CA confirms PCO Secretary Andanar, 13 Oct. 2016

The Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday, October 12, confirmed the appointment of Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, who vowed to streamline the functions of his office and come up with a unified messaging system for the Executive department.

Andanar presented before the CA his plans and programs for the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), which includes the modernization and revitalization of existing agencies and broadcast units, particularly Radyo ng Bayan and the People’s Television Network (PTV 4).

Andanar said he wants to transform PTV 4 into the People’s Broadcasting Corporation (PBC), envisioned to be the state-owned media organization at par with world-class broadcasting networks like the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) and Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

The PCOO Secretary also said he intends to modernize and reform the processes of the National Printing Office, APO Production Unit Inc., and the Bureau of Communications Services.

“Our ultimate desire is for PCOO to be more engaging, more responsive to, and interactive to people to mirror President Duterte’s trademark pro-people approach in governance,” Andanar said.

The PCOO Secretary likewise assured the CA of his full dedication, as well as his ethical and responsible approach in public service.

Prior to Andanar appointment, he was a television executive at TV5. His role focused on developing and championing pioneering projects like News5 Everywhere, the first news dedicated online TV and radio in the Philippines, among others. He was also an anchor for TV5 and AksyonTV and a hard hitting commentator of Radyo5. PND