MANILA – Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said on Saturday that the national government continues to recognize the views of the local government, especially on its focus areas of illegal drugs, peace and order, COVID-19 response, and Build, Build, Build Program.
During the episode of the Cabinet Report, the PCOO chief assured that the national government will continue to reach out to those LGUs outside Metro Manila.
“Tapos na ang SONA. Now, it’s back to work. Patuloy tayo sa pagtatrabaho tungo są progreso – habang, siyempre, sabay-sabay pa rin nating pinag-iingatan ang banta ng pandemya [The SONA is over. Now it’s back to work. We will continue to work towards progress while, of course, ensuring the safety of everyone front he threats of the pandemic],” Secretary Andanar said.
“Kayo’y makaka-asa na patuloy pa rin ang ating adbokasiyang pagbibigay ng boses sa mga munisipyo, lungsod, lalawigan at rehiyon – lalo na yung mga nasa labas ng NCR, na madalas, dahil sa kalayuan nila sa mga media centers natin, ay di nabibigyan ng pansin. Patuloy pa rin ang ating adbokasiyang bigyan ng kahalagahan ang lokal na pananaw [Rest assured that we will continue our advocacy of providing a voice for our municipalities, cities, provinces, and regions, especially those outside NCR, that are at times neglected due to their distance from the media centers. Our advocacy to give importance to local perspectives will continue],” he added.
During the program, Secretary Andanar interviewed some heads of the local government units to discuss the programs that they expect to be continued by the Duterte administration in its final term, and likewise seek their views on the programs and projects of the national government in their locality.
For Quirino Governor Dax Cua, the campaign against illegal drugs has greatly sent waves of positive change in his province.
“Inaasahan ko na hindi yan magwi-waver, na that would be strong until the end of his administration. It has achieved great strides in our community, and different provinces including Quirino province and magiging sayang yung gains para sa ‘ting future na mga kabataan [We are hoping that this will not waver, that it will remain strong until the end of his administration. It has achieved great strides in our community, and different provinces including Quirino province, and it will be a waste of gains made for the future generations, otherwise],” Governor Cua said.
For the provinces of Capiz and Agusan del Norte, the national government’s proactive response against the impacts of the pandemic is a testimony to the genuine concern of the administration for the people.
“Without the national government’s assistance, mahihirapan po kami. Maliit lang ang probinsya and we owe it to the national government na nakaya namin. At hanggang ngayon, ramdam pa rin namin ang mga tulong [Without the national government’s assistance, it would have been very difficult for us. We are just a small province and we owe it to the national government that we were able to make it. And until now, we can still feel the outpour of assistance to us],” Capiz Governor Esteban Evan Contreras said.
“Kami dito sa local government, hindi nakakalimot sa mga tulong ng administrasyong Duterte [Us, here in the local government, we never forget the assistance provided to us by the Duterte administration],” he added.