PCOO widens reach as President’s communications arm

BACOLOD CITY-- Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Friday, March 24, underscored the important role of the Presidential Communications Operations Office in making the policies and programs of the presidency and the presence of the government felt on the ground.

"We only have one country. We only have one flag. And we have to take care of our own country. And we have to take care and love our flag. So that is the job of the Presidential Communications Operations Office to go around para ipaliwanag sa ating lahat ang maraming ginagawa ng ating Pangulo," Secretary Andanar said in his keynote speech.

The PCOO chief was in the City of Smiles to attend the Bacolod leg of the 2017 ASEAN-PCOO Roadshow held in Sugarland Hotel.

"Kailangan nating malaman na ang Presidential Communications Operations Office ay taga-pangasiwa ng ilang departamento at ilan pang mga ahensiya ng ating gobyerno. Hindi lang limited doon sa pagsasalita para sa ating Pangulo." the PCOO chief added.

The PCOO, Andanar said, has strengthened its agencies, especially their on-air, online, on-print, and on-ground communications.

He mentioned PTV (People's Television), RTVM (Radio-Television Malacanang), and Radyo ng Bayan as PCOO's on-air media channels, while the Presidential Communications Facebook Page and the website www. pcoo. gov. ph as major online platforms.

For the "on-print" aspect, Andanar described the key functions of the National Printing Office (NPO), APO Production Unit, and Bureau of Communications Services (BCS).

"(Y)ung mga resibo ng local governments dito galing sa NPO din, National Printing Office. Ang nag-i-imprenta po ng mga balota natin ay ang National Printing Office. (A)ng pasaporte po ninyo ay ini-emprenta ng APO Production Unit. Ang APO Production Unit ay nasa ilalim din po ng PCOO. Para po sa mga kababayan natin na nakakatanggap ng yearbook, lalo na yung sa gobyerno na galing sa Pangulo, ang nag-i-imprente po o gumagawa nun ay yung Bureau of Communications Services (BCS)," Andanar explained.

On the other hand, the Philippine News Agency (PNA), which is under PCOO's News and Information Bureau, and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) comprised the on-ground communication channel.

"So napakadami po nating ahensiya under PCOO. So that is why it is very important, lalo na for this administration, na maramdaman po ng ating mga kababayan kung ano ang kahalagan ng PCOO," Andanar said, adding the President has so many good policies the public needs to know.

More than 650 participants, including Vietnamese ASEAN delegates Nguyen Hang Thi and Pham Minh Anh, attended the Bacolod leg of the 2017 ASEAN-PCOO Roadshow, which was part of PCOO's on-ground activity through the PIA.

Other speakers during the event included PCOO Undersecretary Noel George Puyat, PCOO Assistant Secretary Kristian Ablan, Presidential Task Force on Media Security Executive Director Joel Sy Egco, and blogger Carlos Munda of MindaNation.

Source: Philippines News Agency