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Next PCOO chief to push blogger accreditation

The incoming administration will accredit bloggers, particularly for President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s briefings, incoming press secretary and vlogger Rose Beatrix “Trixie” Cruz-Angeles said yesterday.

The Malacañang Press Corps (MPC), which is made up of mainstream media representatives covering activities and events the president has attended, said it was postponing any comment on the matter “until the details of the proposed policy be set by the new PCOO (Presidential Office of Communications Operations Executive).

Cruz-Angeles, who will lead the PCOO, said during the “Laging Handa” briefing, “We are pushing for the accreditation of bloggers to invite to some of the briefings, especially those led by the president-elect… We are also looking for to things like opening up the discourse and looking at the misinformation issues that seem to be a hot topic these days,” she said.

The PCOO under the current Duterte administration issued an accreditation guideline for bloggers/vloggers and social media personalities who wish to cover presidential events and briefings, but officials said it had not accredited anyone. so far. In August 2016, however, bloggers were among those accredited to cover the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ministerial meeting, hosted by the Philippines.

PCOO Under-Secretary and Acting Deputy Spokesperson Kris Ablan said the social media accreditation policy remains active.

According to PCOO guidelines, bloggers and social media practitioners authorized to cover events the president attends must be Filipino citizens, at least 18 years of age, and must have at least 5,000 followers on their media platforms. social. Accreditation is per event.

Marcos, who won more than 31 million votes in the election, had been active on social media during the campaign and even had his weekly Facebook vlog which included his campaign activities and promises, among other things.

When asked if in-person coverage of presidential briefings and events by reporters would be permitted, Cruz-Angeles said the existing policy would be reviewed to “determine, make a decision later as to their suitability for the terms of office.” current”.

Cruz-Angeles said that as head of the PCOO, she will also review projects on hold and “decide later whether to prioritize them or possibly put them on the back burner.”

“Wala pa po kaming decisions on stays and those who leave (we don’t have a decision on stays and who leaves yet),” she added.


The Philippine Medical Association yesterday urged Marcos to appoint Dr. Ted Herbosa, special adviser to the national COVID-19 task force, as health secretary.

In a three-page letter, the PMA noted Herbosa’s extensive experience as a public servant in the health sector.

“Allow us to endorse Dr. Teodoro Javier Herbosa, a life member of the PMA, with extensive experience and expertise in health care systems, public health, hospital administration, trauma surgery, emergency and disaster medicine… would therefore be an ideal leader for the implementation of your administration’s health reforms,” the PMA said.

The PMA said Herbosa, as undersecretary of health from 2010 to 2015, was involved in modernizing hospitals nationwide and launching the universal healthcare agenda.

Herbosa also served as Executive Vice President of the University of the Philippines from 2017 to 2021. He is currently Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine and Trauma Surgery at UP College of Medicine and UP General Hospital. Philippines.

The PMA is the internationally recognized National Medical Association of the Philippines and the Accredited Professional Organization of Physicians by the Professional Regulation Commission.

It is made up of 119 component medical societies, 75 specialized and superspecialized societies and 45 affiliated societies.

The medical group is estimated to have 80,000 members nationwide.
Earlier reports emerged that infectious disease specialist Dr Edsel Salvana was among those

to be considered the next health secretary
Senator Imee Marcos said yesterday that their family is not ruling out the possibility of her brother working with Vice President Leni Robredo.

“Anything is possible… yun ang sinasabi ng nanay ko – walang masamang tinapay, baka maging kaalyado mo pa. (this is what our mother [former First Lady Imelda Marcos] said – there is no bad blood and maybe [political opponents] can be your allies). I think that’s what we have to do,” Marcos said.

Robredo has been Marcos’ rival since 2016 when they ran for vice president.
Senator Marcos earlier suggested to her brother that they form a “team of rivals” where Marcos Jr. could bring in individuals from rival political parties to serve on his cabinet.

She said that’s what she told her brother.

“We discussed that it should be ‘UniTeam’ and I came up with this nickname UniTeam for the campaign… But it’s not just a slogan, it’s a real government platform. It is a real program of management and action. It is therefore important that we continue with the team of rivals in the classic and revered manner of the late great President Abraham Lincoln, inviting all his rivals to the Cabinet,” she said.

