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The Philippines News Agency (PNA) is a web-based newswire service of the Philippine government. The PNA Headquarters are housed at the 2nd floor of the PIA building along Visayas Avenue, Quezon City. PNA's website address is

It has been 35 years since PNA was launched in an era when newswire operations relied mainly on teletype machines and typewriters. PNA has steadily paced the highly competitive and changing arena of Philippine journalism; it is now slowly but surely coming to par with the challenges posed by the globalization of media communications. This has deeply shaped modern journalism and the news media organizations that have been instrumental in creating the very conditions that made globalization a reality.

PNA has evolved today as an Internet-based news service agency that caters to the global demand for news and information to its subscribers, readers and a host of other clients. PNA's mission is spelled out clearly: to provide the government, the Presidency, the public, as well as its media and non-media clients, both local and foreign based, sober, factual, impartial and objective news and information. PNA provides news 24/7, including photos of major events, feature stories, sports news and events, local and global opinions, general information, as well as global news and feature stories. PNA employs about a hundred journalists and stringers across the country, with several foreign-based correspondents.

PNA beat reporters and stringers are deployed practically in every government office and agency, including the main offices and camps of police and security forces, to provide news 24/7 for local, regional and global subscribers and readers. PNA likewise maintains active news exchanges with news agencies of ASEAN member-countries and the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA).

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APEC Spokesman Charles Jose of DFA during the press conference at the International Media Center in Boracay . (PNA)

APEC Spokesman Charles Jose of DFA during the press conference at the International Media Center in Boracay . (PNA)

SOM Chair to APEC economies: Create environment conducive to digital economy or get left behind

BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan, (PNA) -- The 21 member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) are working to promote a policy and regulatory environment conducive to internet use which impacts on their economic growth.

Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Laura del Rosario, the APEC 2015 Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM)Chair, said it is imperative for APEC economies to seize the benefits of the information communications technology (ICT) in a digital economy.

Del Rosario said the benefits attributed to internet or digital economy, access to finance, health, education, services and solutions, and increased innovation require “both disruptive and creative policy response.”

“Those economies that don’t undertake the necessary investment and promotions policy together are going to be left further behind and their citizens further challenged,” she said at the symposium on the internet economy held here Monday.

Del Rosario noted that the policy and regulatory environment for the internet economy remains in transition.

“One principle needs to be finding a balance between objective, protecting consumer interest and encouraging innovation versus overly restrictive policies,” she said.

Del Rosario added restrictive policies discourage innovation in this area and add costs especially for smaller businesses.

“Regional if not international cooperation is an imperative, the internet economy is borderless,” she added.

The Philippines is hosting 31 APEC meetings all over the country this year. (PNA)