Presidential Communications Group defends Philippine News Agency over issues of blunders, fake news

UNTV News   •   September 20, 2017   •   4052

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar

MANILA, Philippines — The Presidential Communications Group (PCG) stood in defense of the state news agency over issues of blunders and fake news.

In the Senate hearing on Wednesday, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar detailed justifications for their budget request of P1.35-billion.

Andanar said they will use part of it, specifically P245-million for media literacy programs that will prevent the agency from committing previous blunders and fake news.

The mistake in particular refers to the recent post on Philippine News Agency’s (PNA) official website that went viral such as placing the wrong the logo for the Labor Department.

According to Undersecretary Joel Egco who is now in-charge of the PNA said, they are now investigating three senior officials of the agency regarding the incident.

“The server is down and we have ordered investigation to our IT [personnel]. Then they found someone with a particular IP address who attempted to hack our system,” Egco said.

Meanwhile, Senator JV Ejercito said they still want to give the PCG a chance to execute its planned reforms, hoping to improve its services.

“They represent the President of the republic. They represent the government so the blunders are unacceptable,” Ejercito said.  – Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News and Rescue

293 passengers stranded in Bicol ports due to Typhoon ‘Ambo’

Robie de Guzman   •   May 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Thursday reported that hundreds of passengers are currently stranded at various ports in Bicol due to the onslaught of Typhoon Ambo.

The PCG said that as of 12 p.m. on May 14, a total of 293 cargo drivers and helpers are stranded in ports after the typhoon forced the suspension of sea trips.

The operation of 133 rolling cargoes and five cargo vessels are also temporarily suspended, while 17 vessels and two motorbancas are taking shelter in the region.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported that Typhoon ‘Ambo’ has made a landfall in San Policarpio, Eastern Samar at around 12:15 p.m.

The state weather bureau said the typhoon is expected to bring heavy to torrential rains and violent winds over parts of Samar, and northern and eastern Samar.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 3 has been raised in the following areas in Bicol and Visayas areas:

  • Sorsogon
  • Albay
  • Ticao Island
  • Northern Samar
  • The northern portion of Eastern Samar (Jipapad, Arteche, Maslog, Dolores, Oras, San Policarpio, Canavid, Taft, Sulat, San Julian, Borongan City, Maydolon)
  • The northern portion of Samar (Calbayog City, Sta. Margarita, Gandara, Pagsanghan,San Jorge, Matuguinao, San Jose de Buan, Catbalogan, Jiabong, Motiong, Paranas, Tarangnan, San Sebastian, Hinabangan)

TCWS No. 2, meanwhile, was hoisted over:

  • Southern portion of Quezon (Pagbilao, Atimonan, Padre Burgos, Plaridel, Agdangan, Unisan, Gumaca, Pitogo, Macalelon, Lopez, Caluag, General Luna, Catanauan, Perez, Alabat, Quezon, Tagkawayan, Guinayangan, Buenavista, San Narciso, Mulanay, San Andres, San Francisco),
  • Camarines Norte
  • Camarines Sur
  • Catanduanes
  • Burias Island
  • mainland Masbate
  • Marinduque
  • Biliran
  • The rest of Samar
  • The rest of Eastern Samar

Those under Signal No. 1 are:

  • Aurora
  • the southern portion of Nueva Ecija (General Mamerto Natividad, Palayan City, Cabanatuan, Santa Rosa, Jaen, San Isidro, San Antonio, Cabiao, Bongabon, Gabaldon, General Tinio, Laur, San Leonardo, Peñaranda, Gapan City)
  • Bulacan
  • Metro Manila
  • Cavite
  • Laguna
  • Batangas
  • Rizal
  • The rest of Quezon
  • Romblon
  • Bataan
  • Pampanga
  • Northern portion of Leyte (Calubian, San Isidro, Tabango, Villaba, Leyte, Kananga, Capoocan, Carigara, Barugo, San Miguel, Babatngon, Tunga, Jaro, Alangalang, Sta. Fe, Tacloban City, Palo, Pastrana, Dagami, Tabontabon, Tanauan, Tolosa, Ormoc City, Matag-ob, Palompon, Merida, Isabel, Albuera, Burauen, Julita, Dulag)

PAGASA advised residents in affected areas to take appropriate measures as incidents of flooding and rain-induced landslides are possible during heavy or prolonged rainfall.

The PCG earlier announced the cancellation of cargo vessel and fishing boat operations due to the effects of Typhoon Ambo.

It also advised its Districts and Stations across the country to prepare their personnel and assets to respond on emergency situations and to coordinate with their respective Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) for possible rescue operations and other related activities.

“Maritime activities will resume when the weather condition becomes normal, as may be declared by PAGASA,” the PCG said.

PCG to deploy 52 medical technologists to assist in OFW COVID-19 testing, quarantine

Robie de Guzman   •   April 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – More registered medical technologists are set to be deployed to assist in a one-stop shop and facilities catering to overseas Filipino workers undergoing quarantine against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said on Thursday.

In a statement, the PCG said 52 newly-hired registered medical technologists have taken their oath to serve the public on Thursday, April 30.

“Magandang Balita: Hindi lang 30, kundi 52 registered medical technologists ang nanumpa na maglilingkod sa bayan bilang bahagi ng Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) ngayong hapon, ika-30 ng Abril 2020,” the agency said.

The PCG earlier announced it was in need of 30 registered medical technologists to augment the capacity of the organization’s medical service workforce amid the COVID-19 crisis.

“Ang mga frontline medical workers na ito na may ranggong ‘probationary ensign’ ay agarang i-de-deploy sa One-Stop Shop sa NAIA Terminal 1 at 2, gayunrin sa quarantine ships at COVID-19 treatment facility sa Pier 15, Port Area, Manila,” the PCG said.

In an earlier advisory, the agency said the newly-recruited workers will be tasked to assist repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who will have to undergo the mandatory 14-day facility-based quarantine against coronavirus disease.

They will assist in taking COVID-19 rapid blood tests of returning OFWs upon arrival.

Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Joel Garcia called on the new PCG members to serve with all their heart and courage as the country needs their skills to help combat the COVID-19 threat.

PCG distributes meals to children, cares for stray animals amid ECQ

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 17, 2020

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is dong its part to help citizens as well as animals amid the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Several personnel of PCG Station – Surigao del Sur donated a portion of their income to prepare and distribute meals to children residing in Barangay Labisma, Bislig City on April 15.

Meanwhile, PCG’s K9 Force cares for the stray animals across the country during the ECQ. The team provided food and water to stray animals in areas including Davao City, Manila, and Ormoc City.

“Hindi po magsasawa ang PCG K9 Force sa pangangalaga sa mga stray animals saan man sa bansa sa kasagsagan COVID-19 pandemic, (The PCG K9 Force will not get tired of caring for stray animals anywhere in the country during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic),” the PCG said. AAC


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