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Overworked Communications Usec. Badoy defends PCOO after recent blunders

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The Philippine Communications Operations Office has vowed to review its editing process amid the recent blunder it committed that earned the ire of the public.

This assurance came from Communications Usec. Lorraine Badoy, who said that the PCOO is taking their recent mistakes seriously.

According to Badoy, their editing process is already very strict, but they still fail to spot some errors due to being overworked by the numerous activities and programs being performed by President Rodrigo Duterte, which needs to be monitored by the PCOO.

However, the Communications office admits that they shouldn’t be making excuses for their recent mistakes.

The truth is this President kasi ang sipag nito talaga so ang dami-daming lakad at ang daming nangyayaring maganda sa ating bansa. It is the usual, the way it is in government, we are overworked and underpaid. Of course, it is not an excuse,” Badoy said during DZRH’s One On One.

Badoy also claimed that other news outlets have made similar errors but only the PCOO is being criticized by the public.

Other news agencies did the same thing, it is not just us. Pero siyempre kami yung PCOO,” Badoy said.

Last June 23, the PCOO was once again criticized by the public after Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian called the attention of the communications agency due to a June 13 article in which he was named as Sen. ‘Winston’ Gatchalian.

The PCOO has already issued an apology and corrected the article, but Gatchalian warned that the budget of the communications agency might be affected if it will continue to make mistakes, a development which Badoy hopes will not happen.

The role of communications cannot be underscored in rebuilding our nation. It is very essential. I hope something like this does not stop the senator from forwarding our government communication system,” Badoy said.

The Communication undersecretary explained that, under the supervision of  Communications Sec. Martin Andanar, and the President, the PCOO has ‘strengthened the government communication system in ways that previous administration has not done’, and is now world class.

We are moving with the 21st century, and given almost the same budget,” Badoy added.

Prior their mistake with the name of Gatchalian, the PCOO was also criticized for saying that the full name of the late National Security Adviser Jose Roilo Golez is Rogelio Golez, and for posting that outgoing Norwegian Ambassador to the Philippines Erik Forner, is the representative from the country Norwegia, instead of the Kingdom of Norway.

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