Andanar: nat’l communications policy will bring President’s message down to barangays

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 June) — Incoming Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) head Martin Andanar said on Saturday that he will push for a strategy that can help his department implement a national communications policy that will the Duterte administration’s messages down to the barangay levels.

Andanar, a former TV5 news anchor, will now be overlooking operations of PTV 4, the Philippine Broadcasting Service, Radyo ng Bayan, Philippine Information Agency, Philippine News Agency and the National Printing Office.

He was among five new members of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s official family who were presented to the media on June 2.

He said the communications policy should streamline information of the government and bring this to the local level.

Andanar is also planning to bring the mayor’s Davao Sunday show, “Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa” (From the masses, for the masses) on a national level to give voice to the voiceless.

He added that plans to improve the digital platforms of the current administration are also in the works, including the Official Gazette.

“We need one strategy that will carry the message of the President down to the barangay level,” he said.

His working timeline is before July 1. “Once we start, [on July 1], dapat meron na,” he said.

The Duterte administration takes over from the Aquino administration noon of June 30.

Modernization of equipment will be looked into after accounting current assets. “We have to look at what we have and what we don’t have,” he said.

“We’ll just make do with what’s there,” he added, to avoid further spending. (Jesse Pizarro Boga / MindaNews)