LAOAG CITY, May 6 (PIA) — Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III arrived in the province yesterday and sat down with the Ilocos Norte media for an hour of discussion dwelling on various areas.
The topicss ranged from President Aquino’s economic agenda, the existence of supposed opposing blocs among Cabinet members, his relationship with the media, and more.
Quezon said his office has been touring around the country engaging the public and the media to amplify the President’s programs and the national government’s work agenda.
“I am here to answer any questions that you might have about how the President works, his leadership style, and how he has been stirring the country since he assumed the presidency,” he said.
He said he chose to engage the media to a discussion as a feedback mechanism on whether or not government programs have made an impact on the public.
Quezon said the President has been working on obtaining the public’s trust in the government by doing his assignment before facing the media for any information that they might want to ask.
“He doesn’t just read the news caps (news bullets) that we provide for him. He reads all papers making sure that he absorbs all the necessary data presented. He is good with data and numbers,” he said.
He said the President’s instructions to his communications team is to answer straightforward or beg off from answering if they are not prepared to support their answers.
“He told us not to pretend to know the answer if we don’t,” he added.
He said the Planning Office is currently working on codifying the laws, issuances, and executive orders that each President of the Philippines had decreed during their terms.
“The President wants a complete inventory of all the documents of all the presidents who had served. This is one way of ensuring good governance,” Quezon said.
Quezon also made clear how the Presidential Communications Group, composed of the Presidential Spokesman, the Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO), and the PCDSPO, work separately on their mandates of delivering the President’s message to the public. (JCR/CCA-PIA 1, Ilocos Norte)