Malacañang has finally reopened its doors to journalists covering President Duterte and other activities at the Palace.
Journalists from different media entities have returned to the Malacañang press office this week after the coronavirus lockdown rules have eased.
They were restricted entry to the Palace since it enforced strict COVID-19 lockdown rules in 2020. The return of the Malacañang Press Corps (MPC) was further delayed when the New Executive Building, where the press working area is located, underwent minor renovation.
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar welcomed the journalists to the Palace and held his final press briefing this week. Andanar, acting Presidential Spokesperson, also thanked them for their contribution to government’s information dissemination in the past six years.
Andanar, a former TV5 news anchor, will wrap up his stint at the Palace as the Duterte administration ends its term by the end of June.
“Extending my sincerest gratitude to the Malacañang Press Corps for helping deliver impactful information to the public from the palace and the president himself which is instrumental in building the nation and in shaping history,” Andanar wrote on Instagram.
“Your efforts have made our operations successful in raising awareness and in encouraging participatory governance to the public,” he added.
He also posted on Instagram a video of his latest interaction with the MPC members. “Welcoming the Malacañang Press Corps back to the newly renovated press working area after 2 years of lockdown due to COVID-19 restrictions,” he said.