Bigger will be relaunched on January 24

January 23, 2022 | 11:10 a.m.

MANILA, Philippines (As Posted) – In line with its efforts to counter misinformation with verified information, an expanded, the country’s pioneering fact-checking collaboration, will be relaunched on January 24 in time for May 9 elections.

The launch will be attended by its partners made up of 21 academic, media and civil society institutions and initiatives who have agreed to collaborate to provide the public with truthful and factual information about the elections by debunking false and misleading accounts from public figures, news media and social media. It will be broadcast live on the Facebook pages of and DZUP. was launched by the University of the Philippines in 2019 as a public service commitment to combat misinformation. It is a project under the office of the university’s vice president for public affairs and led by the journalism department of the College of Mass Communication.

In 2019, brought together three academic institutions and 11 media partners. This year, has expanded its membership to academia and the media and now includes fact-checkers from civil society and multi-sectoral organizations.

The academic partners are the Asian Journalism Center of the Ateneo de Manila University, the Colegio de San Juan de Letran, the Department of Communication of Trinity University of Asia, the University of the Philippines – Los Baños, the Patrol of fact-checking and FactRakers from the Journalism Department of UP, and the University of Santo Tomás.

Media partners are ABS-CBN, DZUP, FYT, Interaksyon, MindaNews, Global Philstar, Philippine Press Institute, Press One, Probe and VERA Files. Civil society partners are Akademiya in Bayan KontraDisimpormasyon in Dayaan (ABKD) and Fact Check Philippines.

Baybars Orsek, director of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at the US-based Poynter Institute, will deliver the keynote address at the launch. The IFCN promotes fact-checking excellence to more than 100 organizations around the world through advocacy, training and global events.

Fact-checking is part of journalism’s commitment to providing the public with the accurate information they need to become informed citizens. It also acts as a watchdog, holding those in power accountable for spreading false or misleading claims. As the May elections approach, fact-checkers have pooled their fact-checking efforts to help the electorate choose the right candidates. unifies these laudable efforts in an online hub. is supported by UP System, Google News Initiative, UP Journalism Department and the UP CMC Foundation.

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