MANILA – Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Friday emphasized the need to promote the national government’s programs aimed at addressing the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic in the country.
In a keynote speech during the fifth Covid-19 virtual town hall meeting, Andanar urged the local governments, public information officers, and youth leaders to help President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration in keeping the public updated about the ongoing efforts to combat Covid-19.
Andanar said Filipinos should stay informed to know that President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration is doing to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.
“Communication is the primary instrument of dissemination for every Filipino to know, understand, follow, and believe the magnitude of care and support from our President and our government during this pandemic and beyond,” he said.
He made the call as he stressed that the spread of false information about the government’s Covid-19 response being peddled by “non-credible” and “unreliable” sources could be prevented through the collective efforts of the workers in the government.
“It is imperative that only the truth from the officials and experts concerned will be released to eradicate misinformation and disinformation coming from non-credible, unreliable sources,” Andanar said.
The PCOO has launched the website covid19.gov.ph to stop the proliferation of fake news and provide the public with accurate information about the Covid-19 pandemic.
The virtual portal serves as a one-stop source for people who are looking for news and resources about Covid-19.
Amid the pandemic, Andanar said the government is taking advantage of the use of technology in communicating with the public.
“One way or another, we have already cope with the situation,” he said.
Andanar said Filipinos should know that the government’s national plan covers the protection of their “Kalusugan (Health), Kabuhayan (Livelihood), Kaayusan (Order), and Kinabukasan (Future).”
He added that the government remains focused on helping the displaced workers through the Department of Trade and Industry’s PHP1-billion finance rehabilitation support for the formal employees and the Department of Labor and Employment’s various programs for informal workers.
“We communicate as one, cascades the national programs concerning the Covid-19 pandemic, to the information officers of the local government units, including regular updates, guidelines, and current community quarantine protocols,” Andanar said.
Andanar said the government is also ready for the reopening of the economy for more sectors after Duterte relaxed the quarantine restrictions in the country.
He said the public can expect the “balancing act between the health of our people and the health of our economy” starting June 1.
“President Rodrigo Duterte will lead our people into a transitioning phase,” Andanar said. “Movements of people and the opening of business, although still limited, are intended to revive the economy while securing the health and safety measures of every individual.”
Metro Manila, Davao City, Cagayan Valley, Calabarzon, Pangasinan, and Albay would be placed under general community quarantine (GCQ), while the rest of the country would be put under modified GCQ beginning June 1. (PNA)