Senate approves PCOO’s 2014 budget of P1.181-B

November 22, 2013 10:31 am 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Nov. 21 (PNA) — The Senate approved on Thursday the Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO) 2014 budget proposal of P1.181 billion.

With only one interpolation from Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, the budget, which was 99.9 percent lower than last year’s budget of P131.119 million, was quickly approved.

PCOO Secretary Herminio "Sonny" Coloma, during the presentation of budget to the Senate Finance Committee last Sept 4, explained that the budget decreased because the National Printing Office (NPO) — a unit of PCOO — will only be given half of what it needed for the year since it will still be able to earn from revenues.

Attached agencies under PCOO are the PCOO proper, Bureau of Broadcast Services (BBS), Bureau of Communication Services (BCS), National Printing Office (NPO), News and Information Bureau (NIB), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Radio TV Malacanang (RTVM), and People’s Television Network Inc. (PTV).

Coloma, in an interview, assured that the PCOO would do its best to carry out the goal of the agency under the budget they were provided with.

Among the priorities the PCOO will be allotting for is the creation of 15 operation centers since the PCOO has no regional and field offices of its own, Coloma explained.

“If we create this we will be able to integrate all organizations of PCOO in one area like People’s Television, Radyo ng Bayan, Philippine Information Agency and the Philippine News Agency,” Coloma said.

During the budget hearing on PCOO, two senators mentioned that they preferred Coloma as Presidential Spokesperson compared to previous ones.

Sen. Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero said that Coloma had a “sobering, rational voice” that was fit for TV, especially in press conferences conducted regarding updates on typhoon ‘Yolanda’ relief operations.

Meanwhile, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada described Coloma’s speech as "mahinahon" (calm). (PNA)



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