PCOO holds PCO Net NegOcc leg

The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) held yesterday the 10th leg of its Provincial Communication Officers Network (PCO Net) in Bacolod City.

COURTESY VISIT. Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Ana Marie Rafael-Banaag (3rd from right) and PCOO New Media Affairs director Princess Pebbles Duque (3rd from left), and Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Negros Occidental Information Center manager Lorenzo Lambatin (rightmost) are welcomed by Councilor Em Ang (2nd from left), City Administrator John Orola (4th from left), Secretary to the Mayor Edward Joseph Cuansing (2nd from right) and OIC-Public Information Office Danny Dangcalan (leftmost) during their courtesy visit to the Bacolod City Government Center yesterday. The PCOO is strengthening its Provincial Communication Officers Network.*

PCOO Assistant Secretary lawyer Ana Maria Paz Rafael-Banaag with Director III Princess “Pebbles” Duque of the PCOO led the meeting and interaction with more than 50 information officers from local government units and national government agencies.

PCO Net aims to bring news and information from Malacañang to the LGUs, schools and even private information officers and ensure that the policies and plans of the Duterte administration are communicated to every Filipino.

“We want to build bridges with everyone, with LGUs, with NGAs, and even with the private information officers. We want to build this network and not rely all on media alone,” Banaag explained.

According to Banaag, it is called PCO Net not because it is outside of Metro Manila, but it is a way for PCOO and one way for Malacañang to bring the Metro Manila government closer to the provinces.

“We find it hard to cascade the information and programs of the government because we have not talked to you (information officers or communication officers) and reached out to you and it is a remiss on our part if we do not do this (PCO Net),” Banaag said.

Meanwhile, Director Duque said they have so much information in the PCOO that they want to decentralize it in order for this information to make its way to every Filipino not just in the country but also abroad.

PCOO appreciated the group, referring to the Negros Association of Government Information Officers and Liaisons, a network of information officers, as the biggest group so far in all their legs.

Other PCO Net legs include Siargao where it was launched and General Santos City, Davao, Batangas, Tagaytay and Pangasinan, among others.

The PCOO officials during their Negros Occidental leg, made a courtesy visit to Governor Alfredo G. Marañon Jr and the Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia represented by Councilor Em Ang, City Adminustrator lawyer John Orola and Secretary to the Mayor lawyer Edward Joseph Cuansing.*(JSC/EAD-PIA6 Negros Occidental)