She said inviting rivals into her brother’s cabinet was a way to move forward and put aside “all recriminations and bitterness” by choosing the “best and brightest” for the cabinet. good of the country.

“We are starting on an equal footing, accepting all Filipinos who are ready to serve and able to give their best to our country. So this is a second chance for the Philippines,” he said. -she adds.


Cruz-Angeles confirmed that names were being offered as part of the Marcos cabinet, but said there was no decision yet.

They are the representative of the Sagip party, Rodante Marcoleta, the former presidential spokesman and press attaché Rigoberto Tiglao, and the lawyer Karen Jimeno.

“We can confirm that these names are under discussion, but there is no decision on this at this time,” she said.

She said there would be announcements soon, but she doesn’t know when and who are involved or what positions.

Among the latest appointments is outgoing tourism chief Bernadette Romula-Puyat, who has been named one of the deputy governors of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. The other deputies are Francisco Dakila Jr., for monetary and economic policy; Chuchi Fonacier, financial supervision; Mamerto Tangonan, payment and currency management; and Eduardo Bobier, corporate services.

Puyat, who holds a bachelor’s degree in economics (cum laude) from the University of the Philippines, will fill the seat vacated by Felipe Medalla, who will fill the unexpired term of Benjamin Diokno, who will be the finance secretary for the next administration.

Christina Garcia Frasco, mayor of Liloan, will replace Puyat at the Ministry of Tourism.
Marcos has yet to fill the portfolios of agriculture, land reform, energy, environment, foreign affairs, health, higher education, national defense, science and technology and transport, among others.

According to reports, Marcoleta is being considered for the energy portfolio while Tiglao and Jimeno are wanted for the post of presidential spokesperson.

During the campaign, Marcos said he was not keen on naming a spokesperson because he is accessible to the media. Marcos’ new executive secretary Vic Rodriguez and Cruz-Angeles, in recent interviews, said the president-elect still isn’t keen on having a spokesperson.

Cruz-Angeles said the other day that Marcos would hold press briefings himself if he felt it necessary to clarify or resolve some issues himself.


Frasco, in an interview with CNN Philippines yesterday, said she plans to boost the tourism potential of lesser-known tourist destinations, including those in the north of the country, through better promotion of their products, culture and their heritage.

She said she was inspired by Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia’s “Suros-Suroy” tourism program, her mother, but would consult with Marcos on tourism branding and directions he wants to pursue. .

Frasco said she would also push for “social protection” for tourism pioneers like hotel and resort employees and tour guides, among others, through financial and livelihood assistance once they get there. she will take office.

“I also realized, from a local government perspective, how important it is to be inclusive when it comes to tourism development. In Cebu, we had very close coordination between provincial and local governments, in terms of guiding tourism policies and programs,” she said.


At the Kapihan sa Manila Bay forum yesterday, new social welfare secretary Erwin Tulfo said he planned to bring with him former journalists Sally Navarro as undersecretary in the secretary’s office and Jerico Javier as Under-Secretary for Operations.

He said he has worked with the two for more than two years now and they have been with him during his public service and relief distribution activities. They know the ins and outs of relief distribution, he added.

He also stated that he did not want to bring many people to DSWD, preferring to exploit and promote those who had long worked for the agency.

Tulfo reiterated that he wants to be a public servant who is “on the ground”, especially during calamities and that he wants his regional and provincial directors to be the same.

Tulfo said his marching orders include scanning records and listing recipients of the department’s social services and financial assistance programs to avoid delivery delays.

Tulfo said he also wanted to push for an increase in the P500 Disabled Persons (PWD) pension and welcomes the passage of legislation to raise the old people’s pension to P1,000 from P500.


Yesterday, the office of Vice President-elect and incoming Secretary of Education Sara Duterte-Carpio warned the public about people claiming to be her representatives and collecting advances on Department of Education projects ( DepEd).

“The new Education Secretary has not and will never appoint anyone to speak or negotiate with contractors and suppliers to engage in corrupt activities – tarnishing her reputation and tarnishing the image of the whole of DepEd and thousands of people working hard under the organization,” said Frasco who is the spokesperson for Duterte-Carpio.

She said contractors, suppliers and the public are urged to exercise caution when dealing with individuals or groups claiming to represent Duterte-Carpio and the public is urged to report any suspicious activity regarding the DepEd. to the authorities. – With Gérard Naval, Raymond Africa and Jimmy Calapati