By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
Oct. 20, 2014
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – “Bayan Mo, Ipatrol Mo” has finally been launched in North America with the goal of empowering the community through citizen journalism.
Dynamic stories and compelling images – these are just some of the “Bayan Mo, Ipatrol Mo” reports filed by everyday citizens.
Launched by ABS-CBN in 2008, “Bayan Mo, Ipatrol Mo” reports can be seen on TV Patrol, Bandila, on ANC, and now TFC through Balitang America.
Bayan patrollers have reported and helped address the problem of rundown classrooms in the Philippines, the heroism of Pinoy health care workers in Japan during the Tsunami, and scenes of the Bayanihan spirit.
ABS-CBN’s Integrated News and Current Affairs Head Ging Reyes announced “Bayan Mo, Ipatrol Mo’s” North America launch during “ASAP Live in LA” last Saturday.
Bayan patrollers can record and send stories on local and national issues through their mobile phones, digital cameras, camcorders and laptops.
These kababayans say they want to see stories that expose the truth.
“Whether it’s good or bad, we need to know what’s going on in the community,” said Norma Fontejon. “Siguro yung storya ng mga katiwalian gubyerno.”
“I want to see stories on crime,” said April Molato. “It’s our duty as citizens to be involved.”
“Bayan Mo, Ipatrol Mo,” or BMPM, also seeks to inspire Filipino-Americans to come together and discuss pressing issues that affect them and the Philippines.
“Bayan Mo, Ipatrol Mo” has now over one million “Bayan Patrollers”, and this number is only expected to grow as more and more believe in the power of the people’s voice.
You may submit your stories in different ways:
-E-mail them to email@example.com
-On Twitter @BayanMo
-On Facebook: “Bayan Mo, Ipatrol Mo: Ako ang simula”