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OVERVIEW OF THE PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPARTMENT

The Public Relations Department was established by Section 13 Sub-section 2 (g) of the Parliamentary Service Act of 2007 to foster a good corporate image of Parliament, through the dissemination of accurate information, and to educate the public on the operations and functions of the House, with the view of enhancing public awareness and understanding of Parliament.

OUR VISION

Our Vision is predicated on professionalism, coordination, dedication and commitment to service through multi-media use.

OUR MISSION

Our Mission is to foster the good image of Parliament by educating the public about the operations and functions of the House.

OUR MANDATE

Our Core Mandate hinges on promoting a good image of Parliament using multi-media approach to disseminate accurate information, and to enhance public awareness and understanding about Parliament.

FUNCTIONS/ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT

To achieve Our Mission, below are some of the functions/activities of the Department:

  • To foster good image of Parliament
  • To frequently issue press releases on the activities of Parliament
  • To inform and educate the public about the operations and functions of Parliament
  • To regularly update information on the parliamentary website, through the ICT Department on www.parliament.gov.sl
  • Media Relations
  • To facilitate daily media coverage of Parliament’s plenary sittings and Committee meetings
  • To produce parliamentary newsletter and update the Guide to Parliament
  • Protocol Services
  • Coordinate with the Parliamentary Press Gallery
  • Spokesmanship and representation to TV, Radio Stations and the New Media on issues relating to Parliament (local & international) and also take interviews on current development
  • To provide Media Advisory, including announcement such as the postponement of sittings, Committee on Appointments etc., and conducted tours on visitations
  • Outreach programmes to schools and oversight
  • Damage control during communication crisis
  • To proofread/edit reports and other correspondences
  • Summoning and facilitate preliminary investigation relating to bad press and represent Parliament at the Independent Media Commission as and when necessary
  • To represent the Clerk’s office in and out of Parliament
  • Officiate state/civic laying out ceremonies held in Parliament’s building

OUR INTERNAL SERVICE

Our Internal Service is laced with the following:

  • Media Advisories to the Leadership, Members of Parliament and staff
  • Coordinate constituency outreach for MPs through the involvement of the Parliamentary Press Gallery
  • Proofreading/editing of parliamentary reports and other correspondences
  • Frequent issuing of press releases
  • Audio, photographic and video recordings of plenary sittings and committee meetings
  • Handling of conducted tours to Parliament
  • Presentational Leadership i.e, public speaking role in formal ceremonies within the precincts of Parliament

OUR EXTERNAL SERVICE

Our External Service is not limited to the following:

  • To facilitate and support oversight, including constituency outreach
  • Frequent issuing of press releases on the activities of Parliament, including the production of newsletter and press conferences
  • To grant interviews and represent Parliament in TV and radio programmes
  • To represent the Clerk’s office in and out of Parliament
  • Interface with the public to create awareness and understanding about Parliament

OUR DEPARTMENTAL RULES

Part of the rules that are guiding our departmental approach are based on sound publicity and effective coordination.

KEY STAFF OF THE PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPARTMENT UTILIZATION OF OUR KEY PRODUCT

Our key product/service is the issuing of press releases on the operations and functions of Parliament, with the aim of creating public awareness and understanding of Parliamentary activities. These releases target the traditional media such as Newspapers, Radio and TV, as well as online platforms.

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