UPMG inducts new officers for 2022

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    The newly-elected officers and board of directors of the United Print Media Group (UPMG) were inducted into office recently by House Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez.

    Serving once again as UPMG president is Barbie L. Atienza, head of external affairs and human resources development at Manila Bulletin. PhilSTAR Media Group sales and marketing director Jay R. Sarmiento is also again elected as vice-president. Angel V. Guerrero, Adobo Magazine’s president and editor-in-chief, takes on the secretary position. Sherly O. Baula, credit and collection manager of Chinese Commercial News, is the new treasurer. Elected as the auditor is Manila Times vice-president for sales and marketing Roda Alonzo- Zabat, while Jong R. Arcano, AVP/key relationship officer at the Philippine Daily Inquirer, is the public relations officer.

    The newly elected UPMG directors are Viviene A. Motomal, AVP-sales & marketing of Journal Group of Publications; Annie F. Grefal, OIC-sales & operations of Manila Standard; and Jeanette F. Dominguez, advertising manager of BusinessWorld. Rowena D. Dote of ABS-CBN Publishing’s admin & general services takes on the role of Credit & Review Board Head. Manila Bulletin’s public relations/corporate social responsibility manager Badette M. Cunanan will continue serving as UPMG’s chief of staff.

    “Keep playing your role in nation building,” House Speaker Romualdez issued this call as he emphasized the media’s role in serving the national interest, just like what is done in the executive, legislative and judicial branches.

    Romualdez had a lengthy discussion with the leaders of the various publications under the UPMG on key issues confronting the media landscape after the House Speaker administered their oath of office at the House of Representatives in Quezon City recently.

    “For the past years, the UPMG has proven itself to be the premier association of the biggest publication companies in the Philippines. As a giant in the media industry, your contributions in nation-building truly deserve the highest commendation,” Romualdez said.

    Considering the Philippine media not as an adversary but a partner in nation building, Romualdez also pointed out that being the invisible fourth branch of government, it is incumbent upon media to provide the public service they truly deserve with factual and untarnished information on the pages of their newspapers and magazines as well as their online sites.

    He also added, “Media reports — be it positive or negative — give us, government officials, relevant and timely feedback from the public with regard to our official acts. They also provide us with a platform on the issues that need to be discussed with the bigger public.”

    As active participants in the media industry, he called upon UPMG to continue to help in getting across the new administration’s message to a larger audience.

    “Our message is unity for a bigger purpose and our vision is a Filipino nation with its people living comfortably and secured in their environment. The task ahead may be full of challenges, but there is nothing we cannot achieve in unity with our people,” the House Speaker said.

    Photo shows House Speaker Martin Romualdez (fourth from the left) posing with the newly inducted executives of United Print and Multimedia Group for 2022-2024 at the House of Representatives on Wednesday, Aug. 10, including (from left to right) director Jeanette F. Dominguez of BusinessWorld, director Vivienne A. Motomal of the Journal Group of Publications, president Barbie L. Atienza of Manila Bulletin, (from right to left) director Annie F. Grefal of Manila Standard, PRO Jong R. Arcano of Philippine Daily Inquirer, treasurer Sherly Baula of Chinese Commercial News, secretary Angel V. Guerrero of Adobo Magazine, vice-president Jay R. Sarmiento of PhilSTAR Media Group. (Not in the photo are auditor Roda Alonzo-Zabat of Manila Times, credit and review board head Rowena D. Dote of ABS-CBN Publishing, and chief of staff Badette M. Cunanan of Manila Bulletin.)

    The UPMG consists of over 30 member publication companies, including Abante, ABS- CBN Publishing, Inc., Adobo Magazine, Balita, Bandera, Bulgar, BusinessMirror, BusinessWorld, Chinese Commercial News, Daily Tribune, Diyaryo Pinoy, Gadgets Magazine, Hinge Inquirer Publications, Inc., Malaya Business Insight, Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp., Manila Standard, Mediawise Comm / MUSE Books, Mindanao Daily News, One Mega Group Inc., Opinyon, Panay News, People’s Journal, Pilipino Mirror, Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, Philippine Star Ngayon, SunStar Philippines, Tempo, The Freeman, The Manila Times, and United Daily News.

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