When the Philippines imposed quarantine restrictions in mid-March to contain the coronavirus contagion, the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) shifted our news forums online. As millions of Filipinos hunkered down, Zoom’s virtual environment replaced hotels and restaurants in hosting our regular media forums with high-level officials and policy experts. We have broadened its reach by streaming most forums live on Facebook.
Since then, we have hosted around 40 virtual briefings tackling key aspects of the coronavirus pandemic and longstanding policy issues involving the Philippines such as geopolitical tensions in the South China Sea, the decades-old conflict in Mindanao and the recently enacted anti-terrorism law.
As focap.ph goes online, we are marking another milestone in the organization’s digital pivot while remaining committed to upholding press freedom and independent journalism in this very difficult time.
The website contains announcements and advisories for our upcoming events and media forums. It will likewise feature informed commentary from policy experts, academics and journalists.
‘The Correspondents’ features high-level interviews, on-the-ground reporting, journalism awards and significant career milestones of FOCAP members.
Going forward, we will beef up focap.ph‘s content to keep the public informed. In the meantime, we welcome you to explore our website anchored on accurate, independent and undaunted journalism.
Jamela Alindogan, FOCAP President and Al Jazeera Correspondent