UP mass communication dean named to UNESCO national commission

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte named University of the Philippines (UP) mass communication dean Elenia Pernia to the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines, Malacañang announced on Wednesday, November 29.

Pernia was "appointed member, representing the non-government organizations, communication and information committee, UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines" under the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Pernia's appointment papers read. 

Pernia, the wife of Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, will serve in the commission for a term of 3 years.

Duterte signed Pernia's appointment to the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines on Monday, November 27.

The commission serves "as a liaison agency between the government of the Philippines and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and to associate principal bodies in the Philippines interested in educational, scientific and cultural matters with the work of the UNESCO," according to the law that created the commission.   

Pernia "has over 20 years of experience in communication/media education, research, planning, and evaluation," said her profile on the UP College of Mass Communication website.

A former reader's advocate of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, she was also a recipient of the Communication Excellence in Organization (CEO Excel) Award in 2015. 

Alongside Pernia's appointment, Malacañang on Wednesday also released the appointment papers of 27 foreign service officers, class IV, of the DFA:

– Rappler.com

Paterno R. Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II is a senior reporter leading Rappler’s coverage of religion and foreign affairs. He finished MA Journalism in Ateneo and MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at pat.esmaquel@rappler.com.