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Para isang opisina na lang: Andanar backs revival of Office of Press Secretary to replace PCOO

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By Prince Golez

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar is supporting a proposal of a lawmaker to reestablish the Office of Press Secretary (OPS) to replace the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).

“Iyong panukala po ni Senate President (Vicente) “Tito” Sotto, na ibalik po ito sa Office of the Press Secretary iyong PCOO ay panukala din po natin ito noong 2016, noong bago lang ho tayo sa gobyerno, kaso overtaken po tayo ng mga issues at mga pangyayari kaya hindi na po ito nangyari,” said Andanar in an interview on dzRH Thursday.

The reorganization of the OPS into the PCOO and the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO), through Executive Order 4 by then President Benigno Aquino III, resulted in the abolition of various divisions and functions assigned to the press secretary.

“Maraming mga divisions, maraming mga functions na nawala po doon sa Office of the Press Secretary at isa na nga ho diyan iyong presence ng mga press attaché sa iba’t-ibang mga lugar sa mundo na mahalaga po na merong media representative ang gobyerno po natin,” the PCOO chief said.

“Unti-unting nawala po iyong press attaché, kaya nga po every time na pumupunta po ako sa abroad at kausap ko iyong mga foreign mission, ambassador doon, eh talagang sila mismo, sa (Department of Foreign Affairs) kulang sa tao eh. So, sino iyong mag-aasikaso, Halimbawa sa London, maraming mga press doon, maraming mga broadcasting companies doon, sino ang mag-aasikaso sa kanila, sino ang kakausap sa kanila. So, ang nangyayari ay undermanned iyong ating foreign mission,” he added.

Appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte in June 2016, Andanar said that his previous proposal to revert the PCOO into the OPS was stalled due to lack of adequate funding.

“Kaya panukala natin ito noong 2016 pa, eh kaso nagkakaproblema nga, dahil kulang sa budget, sabi ni (Department of Budget and Management) Secretary (Benjamin) Diokno. Pero ngayon siguro na si Senator President Tito Sotto na mismo ang nagsabi na kailangan meron nito ay malaking tulong po iyan, malaking kumbaga, he carries a heavy weight pagdating sa mga public policies na kailangan natin i-adipt sa gobyerno,” the former television news anchor said.

In 2016, Duterte scrapped PCDSPO and transferred its functions to the PCOO.