PCOO mandated to communicate programs, services to population

Published March 25, 2018, 1:56 PM

by Patrick Garcia


By Genalyn Kabiling

The government is moving to enhance its information dissemination network to effectively communicate its programs and services to the public.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar (ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar

President Duterte has directed Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar to inspect the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) offices across the country and ensure the government message is getting across.

“Tayo’y napag-utusan ng Pangulo na kailangan umikot tayo sa buong Pilipinas ano, para at least masiguro natin na iyong ating Philippine Information Agency ay nabibigyan ng sapat na pansin. Kasi ito iyong ating inaasahan na magbigay ng mga impormasyon, mga balita mula sa gobyerno, mula sa Executive Department all the way to the purok [We have been directed by the President to go around the Philippines to ensure our Philippine Information Agency is getting the proper attention because we expect them to give information, news about the government from the Executive department all the way to the communities],” Andanar said over government radio last Saturday.

“So iyon ang ating assignment ngayon [That’s my assignment] for the next 9 months ay 80% of my time will be spent in the provinces,” said Andanar, who has been strengthening and modernizing the government media network to disseminate factual information and combat fake news.

Andanar, as head of the government’s communication network, has supervision over PIA, the government’s main information agency. PIA, created by an executive order issued by then President Corazon Aquino in 1986, has 16 regional offices and 78 provincial information centers.

The government recently organized its first-ever national information convention renewing its commitment to fight the spread of false information in the country.