Presidential Communications Group (Philippines)

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Presidential Communications Group
Agency overview
Headquarters 3rd Floor, New Executive Building, Malacañan Palace, Manila
Annual budget 1.3 billion (2013)[1]
Agency executives

The Presidential Communications Group or simply the Communications Group, is a collective name for the newly formed offices within the Office of the President of the Philippines and refers to the following positions and offices: the Presidential Spokesman, the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office, and the Presidential Communications Operations Office (formerly the Office of the Press Secretary). The Communications Group is primarily responsible for planning, programming, and coordinating the activities that will most effectively collect information about what is happening in the Executive branch of the government, and getting this information to the media. The Group's other role is to help Filipinos understand government policies and programs, and to shore up support for them.

Presidential Spokesman[edit]

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The Presidential Spokesman speaks in behalf of the President on matters of public interest, among other things. Considering the restricted level of access that the media has to the Chief Executive, the Spokesman is expected to be the primary source of presidential directives in the absence of the President of the Philippines.

The Presidential Spokesman is not subject to confirmation by the Commission on Appointments, and does not have any specific item or plantilla[clarification needed] in government.[6]

Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office[edit]


The Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) ensures that all aspects of communications are covered, to ensure that the administration’s message has been delivered successfully. This includes market research and polling. It devises the communications strategy to promote the President’s agenda throughout all media, and among the many publics with which the administration interacts. This can include, but is not limited to, the State of the Nation address, televised press conferences, statements to the press, and radio addresses. This office also works closely with cabinet-level departments and other executive agencies, in order to create a coherent strategy through which the president’s message can be disseminated.[7]

The PCDSPO is headed by the PCDSPO Head, with Cabinet rank. He is supported by a Deputy of Undersecretary rank, a Chief of Staff, an Assistant Secretary for Messaging, and an Electronic Data Processing Division Chief.[8]

The PCDSPO is composed of the following units and agencies:

  • Presidential Message Staff;
  • The OP Correspondence Office, (previously placed under the Office of the Communications Director from the Presidential Management Staff per E.O. No. 348, 11 August 2004)
  • Media Research and Development Staff[9]
  • The Presidential Museum and Library
  • The Official Gazette
  • The Speech Writers Group (previously placed under the Office of the Communications Director from the Presidential Management Staff[10])

Presidential Communications Operations Office[edit]


The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) is in charge of disseminating the government’s message to private media entities. It exercises supervision and control over state-owned media entities, to ensure the proper and effective dissemination of the official messages in accordance with the Communications Plan. It is responsible for the accreditation and authentication of the credentials of foreign media correspondents, in line with its primary task to cultivate relations and provide the necessary assistance to private media entities.[11]

The PCOO is headed by the PCOO Head with Cabinet rank. He is assisted by an Undersecretary for Administration and Finance, an Undersecretary for Operations, a Chief of Staff, an Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, and an Electronic Data Processing Division Chief.[12]

The PCOO is composed of the following units and agencies:

Units Under the Presidential Communications Operations Office[edit]

Presidential News Desk[edit]

The Presidential News Desk (PND) functions as the newsroom of Malacañang. It gathers and disseminates information, such as press and photograph releases, and official statements from the Palace, on a daily basis.

The PND operates from Sundays to Saturdays, 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM. It is headed by a chief editor and is composed of a managing editor, deskmen, and reporters. Other units, which support the PND are Electronic Data Processing, Transcription and Monitoring, and Photographs.

The PND was conceived by Francisco Tatad, who was the Press Secretary to President Ferdinand Marcos. It was called the Central Desk and was located in the Mabini Building. During the administration of President Corazon C. Aquino, Press Secretary Benigno Teodoro relegated the Central Desk, which became the News and Reportorial Section, as a section of the Presidential Press Staff. Under the Ramos administration, Press Secretary Rodolfo Reyes strengthened presidential coverage and set up the PND.

Philippine Information Agency[edit]

The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) was the product of an Executive Order[13] that abolished the Marcos-era Office of Media Affairs-National Media Production Center.

