Virginia Arcilla-Agtay (left), Director of the News and Information, and Mohamed Jalal Al Rayssi, Executive Editor of WAM, sign the deal on February 11, 2019 in Dubai.


Philippine News Agency, WAM sign deal


DUBAI – Aimed at strengthening professional ties and cooperation in the field of news exchange, the Philippine News Agency (PNA) and Emirates News Agency (WAM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) here.

The MOU was signed on Monday by Virginia Arcilla-Agtay, Director of the News and Information – mother unit of PNA – and Mohamed Jalal Al Rayssi, Executive Editor of WAM, on the sidelines of the 2019 World Government Summit. The MOU is the first for PNA with an Arab country news agency.

“Given that there are more than 679,000 Filipinos living and working in the UAE, this MOU with WAM will further bolster our intent of reaching out to many overseas Filipinos and spreading the news about government programs and on-goings back home,” Agtay said. “In the same way, it would be helpful to promote Philippine culture to the people of the UAE, that has been a second home to fellow Filipinos.”

“PNA and WAM shall endeavor to exchange visits of each personnel as well as each experience in journalism, video editing & production, social media, publishing, translation,” the MOU read.

Al Rayssi said there are a lot of things to look forward to after the signing, aside from news exchange.

“There are building relations between visiting staff. Our staff, they come and go, they can have experience of the work from here and there,” Al Rayssi said. “We can start working on some initiatives together for the benefits of our audience and our staffs who are working both sides.”

The Philippines, he said, is considered by the UAE as an important country considering the more than half a million Filipinos working in the region.

“PNA and WAM can start working together and collaborating. This is a must and it is also important for us to look at the world from UAE that we are very connected with each other in different parts of the world,” he said. PNA


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