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Martin Andanar insists Philippine Information Agency under jurisdiction of PCOO

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By Prince Golez

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar has issued Department Order No. 6 stating that the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) is the final approving authority for all appointments and other personnel actions within the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).

In signing the order last June 10, Andanar said the PIA, an attached agency of the PCOO and official public information arm of the government, is under his direct supervision.

“All personnel actions within the PIA shall require the final approval of the PCOO Secretary. Personnel actions include, but are not limited to, the following: hiring, appointment, transfer, detail, secondment, suspension and termination of PIA officials, employees and personnel,” read portion of the directive read.

Andanar said the issuance of this Order will ensure “the integrity of the investigation and pursuant to the control and supervisory powers of the PCOO.”

PIA chief Harold Clavite is currently being investigated for alleged corruption.

The Office of the Undersecretary for Legal Affairs has issued a letter to Clavite directing him to explain the documented accusations.

He lamented the allegations were merely based on an anonymous letter to Andanar. “The allegations are done based on intent to demolish and undermine my person and authority due to the reforms I have established in the agency.”

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