Interview

Interview with Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar by Orly Mercado (All Ready – DWFM)

ORLY:                                                  Communication Secretary, good morning Secretary.

SEC. ANDANAR:                            Magandang umaga po Kuya Orly. Good Morning po sa lahat sa ng nakikinig sa inyong sa programa.

ORLY:                                                  Balita ko talagang pinalakas na ang inyong organisasyon, dahil sa mayroon kayong hinihinging mga dagdag pondo para sa karagdagang mga gagawin ng PCOO.

SEC. ANDANAR:                            Tama po Kuya Orly. As a matter of fact tayo ay nagpapasalamat sa mga senador natin – Senator JV Ejercito, Senator Nancy Binay, Senator Zubiri – kahapon sapagkat they are very helpful during the budget hearing, ito po yung subcommittee budget hearing and now we will walk to the plenary confident that we could get more out of the budget na ibinigay sa atin ng DBM.

ORLY:                                                  Ito pong mga karagdagang budget may kinalaman ito sa pagbabago ng istraktura ng environment ng komunikasyon.  Noong araw ang tradisyunal sources of news ay iyong radio, TV, newspapers. Parang nagbago na yata talaga kung tutuusin at ang kinakailangan ngayon eh humabol ang mga burokrasya ng Pilipinas.

SEC. ANDANAR:                            Opo. Sa social media po naman nakahabul po naman po tayo, ang problema ho talaga natin iyong ating ang radio stations sa probinsiya na tila napapabayaan. And we only have about 27 AM stations, Ka Orly. I remember we have more than 80 provinces at iyong ating objective po, ang ating vision ay magkaroon po ng radio station sa bawat sa probinsiya para nang sa ganoon we can communicate better, we communicate on the language also.

Now sa TV ganon din, magpapagawa rin ng app television mapapalawak na ang ating reach, sapagkat hindi naman ho talaga mawawala ang television, nagbabago po iyong signal from analog to digital.

And the by the way, ngayong darating po na Lunes ay may meeting sa Japan with JICA para…ito nga para talagang itulak na iyong pag digitize ng PTV sa buong Pilipinas and we are being supported by the Department of Finance.

ORLY:                                                  At ito po ba ay mangangahulugan magiging mas malinaw, mas maganda maging high definition na ang magiging available na TV signal?

SEC. ANDANAR:                            Tama po kayo Ka Orly, at ibig sabihin din ho niyan ay magiging apat na po ang channel ng gobierno sa pamamagitan ng digital channel.  So ito po ay magiging plus para sa bawat Filipino.  And of course we continue to strengthen from Philippine Information Agency by way of organizing mga provincial communication officers, ito po iyong mga  IO sa buong Pilipinas, sa bawat munisipyo.

And of course, the controversial Philippine News Agency that we are really bent on reforming para mabigyan po natin ang mga kababayan natin hindi lang po sa Pilipinas, kundi sa buong mundo ng balita sa PNA.

ORLY:                                                  Secretary Martin, pinagtunan ng pansin ng mga senador iyon tinatawag fake news at anong ginawa ninyo. Ano po ba ang side ninyo, ang paliwanag po niyo sa kanila?

SEC. ANDANAR:                            Ang ginawa po natin, Ka Orly, ay atin pong—nag initiate po tayo ng fake news roundtable, ang inyong lingkod nag-initiate po as chairman of the information ng ASEAN 50.

So ang ginawa natin nagpatawag po tayo ng meeting ng counterparts natin mula sa iba’t ibang bansa sa ASEAN or 9 other ASEAN member states and about 3 weeks ago they all went here sa Manila at nagmeeting po tayo to get the best practices how target fake news; and of course malaman po natin na fake news is also their biggest problem sa kanilang mga bansa at mayroon po tayong mga maraming mga suggestions.

But one thing is clear, tayo po magkakaroon ng media literacy program. We are going around the country and we will be giving training ng media literacy sa mga stakeholders, sa mga trainors doon sa probinsiya so that they can be also pass that on to their constituents. So iyon po ang gagawing natin.

ORLY:                                                  At sa tinging ninyo ito ang mga question raised against the some people operating the social media, to be specific like Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson. Iyan po ba sa tingin nabigyan kayo ng pagkakataon para ipaliwanag ang at ibang itong mga roles ng mga tumutulong sa communication…

SEC. ANDANAR:                            Opo, opo. Ka Orly, alam po natin very controversial si Asec. Mocha and the really, if we really look it, the only reason why she is controversial is because she is really one of a kind Asec. She is an Asec. with 5 million followers on social media which make her very relevant and very important. But if you look at PCOO as a whole, if you look at PCOO and its 8 line agencies and its 4 agencies that deal with information dissemination, wala kayong makikitang agency na nagbibigay ng fake news, iyong po iyon.

Kasi that’s a question eh, kasi nagbibigay daw si Mocha ng fake news, etcetera. Kaya siguro it’s also time for us to look at the other agencies of PCOO – are we doing that as an institution? No, we are not. We are not doing that.

May mga issues kay Mocha, but Mocha already said na iyong kanyang opinyon blog sa kanya lamang, hindi editorial ng PCOO. But if you look at PCOO – iyong ginagawa ni Ernie, hindi naman fake news iyon; iyong ginagawa ng PTV, Radyo Pilipinas, PIA, PNA. So—I think they are waiting for Mocha for the plenary. (laughs) Kasi nasa New York pa si Mocha ngayon eh.

ORLY:                                                  Okay. So well, controversy sabi nila eh, it’s not bad as long as they spell your name right. Being in media is also a plus…

SEC. ANDANAR:                            Maraming salamat po, Ka Orly. I thank you so much for the wisdom, for always having us here your radio show. And by the way to be today it’s a very exciting day, mayroon pong rally dito sa Luneta. Ito po maraming mga oposisyon laban sa administration. Anyone can protest it National Protest Day.

There will also be rally for the administration dito sa Plaza Miranda. Ito gaganapin sa Plaza Miranda alas dos na hapon. So maganda…magandang coverage ito for media.

ORLY:                                                  Iyan ay kasama sa demokrasya, the ability to speak out your mind. Naranasan ko iyong martial law eh, hindi ka puwede basta basta mag rally eh talagang magkakagulo. It never stopped us during that time.

Thank you very much Sec. Martin Andanar. Maraming salamat.

SEC. ANDANAR:                            Mabuhay kayo Ka Orly. Salamat po.

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