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Martin Andanar asked about possible Mocha show on PTV-4

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Will Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson get her own TV show soon?

Martin Andanar (mb.com.ph)

Martin Andanar

Asked about it in a recent lunch interview, PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar simply said, “Hindi pa kami nag-u-usap ni Mocha (about it).”

Mocha’s name was brought up when Martin mentioned the government will have an emergency broadcast station, and that they’ve already signed a digital terrestrial for government-owned network, PTV.

“This is going to be historic kasi ngayon lang magiging digital ang government channel,” he enthused. “Maraming naka-lineup (na show sa network). In fact, we just re-launched the news cast with Erwin Tulfo. We are going to launch a few more public affairs show. One is a public affairs show about the ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ of OFWs and a public affair show about drugs.”

Martin and Mocha both have entertainment connections. He used to be a broadcaster on TV5 while she was a performer with a girl group.
The two co-host “DDS Podcast,” a weekly radio program on the engagements of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Note that the question about Mocha having a TV show of her own was thrown at Martin days before the Senate hearing on fake news that she attended mid this week.

What Martin categorically said is that despite raising the eyebrows of several people over her actions and pronouncements on certain issues, Mocha continues to have the President’s “full trust.”

Martin himself thinks Uson is effective in her government post.

“Merong mga nagagalit sa kanya, meron din namang pumupuri sa kanya. But I believe that it’s a matter of context, talagang may mga pagkakaiba (ng opinyon),” he noted.

Achievement, plans

Prompted to enumerate some of his accomplishments, a year after the President appointed him, Martin’s face lit up.

These include launching the first-ever Muslim channel, as well as rebranding 104.3 FM as FM2, a station that utilizes music from the ’80s and ’90s era.

The secretary revealed they will soon launch 87.5 FM as FM1.

In line with plans to further the effective dissemination of information, Martin said he already started building Provincial Communications Staff, a network of information officers in every municipality around the country.

“What is important is to deliver the message of the government to the people. We don’t only rely on television, radio, online, and newspaper but we need to have a strong network of communicators who can bring the message to many Filipinos,” he explained.

“We are building this network, we go to the provinces and we look for the governor or the mayor. ’Yung iba (province) kasi may Information Officers na, so I get their e-mails, I get their contacts para all the messages coming from the palace, ididirekta ko na sa kanila. So they don’t have to wait anymore for the mass media to bring it down.”

Among provinces he already visited for this are Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Norte, Saranggani, General Santos, Cordillera, Pangasinan, Batangas, Dumaguete and Siquijor.

Mocha Uson (mb.com.ph)

Mocha Uson

He encourages local governments to set-up their own Public Information Office (PIO).

“Because it will be good for them. For instance, if there’s mala-Yolanda na typhoon, bumagyo at inararo ang buong bayan but they don’t have communicators. They don’t know how to deal with. They don’t have emergency communication skills. So mahirap talaga,” he said.
Martin also revealed they will have an Information Conference in Davao February next year.

A day in the life of Martin

Asked about his typical day schedule, Martin said he usually wakes up at 5 a.m. to answer phone calls and do radio interviews.

“By 9 a.m, may appointment na ako somewhere. If the president is here in Manila, I usually dedicate my time to his activities,” he noted. “As member of the cabinet, maraming invitation ang Presidente na hindi niya mapuntahan, so I have to substitute for him. There’s also invitation na they just go directly to me.”

Martin described President Duterte as a very sincere, competent and patriotic person.

“He just wants the best for this country,” he said. “He wants this country to move forward.”

Busy as he is, does he still have time for personal matters?

“If I go home by 9 p.m., I go around and walk. I talk to my son, I talk my daughter,” he said.

Will he return to broadcasting once his term as PCOO Secretary ends? Or maybe join politics?

“Mas gusto ko na magturo na lang sa mga public school, mag-mentor ng mga estudyante sa Siargao,” he said, then added with a grin, “Tapos magsu-surfing na lang ako.” (With report from Jojo P. Panaligan)

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