QUEZON CITY, June 6 (PIA) -- The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) organized the 6th virtual Town Hall meeting on COVID-19 dubbed "Leading Forward", on June 5 with guests from the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
The meeting was participated in by representatives from the youth sector, communication officers, frontliners and Local Government Units.
PCOO Secretary, Jose Ruperto Martin M. Andanar, in his opening remarks explained that the theme "Leading Forward" means a paradigm, a standard of conduct in thought and action against a horrific coronavirus or whatever else that threaten or may threaten our lives. It is a model in health and livelihood activities."
"Leading Forward is the standard of services mirrored in the works of dedicated public servants. Leading forward welcomes no in between, no shade of gray and no procrastination. Leading forward is duty above all else and especially, above one's self," he said.
He explained that "this is what the 6th COVID-19 Townhall Meeting is all about. An invitation to our youths and the leaders of our communities, including those who are living in the farthest from our centers of powers and privileged. It is through us that leading forward is demonstrated."
The Secretary also underscored the need to start accepting the changes that needs to be observed and practiced adding that "we are in the beginning of a new era, and we are in the state of reopening. Now, we enter a period of adjustments, which we have yet to accept. These premises compel that there is really no other way than to move forward."
As parting message, he added that, "you are the molders of the nation's dreams. You are mirrors that reflect honor, dignity and a comfortable for every Filipino, which the President has constantly spoken of, and strived to achieve. May this townhall meeting prepare us, as we take a leap into a new world, where the map of our lives is written through genuine leadership and service."
Assistant Secretary Ramon L. Cualoping III, chair of the STG Content and Distribution of the Interagency Task Force (IATF) explained that the series of townhall meetings are conducted to continuously engage the citizens, the youth, the frontliners and communication officers, especially now in this time of the pandemic."
"It is very important that we have a unified message, and a streamline communication platform to avoid fake news and disinformation. He added that, "fake news and disinformation only foster panic in people and this does not help in the goals of the government, " he said.
Guests DOH Director Beverly Ho discussed the recovery by way of containing the disease and back to workplace guidelines; DSWD Dir. Justine Batocabe discussed updates on the relief services of the said department; and Ms. Anna Mae Lamentillo from the DPWH, discussed construction site workplace guidelines and the infrastructure developments in the country.
Asec. Cualoping among others, also gave updates on the general community quarantine status of the country, including the distribution of Php1M pesos to the 32 families of health workers who died due to COVID-19 and the opening of three transportation routes June 5 (Route 1 - Monumento to Balagtas, Bulacan; Route 17 - EDSA to Montalban, Rizal; Route 18 - NAIA loop, and three routes, on June 6 (Monumento - Valenzuela Gateway Complex; Route 11 - Gilmore to Taytay; Route 21 - Monumento to San Jose Del Monte (VQR/PIA-IDPD/)