Media Training Needed for Disaster Management
|Haji Mohd Rozan, Permanent Secretary (Media & Cabinet), Prime Minister's Office at the 24th Joint Technical Committee Meeting Concerning Cooperation in the Field of Broadcasting and Information between Brunei Darussalam and the Republic of Singapore|
BRUNEI-MUARA, Saturday, November 15, 2014 - THERE is a need for broadcast and media personnel who are involved in disaster management to undergo comprehensive training.
The training can improve coordination between media and the responders, Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) at the Prime Minister’s Office Hj Mohd Rozan Dato Paduka Hj Yunos said yesterday.
“(It) will help build a common language among all agencies and professionals to build a close partnership with relevant players which is essential to ensure a well-coordinated disaster response,” he added.
He highlighted the importance of disaster preparedness and response to the community during his speech at the opening of the Brunei and Singapore’s 24th Technical Committee Meeting concerning cooperation in the field of broadcasting and information between both countries.
According to the permanent secretary, while Brunei has acquired knowledge with regards to preparing for emergencies, there should be no room for complacency.
He mentioned that the country’s move from analogue to digital broadcasting opens doors to new innovations such as the possibility of featuring an early warning system.
Hj Mohd Rozan said he believed that Singapore possessed extensive expertise and training in the line of media preparedness for disaster that can be shared.
“In information, we would like to learn Singapore’s best practices in media regulatory framework for new and traditional media, and identify new ways to further strengthen our cooperation in both fields,” he said.
This will help Brunei enhance her own skills and understanding in the long run. It will also established the region as a local and regional training centre in disaster preparedness and emergency response.
Touching on the meeting, he said the meeting served to continue efforts to broadcast exciting television programmes so the people can experience the rich economic, social, culture and tourism development of both countries.
Both Hj Mohd Rozan and Singapore’s Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications and Information Aubeck Kam officiated at the ceremony.
The two-day meeting will see discussions on cooperation projects between Brunei’s Radio Televisyen Brunei and Information Department along with Singapore’s Ministry of Communications and Information, the Media Development Authority and Mediacorp.
Director of RTB Hj Muhammad Suffian Hj Bungsu and Media Development Authority of Singapore Chief Executive Koh Lin-Net will co-chair the meeting.
Also present at the ceremony at the Star Lodge Hotel, Jerudong yesterday were Deputy Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) Hj Idris Hj Md Ali and Acting Director of Information Mawardi Hj Mohammad. — Abdul Azim Kassim
The Brunei Times