” she disclosed. (AI/MTVN)