MANILA – Presidential Communications Secretary Martin M. Andanar said on Monday, September 6, that the Duterte Legacy campaign is now a norm in informing the public of what the government is doing for the people.
“Duterte Legacy will become the norm of the government, kumbaga dapat nagrereport tayo sa ating mga kababayan [we should report to our countrymen],” the PCOO chief said in radio interviews with Radyo Bandera 95.7 FM Antique and 88.7 Oragon News FM.
“Noong mga nakaraang administrasyon, wala naman talagang legacy campaign. Obvious po na under the Duterte administration, hindi lang kapag mayroong SONA, hindi lang pagrereport ng isang accomplishment ng isang ahensya. [During previous administrations, there was really no legacy campaign. It is obvious that under the Duterte administration, we don’t only have the SONA and it is not just reporting the accomplishments of one agency],” he added.
He mentioned that the Presidential Communications Operations Office and its attached agencies are in full force in setting the standard on how things should be done in communications campaigns.
“Para makita rin ng ating mga kababayan na pwede palang gumawa ng legacy sa kanilang lugar. Hindi ito pagmamayabang kundi isang reporting system na kailangan talagang gawin natin sa gobyerno. [So that our countrymen can see that a legacy can be done in their area. This is not about bragging but a reporting system that we really need to be doing in government],” Sec. Andanar pointed out.
Laging Handa and Duterte Legacy Campaigns
According to Sec. Andanar, the good relationship of the PCOO and Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) helped a lot in airing the Laging Handa Crisis Communications through TV and radio stations who are KBP members.
He also expressed his confidence in the streamlined government communications instrumentalities through a much-improved social media presence of the government at present.
The PCOO chief emphasized that these communications campaigns were able to successfully inform the public of what the government is doing and its response in this time of the pandemic. The Laging Handa campaign has been implemented since July 2016 until now.
Under the Duterte administration, the Build-Build-Build Program has been one of the biggest projects, having generated 6.5 million jobs for Filipinos and contributed almost 5 percent of GDP spending is allocated for infrastructures. This is why the Duterte administration has been called the Golden Age of Infrastructure.
As of August 30, 2021, this flagship infrastructure program has constructed 29,000 kilometers of roads, over 4,900 bridges, more than 450 seaports, over 214 airports, and more than 150,000 classrooms nationwide.
Appeal to the public
The remaining 10 months of the Duterte administration is important and crucial to all Filipinos, according to Sec. Andanar.
“Suportahan po natin si Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte for the remaining 10 months. One of the most important months of our lives dahil gumawa na po ng roadmap si Presidente on how the country will recover from the damage of the onslaught of COVID-19. [Let us support President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for the remaining 10 months. One of the most important months of our lives because the President has already made a roadmap on how the country will recover from the damage of the onslaught of COVID-19],” he said.
He appealed to the public to work together hand in hand with the President in the remaining 10 months so that he can build a strong foundation for the country to recover quickly after the pandemic.