(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Saturday, 26 September 2022) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "KARDING" {NORU} was estimated based on all available data over the coastal water of Santa Cruz, Zambales(15.7°N, 119.8°E) with maximum sustained winds of 140 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 215 km/h. It is moving Westward at 30 km/h. Southwest monsoon affecting Southern Luzon, Visayas and the Western section of Mindanao. The entire Caraga region will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming from Southwest will prevail with Slight to Moderate seas / (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Friday, July 23, 2021

Statement of Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on the SONA preparations

With President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA), we at the PCOO have been working non-stop in our preparations to make this SONA modest, yet memorable and significant to the Filipino people - something that reflects President Duterte as a leader.

This will be complemented by PTV's documentary “Ang Pangulo”, which will be shown before the President's speech, and augmented by a full media coverage by the Integrated News Team of the PCOO, PTV, PNA, PBS, PIA, RTVM, and all of the government's media arm.

Given that the COVID-19 pandemic has to be taken into consideration in undertaking an important event, such as this year’s SONA, more or less 400 physical attendees with negative COVID-19 tests will be allowed at the Batasang Pambansa’s Batasan Hall.

To accommodate a wider audience composed of some Cabinet officials and diplomats, we have set up a virtual live screening of the SONA at the MalacaƱan Palace.

RTVM director Danny Abad will direct the SONA, while PTV General Manager Kat de Castro and I have been overseeing the production this year as the SONA Committee Chairpersons. Design inspirations from Mindanao will be incorporated in delivering and focusing on the Duterte administration's heirloom legacies.

We will be playing pre-recorded favorite songs of President Duterte rendered by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra such as “Ang Pagbabago”, “What a Wonderful World," “Dust in the Wind,” and “McArthur Park,” among others, throughout the SONA. Our national anthem will be sang by Morissette Amon.

With our last year in the Duterte administration, we will ensure that this year’s SONA will be etched in the hearts and minds of the Filipino people that we've worked hard to serve.