Aquino is just a tweet/SMS/ PM/chat away

Aquino is just a tweet/SMS/ PM/chat away
By TJ Burgonio
Philippine Daily Inquirer

WANT TO SEND President Aquino a message of concern, a suggestion, or a quick note to say hi?

Just tweet it.

The Presidential Communications Group will set up Twitter and Facebook accounts to receive and respond—in real time—to feedback from the people, an official said yesterday.

Of course, the group, which will take over the job of the Press Secretary, will still receive feedback by text, or through TV, radio or newspapers.

“We will have a website. We will set up Facebook and Twitter accounts. Of course, we will set up a system to receive SMS (short message service). We will harness all channels of communication—both traditional and nontraditional media—to ensure an active flow of information,” Communications Group member Herminio “Sonny” Coloma said in a forum over government-run dzRB.

The bottom line is for the government to come up with quick solutions and respond promptly to concerns, he added.

2-way communication

Mr. Aquino has organized the Communications Group to take the place of the Press Secretary with two main functions: Articulate his policies and respond to feedback from the public.

He had envisioned the group to mount a “21st century” version of late populist President Ramon Magsaysay’s interaction with Filipinos in the ’50s.

The group has yet to hit the ground as Mr. Aquino has not issued the executive order spelling out its functions, composition and structure.

Coloma, a former BusinessWorld columnist, being tapped to handle the group’s media operations, gave the press a glimpse of the Communications Group’s work.

“The two-way communication will prevail… not just one coming from the President or Malacañang. We will seek to get inputs, opinions and suggestions from the people so they will become active participants in governance,” he said.

This, he said, was in contrast to the traditional job of the Press Secretary who would face the press or issue statements on behalf of the President.

OPS will not be dissolved

While Coloma would handle the media operations, former ANC news anchor Ricky Carandang would be in charge of communications or “messaging,” Malacañang sources had said.

The entry of the Communications Group would lead to changes in the organizational units, but would not lead to the dissolution of the Office of the Press Secretary.

“This is not going to be abolished,” Coloma said.

The Philippine Information Agency and government-run TV networks NBN 4, IBC 13, and RPN 9, and radio dzRB (Radyo ng Bayan) would be operating under the Communications Group.

BSAIII action plan on corruption

A Social Contract with the Filipino People

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Action Plan on Corruption

Corruption is the main cause of poverty in the country and the reason why Filipinos have lost trust in government. Noynoy Aquino believes that corruption is not part of our culture and that Filipinos are honest, decent, fair and hardworking. Honest and competent public officers and a professional and accountable civil service supported by active people’s participation will remove corruption and restore trust in government.

As President, Noynoy Aquino will lead the fight against corruption and restore trust in government.

  • Noynoy Aquino will appoint public officials based on their integrity, qualifications and performance record and will hold them accountable to the highest ethical standards of public office.
    • As required by law, all Department Secretaries, Heads of Agencies, and senior officials from Director to Undersecretaries will be required to have their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) available and accessible to the public.
  • An Aquino Administration will ensure transparency and citizen’s participation in crafting and implementing laws, rules and regulations and in monitoring the programs, projects and transactions of government.
    • Uphold the people’s right to information on matters of public concern and support the enactment of the Freedom of Information Bill in Congress.
    • To enable citizens to help stop corruption, information about the government’s budget shall be organized, packaged and distributed to the media regularly and posted in the internet so the public may know, understand and monitor how their money is spent.
    • Strengthen people’s participation with simple and clear procedures for citizens to monitor all government projects and report their feedback through accessible means.
  • Strengthening the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Office of the Ombudsman will be a top priority in the campaign against corruption. We will fully implement the recently passed Prosecution Service Act in order to strengthen the national prosecution service, attract qualified lawyers, and institutionalize a more effective witness protection program while improving training and equipment.
  • Ensure the independence of the Office of the Ombudsman by appointing a competent and credible Ombudsman who will be true to the mandate of the office and will pursue unresolved cases of corruption and human rights abuses committed by public officers.
  • An Aquino Administration will put into place a “zero-based” budgeting system to enhance transparency and improve efficiency.
    • Budget allocations for the different agencies of government will be shaped by their performance and their compliance with the reports of the Commission on Audit (COA).
  • Noynoy Aquino respects the professional bureaucracy and will establish ways to motivate and energize the professional bureaucracy.
    • Qualification standards, especially on eligibility, will be strictly followed, and at least half of the positions of Undersecretaries and Assistant Secretaries will be filled by honest and competent career civil servants to ensure continuity and sustainability of effective policies and programs.
    • Government offices will be streamlined and rationalized so that agencies have clear cut and distinct mandates in order to spur greater efficiency and accountability.
    • Performances of government agencies and civil servants will be evaluated rationally and systematically through an effective and measurable performance management system to be approved by the Civil Service Commission (CSC).
    • The Civil Service Commission (CSC) Performance Management System-Office Performance Evaluation System (PMS-OPES) will be linked with the DBM Organizational Performance Indicator Framework (OPIF) to ensure accountability of government agencies and officials.
    • Review the mandates and performance of government agencies and Government Owned or Controlled Corporations (GOCCs).

[Archived from the official campaign web site of President Benigno S. “Noynoy” Aquino III]