AFP holds social media confab to ?connect? with Pinoys

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AFP chief of staff Emmanuel, who is known is social media circles as "Manny Sundalo," giving his speech at the event AFP chief of staff Emmanuel, who is known is social media circles as “Manny Sundalo,” giving his speech at the event[/caption] [caption id="attachment_19477" align="aligncenter" width="581"]Gen. Bautista being interviewed by the media Gen. Bautista being interviewed by the media[/caption] The summit sought to enhance the AFP?s online reputation, strengthen nationalism, and public service awareness through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media. Over a thousand participants from the Department of National Defence, Philippine National Police, academe, government agencies, private groups and civil-society graced the event. Brigadier General Romeo Gan, chief of the Civil Relations Service of the AFP, said, ?The summit will improve the AFP?s initiatives in information and communication management, enhance the skills of social media managers and build a bigger network with AFP?s civilian counterparts. It will also establish a structure or mechanism that will synergize and harness social media efforts to achieve organizational and national goals.? AFP is already in Facebook since 2009, posting updates and programs as well as news of national concern. A year later, it joined Twitter broadening their social media networks. Currently, AFP?s Facebook page has over 77, 000 followers with more than 200 visits daily. Their Twitter account has almost 27,000 followers. The AFP also has its own blog, aside from the official website. ?It is just about time that the AFP maximizes Internet tools such as the social media to strengthen their connection to the people and optimize communication avenues in social media,? emphasized Ana Pista, managing director of Ardent Communications Inc (ArdentComm) and one of the speakers. The event was organized by the Media and Civil Affairs Group and AFP Civil-Military Operations School (AFP-CMOS), and public relations agency ArdentComm. Earlier this year,?AFP CMO School also conducted the 5-day extensive seminar and training on Social Media Management for various AFP units, the Philippine National Police, Department of Transportation and Communication, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and Philippine Veterans Affairs Office. “The AFP CMO School is in line with the AFP Social Media Summit in providing world-class training and equipping armed forces personnel with high-technology skills to further enhance their efficiency in public service,” said Major Jo-ar A. Herrera, AFP CMO School Commandant.]]>

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