Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar bared the Department of Budget Management’s (DBM) approval of the PHP49-million budget for the government communications strategic training facility.
Andanar, who is also the Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (Cords) for Region 10, said the facility will establish a Government Communications Academy, and will be equipped with modern information facilities.
Andanar said the facility would be erected at a two-hectare area in Manolo Fortich town, Bukidnon province. He said the facility will house a government TV and radio center, and has a modern dormitory for personnel.
He said the PHP49-million allocation will only cover the building construction, and that another PHP50 million will be allocated for equipment and fixtures.
Meanwhile, Andanar said PCOO is lobbying for Congress to institutionalize the mandatory installation of Barangay Information Officer (BIO) in all villages in the country.
The BIOs, he said, can be trained by the planned Government Communications Academy.
In a phone interview Friday, the city’s Association of Barangay Councils president, City Councilor Yan Lam Lim, expressed support for the creation of BIOs, noting that the barangays currently lack information officers as the position is not mandated by law.
Even barangay officials, Lim said, lack media literacy and many have no basic understanding of public communications. (PNA)
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