• ‘Better’ Duterte-media relations up

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    INCOMING Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Monday vowed to establish stronger rapport between incoming President Rodrigo Duterte and the media, some members of which became the subject of ridicule by the President-elect.

    “For now, the scope of my job is to manage all the government media entities and to maintain good media relationship with everyone of you,” Andanar, a veteran broadcaster, said in a press briefing in Malacañang.

    Outgoing Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. gave Andanar a tour of the various offices attached to the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) to give the latter a feel of how it is to be in his shoes.

    “I was really impressed by the different bureaus Secretary Coloma has shown earlier. Now, I guess the job for me is to continue the good projects that he has done and also craft the National Communications Strategy that I have presented to the President-elect (Rodrigo) Duterte,” said Andanar.

    He said his plans include the publication of government tabloids and the holding of a weekly press conference with Duterte similar to what he has been doing in Davao City.

    “We still have to talk about this. It is essentially — the ‘Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa’ is a weekly TV and radio program the incoming President had in Davao, every Sunday iyon e. And it’s essentially a program that talks to the masa and addresses problems of the masa. It’s as transparent as you can get. And we would want to — I would propose to bring that here in Manila and make it a national program,” he added.

    On running a government tabloid, he explained that the vision is essentially to tell the people the services of the government.

    “And also to print the achievements or the policies that the people need to know. And I believe, the Secretary has left two printing agencies that are high-tech. So, I guess, it can manage the job,” he stressed.

    Coloma on Monday accompanied his successor to Channel 4, Radyo ng Bayan and other offices under him. Andanar said that besides the existing facilities of government, he will also initiate a stronger social media presence for Duterte and his government.

    “If you want a good legacy, you have to surpass the previous work. So bukod doon sa telebisyon, bukod doon sa radyo (aside from television and radio), we have to improve on that. We also want to build the online presence. We would like to build platforms. We are planning to print our own weekly tabloid. And, of course, it is not all cast in stone. Maraming pagbabago pa (there will be many changes) as we, the team, do our jobs,” he pointed out.

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