Malacañang on Thursday denied a social media post that it has allegedly declared November 3, 2023 as a holiday.
“Fake news,” Executive Secretary Lucas P. Bersamin told the media in a message when queried about socmed post.
He made the clarification after the spurious post spread online claiming next Friday will be a non-working holiday so the public can enjoy a long weekend.
The Presidential Communications Office (PCO) earlier said the Palace has no plan to declare October 31, 2023 as a holiday.
The date falls between a special non-working holiday on October 30 for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections and November 1, which was also declared as a special non-working holiday for the commemoration of All Saints’ Day.
November 2 is also a special non-working holiday for the commemoration of All Souls’ Day.
STOP and SPOT
During a Media and Information Literacy campaign at the New World Hotel in Makati City, PCO Undersecretary Emerald Ridao discussed the government’s STOP and SPOT campaign, where they highlighted the role of netizens in containing online misinformation and disinformation.
“When you do realize that you have come across false information, report it, don’t share it,” Ridao said.
“The spread of misinformation and disinformation ends with you. It is our collective responsibility to safeguard the truth in an age where falsehoods threaten to obscure it,” she added.
The PCO official discussed how netizens could spot false information by assessing its source, why it is appearing in their feed, as well as the time of its release.
PCO is currently using its Media and Information Literacy (MIL) campaign with the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education to mainstream its STOP and SPOT campaign.
Ridao said the campaign is primarily focused on the youth since they are among those groups vulnerable to false information.
“Seeing the youth’s hunger for knowledge, boundless curiosity, and willingness to become responsible citizens, the PCO has turned its attention to the untapped potential of the young people,” she added.
MIL also provides teachers in state universities and colleges (SUCs) and public schools the tools for them to teach students how to combat misinformation and disinformation.