The PIA is organized into 11 divisions, 15 regional information offices, 74 provincial information centers, 911 community development information centers (CDIC).

Its subordinate units include the:

  • Motion Pictures Division/Film Laboratory,
  • Public Opinion Polls Division,
  • Media Studies Division,
  • Media Infrastructure Division,
  • Human Resources Development Division.

Bureau of Communication Services[edit]

The Bureau of Communication Services is the attached agency of the PCOO that is tasked to provide materials and services related to various functions of the Presidency, PCOO and the general public.

It also produces information materials for state events such as the anniversary of the People Power Revolution, Araw ng Kalayaan celebrations, and others. Director IV John S. Manalili is the Bureau's current director.

Presidential Broadcast Staff - Radio TV Malacañang[edit]

Created[14] by President Corazon C. Aquino, the Presidential Broadcast Staff - Radio Television Malacañang is tasked to provide the necessary media services, video and audio, to the incumbent President, to document all official engagements and to make available to the public accurate and relevant information on the activities, programs and pronouncements of the national leadership.

The agency is involved in television coverage and documentation, news and public affairs syndication of all the activities of the President, either live or delayed telecast through government or private collaborating networks.

Television and radio networks (Media ng Bayan)[edit]

There are two government-run television networks, which are the People's Television Network (PTV-4), the Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC-13), and the Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS) constitute the government radio network.

IBC-13 and RPN-9 were sequestered[clarification needed] by the government after the fall of the Marcos dictatorship. However, plans are being made to privatize IBC-13 and RPN-9 within two years to raise money. According to the 2009 report of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), IBC-13 is valued at PHP 3.074 billion while RPN-9 is valued at PHP 1.3 billion.[15][16]

Primetime sports programming business (AKTV on IBC)[edit]

On June 5, 2011, TV5's sports division Sports5 have entered a blocktime agreement with the government-run television network IBC to air live coverage via sports under the programming block AKTV. AKTV on IBC was discontinued on May 31, 2013 due to high blocktime costs and low ratings, replaced by Asian Television Content Corporation under the ATC @ IBC primetime block starting June 2, 2014.

National Printing Office[edit]

The National Printing Office (NPO) was established by Executive Order.[17] Executive Order 285 abolished the General Services Administration and transferred its functions to other agencies. Its Government Printing Offices were merged with the printing units of the PIA. The NPO is mandated by Executive Order 285 to print forms, official ballots, public documents, and public information materials.

News and Information Bureau[edit]

The News and Information Bureau's main aim is to provide services relating to the development and formulation of a domestic and foreign information program for the Government in general, and the Presidency in particular, including the development of strategies for the dissemination of information on specific government programs. It is composed of the following divisions:

  • Finance and Administrative Division
  • Presidential Press Staff
  • Media Accreditation and Relations Division/International Press Center
  • Philippines News Agency

OP Web Development Office[edit]

The OP Web Development Office or commonly referred to as the President's New Media Team is responsible for the establishment and management of the President's Official Website and Official Presence on Social Networking Channels such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. It is also partly responsible for the feedback mechanism of the President wherein it receives the comments, concerns and suggestions through the Contact Us section of the President's website. It is also responsible for the President's Social Media engagement and in maximizing the use of new technologies to further the President's agenda, policies and programs.


  1. ^ "Summary of Allocations | Budget ng Bayan". Budget ng Bayan. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
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  9. ^ created by E.O. No. 297, 25 July 1987, from the Office of the Press Secretary
  10. ^ per E.O. No. 348, 11 August 2004
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  13. ^ No. 100, which was promulgated on December 24, 1986
  14. ^ under Executive Order No. 297 on July 25, 1987
  15. ^ Marcos bucks plan to sell 2 TV networks 2010-08-10. Retrieved 2010-08-10.
  16. ^ PCGG urges gov’t to fast-track sale of RPN-9, IBC-13 2010-08-10. Retrieved 2010-08-10.
  17. ^ No. 285 on July 25, 1987

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