The opening of six satellite offices nationwide is part of Vice President Sara Duterte’s “earnest efforts” to ensure the Office of the Vice President (OVP) is closer to the people, her spokesperson said on Monday July 4.
The OVP opened satellite offices outside Metro Manila to give easier access to social services to Filipinos, particularly those living in remote areas, on the first day of the office of Duterte on July 1.
Among these OVP offices are located in the cities of Dagupan, Cebu, Tacloban, Zamboanga, Davao, and Tandag in Surigao del Sur.
“These satellite offices were opened to assist individuals to access help and for swifter response in times of disasters,“ OVP spokesperson Reynold Munsayac said.
People wanting to personally see the Vice President would no longer need to travel to Metro Manila with the establishment of the offices, he added.
Manned by managers, these offices are open to assist the public during office hours from Monday to Friday.
The OVP appointed managers namely Michael Angelo Sotto Saavedra for Zamboanga, Ma. Constancia Corominas – Lim for Cebu, Regina Generose Tecson for Davao, Alan Tanjuakio for Tacloban, Rolmar F. Basalan for Surigao, and Marc Brian C. Lim for Dagupan.
According to the OVP, these offices were not set up per region but were chosen strategically for the accessibility of their location.
Duterte’s office plans to add more satellite offices after the initial six areas have become fully operational.