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Gov’t to roll out anti-fake news Government Satellite Network


Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Saturday said the planned implementation of the government satellite network (GSN) this year can be used to fight the spread of fake news.

"Ito po ay malaking panlaban din sa disinformation, misinformation or fake news," Andanar said in an interview on state-run Radyo Pilipinas dzRB.

"Sapagka’t kung mayroon pong fake news na halimbawa may nagsabi na, 'Uy mayroong red tide sa lugar na ito.' Dahil nga 42,000 na mga barangays ang mayroon at lahat po ng mga information officers ay united po lahat, ay siguro na mas madali po ng mapawi o matabunan iyong mga fake news dahil lahat ho ay nagkakaisa at mayroon pong government satellite network," he added.

The PCOO eyes to roll out GSN in 42,000 barangay halls and all PCOO attached agencies nationwide in six months.

"It’s a very ambitious project kasi 42,000 ang nais nating lagyan ng Government Satellite Network," Andanar said.

"So ito po ay magiging proyekto ng PCOO, ng Office of the President, kasama na po iyong National Security Adviser, Secretary Esperon so… and then, we are already talking to DILG pati ang Department of National Defense para magamit po nila itong Government Satellite Network," he added.

He said the GSN can transmit government video, image, audio and data content even to islands and hinterlands and the rest of world using advanced satellite and IPTV (Internet Protocol television) technology.

"At kung Facebook po ang pag-uusapan ay puwede rin pong mag-Facebook diyan sa government satellite network at para matabunan at mawala nga ang fake news," Andanar said.

"Para po ito sa barangay hall, sa barangay hall, para po ito sa mga iba pang mga departamento na gustong gumamit ng government satellite network but we will really encourage all of the departments, lahat po ng Cabinet members at lahat po ng mga sangay ng gobyerno, lahat po ng mga ahensiya na nasa ilalim ng mga departamento ay atin pong i-e-encourage na mga—kailangan sumali kana sa government satellite network because this is really the information network of the government using satellite technology," he said. —ALG, GMA News