MANILA – Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Tuesday said that they will review the request of Puerto Princesa City Councilor Elgin Damasco for assistance in the delivery of blended learning to students via radio.
“Padalhan mo ako [Coun. Damasco] ng sulat naka-address sa akin at kay Director General Aportadera ng Philippine Broadcasting Service tapos pag-uusapan namin yan pag natanggap ko na yung sulat [Kindly send us a formal letter addressed to me and Director General Aportadera of the Philippine Broadcasting Service. We will discuss it once we receive your letter,” Secretary Andanar said during a radio interview with Damasco on Radyo Bandera Palawan.
“Humihingi po ako ng tulong sa inyo dahil for almost 2 years halos wala pong natututunan yung ating mga estudyante dito po sa lungsod ng Puerto Princesa, dahil nga po walang face-to-face classes, napakahalaga po na makapagpatayo ng isang radio station na doon gagawin yung school-on-the-air program [We are asking for your assistance because for almost 2 years our students here are struggling to learn given that there are no face-to-face classes. It is important to establish a radio station where we can have a school-on-the-air program, a radio-based teaching],” Damasco said.
In the said interview, Secretary Andanar noted that they had partnerships with various government offices in order to make information more accessible to the public. They also partnered with the Department of Education for the airing of DepEd TV through its attached GOCC, IBC-13.
He also discussed the legacies of President Duterte in government communications for the PCOO. These include the successful construction of the Mindanao Media Hub. The MMH is the first government media hub outside Metro Manila which now houses the PCOO’s satellite office in Davao City, the regional stations of the People’s Television Network, Inc. (PTV), Philippine News Agency (PNA), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), APO Production Unit, Inc. (APO), Radyo Pilipinas, and the Presidential Broadcast Staff – Radio Television Malacañang (PBS-RTVM).
A similar facility is eyed to be constructed in Mandaue City, Cebu next year with the inclusion of its initial P200 budget for construction in the PCOO’s proposed allocation for 2022.
Secretary Andanar also reiterated the commencement of the construction of the Government Strategic Communications Academy this year in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, with its groundbreaking ceremony slated to take place this month.
“Napakadami pong legasiya ni Presidente sa PCOO at yan po ay maliban doon sa pagpapalakas ng ating digital platforms [President Duterte has so many legacies in the PCOO. And these are additional to our efforts in strengthening links and reach through our digital platforms],” he said.