USTP President underscores education as a weapon against misinformation at PCO CommUNITY Campus Caravan

By Kindle Mae B. Arcaya, Office of the USTP System President

On March 20, 2024, Dr. Ambrosio B. Cultura II, USTP System President, delivered a message to combat misinformation through education during the Community Campus Caravan, spearheaded by the Presidential Communication Office (PCO) at the Performing Arts Theater, USTP Cagayan de Oro.

The University President underscored in his welcome address the critical role of education in fostering unity amidst the alarming spread of misinformation. He declared, “This is a challenge that cannot be tackled alone. It requires the unification of our entire community, and it begins with education.”



Dr. Cultura pledged full support to the Media Information Literacy (MIL) campaign of PCO with the need to have more educated people in the information age. He proceeded to point out that the students, specifically the youth of today, are the leaders of tomorrow.

“Their [the students] choices and values will have a profound impact on the world,” he stressed. 

In closing, Dr. Cultura extended his gratitude to Atty. Cheloy E. Velicaria-Garafil, Secretary of the Presidential Communications Office, as well as the PCO undersecretaries and staff, for taking a proactive step in countering misinformation and disinformation. He promised the University’s commitment to working hand-in-hand with PCO for the betterment of the community and the entire Philippines as a whole.

An interview with the University System President by the participating agencies of the caravan.

USTP is one of the state colleges and universities nationwide chosen by the PCO to participate in the MIL campaign. The program aimed to educate people in evaluating and analyzing the information they consume, as well as to help them become more discerning consumers of media.

Some of the PCO booths at the USTP CDO DRER Memorial Hall