MANILA – Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Wednesday assured that the interest of the majority remains the focus of all the efforts undertaken by the government.
He said this as he renewed calls for Filipinos’ support as the country endeavors to address the impacts brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Let’s follow the President because he knows what he is doing and as of now it is only the interest of the majority that we are concerned about. Kung ano ang maganda para sa nakararami ay yun po ang ating tutukan for the next 9 months [Let’s follow the President because he knows what he is doing and as of now it is only the interest of the majority that we are concerned about. Whatever is good for the majority then that’s what we will focus on for the next 9 months],” he said in an interview.
Secretary Andanar noted that preparations for the country to be able to bounce back to its days of progress are being laid down by the Duterte administration as it prepares to transition to the next Philippine president.
“Itong pandemic hindi naman matatapos agad. Malamang ay aabot ito sa halalan. So kapag umabot pa itong halalan bago na po ang pangulo. Kapag nagtransition kailangan po maayos na nakalatag ang ating recovery plan [This pandemic won’t end right away. In fact, this might last until elections. Once the election period comes, we are expecting a new president. Prior to that transition, we should put in place our recovery plan],” he said.
He went on to say that a foundation for the working sectors should be put in place so that Filipino workers will still be able to compete in both international and local job markets while regaining the business sectors’ confidence in investing across the country.
Legacy campaign: reporting, not propaganda
Secretary Andanar also mentioned the pilot legacy communications campaign of PCOO Duterte Legacy, which highlights the accomplishments of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during his term. He said that this initiative sets a benchmark of good governance for succeeding administrations.
He stressed that the implementation of the Duterte Legacy campaign is a way of reporting to the public, rather than the claim of critics that it is propaganda.
“Hindi po propaganda yan. Hindi po fake news yan. Yung mga binanggit ko naman ay mararamdaman niyo, makikita, masasalat, mahahawakan. Hindi naman natin ugali ang magsinungaling, tayo ay nagrereport lamang [That is not propaganda. It is not in any way fake news. Those projects I have mentioned are tangible. You can feel, see, and touch them. We are not in the business of lying, we are only reporting],” he said.