Malacañang has confirmed that Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) head Ricky Carandang has resigned.
On December 4, The Manila Times reported that Carandang “offered to leave government service by the end of the month.”
Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said President Benigno Aquino 3rd accepted Carandang’s resignation, which will be effective on December 31.
“Secretary Carandang’s term of service came during the eventful first half of the Aquino presidency, where he worked behind the scenes and before the cameras to do his part to communicate the President’s message,” Lacierda said.
“Secretary Carandang thanked the President for the chance to serve the administration and the country. The President also thanked him for his service to the country,” he added.
Lacierda said he does not know the reason behind the resignation, but that Carandang wanted to go back to the private sector “after a short and well-deserved vacation.”
Carandang was a broadcast journalist before he joined the President’s communication team in July 2010.
“I believe that he has done a commendable job as the PCDSPO Secretary when most of the time you don’t see him because he often works behind the scenes, meeting with several Cabinet secretaries, meeting with the President discussing also messaging,” Lacierda said.
Having worked with Carandang, Lacierda said that he was “very sad with his departure.”
“I’ve known Ricky for more than—before we entered government. So I’ve known him as a good friend; I’ve known him as a very competent reporter when he was in the private sector. I’ve known him to be a very able and a very strategic thinker in government and so, it’s really sad that he’s leaving. But, his desire to return to private sector was something he felt is the right time to do,” he said
Lacierda said Undersecretary Manuel Quezon 3rd will oversee the operations of PCDSPO once Carandang leaves.