(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Tuesday, 20 August 2019) At 3AM today a Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated at 975km East of Catarman, Northern Samar (13.3N, 133.6E). Dinagat Islands, Surigao Norte, and Surigao Sur will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Trough of LPA. The rest of Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to Localized Thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds from Southwest to West with slight to moderate seas.PAGASA/jpf

Thursday, August 1, 2019


ANDANAR SAYS OPEN DIALOGUES FURTHER IMPROVE GOV’T SERVICES


TACLOBAN CITY — The regional participatory governance dialogues will address remaining concerns in the government bureaucracy, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said.
“Today, we continue the telling of our country's story. Enjoining the people in participating in governance by bringing the President’s cabinet secretaries into your actual lives through this town hall meeting. To communicate, to clarify, and to converge,” Andanar said in his speech during the Dagyaw 2019: Open Government and Participatory Governance Regional Townhall Meeting here.
“The bureaucratic web of problems can expeditiously evaporate [through] dialogue, and derive resolutions,” Andanar added.
Dagyaw aims to be one of the main government campaigns that will provide avenues for productive, valuable, sincere, and visible engagement between the government and the people at the local level.
“Everyone has a story to tell. Our task is to gather your stories and take them to the desks where programs and decisions are made. But it is here in the town halls where questions are to be answered,” Andanar said.
Andanar highlighted the importance of Dagyaw in the participation of the people in governance, which reflects the Filipino concept of “bayanihan” — a Hiligaynon term where “Dagyaw” was coined.
It also seeks to communicate the reforms of the Duterte administration to the local level, entertain citizens’ concerns, establish a one-stop shop of frontline government services, and gather stakeholder inputs for the co-creation of the Philippine Open Government Partnership (PH-OGP) National Action Plan 2019-2021.
“Everyone is in this movement, and all together are carrying their desires, their ideas, and their dreams towards a national action plan for the rest of this year and beyond,” the PCOO chief said.
The Tacloban leg marks the 6th Dagyaw town hall meeting since July this year, following the Pampanga, Cebu, Davao, Koronadal City, and Pasay City caravans.

The PCOO, the Department of Budget and Management, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government will continue to bring open government dialogues to regions outside Metro Manila until September.

Moreover, Andanar urged the local government units as well as the stakeholders to lobby for the creation of the Freedom of Information (FOI) law.

“My challenge to all of you here in Tacloban city...to all of the mayors, to all of the NGAs (national government agencies), all of the stakeholders who are present today. If we really want to make the entire government transparent, write your congressmen. Write your senators. Tell them to pass the FOI bill. Make it a law,” he said.

Andanar said that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has already done his part in initiating the FOI program through Executive Order No. 2 signed 25 days after he took his oath of office.

“The ball is now in the congress and the senate to pass this into law. Through this FOI, the work of government becomes properly accessible for scrutiny and relevant for informative needs. In this matter, government becomes as large and as important as a nation by acquiring a dimension that's profoundly and wonderfully of the people, by the people, and for the people,” Andanar closed.