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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

PCOO opens more vacant regular positions

MANILA - The Presidential Communications Operations Office along with its attached agencies has opened more vacant regular positions across the country as part of improving the bureaucracy, Secretary Andanar said on Wednesday.

The PCOO chief said that doing so will help maintain and improve the legacies of President Duterte in terms of institutional reforms in the agency.

“We open many positions so that we can really strengthen our bureaucracy,” he said in an interview, stressing the importance of regularizing employees to ensure security of tenure.

“The important thing is that we leave the PCOO not only with the Build, Build, Build projects and policies but also leaving a strong bureaucracy by hiring regular people so that the institutional memory lives on and is improved as the day-to-day operations happen,” he added.

Secretary Andanar said that for the Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS) alone, the agency has opened around 190 vacant positions nationwide. The PBS is the agency which handles the operations of Radyo Pilipinas stations.

Hiring and selection process of applicants is also ongoing for the PCOO proper and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).

“If you place regular employees then we are assured that there will be someone who will look after the reforms and policies we have undertaken,” he said.

Interested applicants are encouraged to browse through the respective websites of the PCOO and its attached agencies or through the website of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) for the list of vacancies.

Agencies under the PCOO include the Radio Television MalacaƱang (RTVM), Bureau of Broadcast Services (BBS), Bureau of Communications Services (BCS), National Printing Office, News and Information Bureau, PIA, People's Television Network, Inc. (PTNI), APO Production Unit, Inc., and the Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC 13).

Instituting sustainable communication

In the same interview, Secretary Andanar also mentioned his advocacy on introducing sustainable communication as part of public news and information delivery.

“We’ve been talking about sustainable agriculture, sustainable living and development but we have not talked about sustainable communication even though we know that the one that weaves these programs and projects is communication,” he said.

He stressed that communication in government should be advocacy-driven and it should be ensured that contents and information given out should be appropriate for its target audience.