Legal Basis:
Office of the President of the Philippines
Malacañang

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 4

REORGANIZING AND RENAMING THE OFFICE OF THE PRESS SECRETARY AS THE PRESIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS OPERATIONS OFFICE; CREATING THE PRESIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENT AND STRATEGIC PLANNING OFFICE; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

WHEREAS, it is the avowed policy of this administration to ensure transparency and full and appropriate disclosure of policies, programs, official activities, and achievements of the Office of the President and Executive Branch which are of public concern;

WHEREAS, the task of informing and communicating to the Filipino people the policies, programs, official activities, and achievements of the Office of the President and the Executive Branch presently involves, aside from the Office of the Press Secretary, several offices and agencies, the functions of some of which overlap;

WHEREAS, there is a vital need to re-organize and effect functional changes within the Office of the Press Secretary and create an office to systemize, rationalize and complement the existing structure to achieve a more efficient and systematic interaction between the people, the Office of the President, and the Executive Branch;

WHEREAS, it is likewise imperative that government re-defines its efforts to integrate and harmonize its message conceptualization, formulation and development policies and programs in order to fully utilize the opportunities arising from the rapid development of existing and emerging media;

WHEREAS, under Section 31, Chapter 20, Title III, Book III of the Administrative Code of 1987, the President has the continuing authority to reorganize the administrative structure of the Office of the President.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby order:

SECTION 1. THE PRESIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS OPERATIONS OFFICE. The Office of the Press Secretary shall be reorganized and renamed as the Presidential Communications Operations Office which shall be headed by the Presidential Communications and Operations Head who shall have the rank of Cabinet Secretary with all the corresponding salaries, emoluments, and benefits.

SECTION 2. FUNCTIONS OF THE PRESIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS OPERATIONS OFFICE. The Presidential Communications Operations Office shall perform the following functions:

a. Develop and implement necessary guidelines and mechanisms pertaining to the delivery and dissemination of information relating to the policies, programs, official activities and achievements of the President and the Executive Branch;

b. Develop, manage and operate viable government-owned or controlled information dissemination structure / facilities to provide the Office of the President in particular, and the Executive Branch in general, access to the people as an alternative to the private mass media entities;

c. Set up and maintain local and international field offices, where necessary, to ensure that accurate information from the President and the Executive Branch is promptly and efficiently relayed, delivered and disseminated to intended target audiences;

d. Manage, control or supervise, as may be necessary, the various government agencies and offices involved in information gathering and dissemination;

e. Coordinate and cultivate relations with private media;

f. Manage and administer the OP Website and the Web Development Office;

g. Perform such other functions as the President may assign from time to time.

SECTION 3. OFFICE PROPER. The Presidential Communications Operations Office shall maintain such deputies and assistants as may be necessary to enable performance of its functions, including the following:

a. Undersecretary for Administration and Finance;

b. Undersecretary for Operations;

c. Chief of Staff,

d. Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs.

e. Electronic Data Processing Division Chief;

SECTION 4. AGENCIES, BUREAUS, AND OTHER OFFICES ATTACHED TO THE PRESIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS OPERATIONS OFFICE. The following agencies, bureaus, and offices shall be under the control and supervision of the Presidential Communications Operations Office:

a. News and Information Bureau;

b. Philippine News Agency;

c. Philippine Information Agency

d. Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) 13;

e. RPN 9;

f. NBN 4;

g. PBS-Radio-Television Malacanang

h. Bureau of Communications Services;

i. National Printing Office;

j. APO Production Unit; and

k. OP Web Development Office.

SECTION 5. CREATION OF THE PRESIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENT AND STRATEGIC PLANNING OFFICE. There is hereby established the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office.

SECTION 6. FUNCTIONS OF THE PRESIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENT AND STRATEGIC PLANNING OFFICE. The Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office shall perform the following functions:

a. Coordinate the crafting, formulation, development and enhancement of the messaging system under the Office of the President;

b. Design and recommend responses to issues that arise on a daily basis.

c. Ensure consistency in the messages issued by the Executive Department;

d. Assist in the formulation and implementation of new media strategies for the Office of the President;

e. Assist in research and development of new media instruments;

f. Liase with the Malacañang Records Office;

g. Control and supervise the conduct of market research, monitoring public opinion, and gathering, use and analysis of other relevant data as may be necessary;

h. Formulate editorial guidelines and policies for state media;

i. Ensure consistency in the implementation of the corporate identity of the Executive Department;

j. Act as custodian of the institutional memory of the Office of the President, which includes the supervision and control of the Presidential Museum and Library, and liaison with the Malacañang Records Office;

k. Perform editorial functions for the Official Gazette,

l. Perform such other functions as may be directed by the President.

SECTION 7. THE PRESIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENT AND STRATEGIC PLANNING OFFICE MANAGEMENT. The Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office shall be managed by the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Head who shall have the rank of Cabinet Secretary, with all the corresponding salaries, emoluments, and benefits.

The Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Head shall be assisted by a Deputy, who shall have the rank of Undersecretary, with all the corresponding salaries, emoluments, and benefits, and whose functions shall be assigned by the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Head.

The Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office shall likewise have such other support service offices as may be necessary to enable the performance of its functions, including the following:

a. Chief of Staff,

b. Assistant Secretary for Messaging.

c. Electronic Data Processing Division Chief;

SECTION 8. AGENCIES, BUREAUS, AND OTHER OFFICES ATTACHED TO THE PRESIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENT AND STRATEGIC PLANNING OFFICE. The following agencies, bureaus, and offices shall be attached to the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office.

a. Presidential Message Staff;

b. 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)

c. Media Research and Development Staff, (as created by E.O. No. 297, 25 July 1987, from the Office of the Press Secretary;)

d. Presidential Museum and Library

e. Official Gazette; and

f. Speech Writers Group (previously placed under the Office of the Communications Director from the Presidential Management Staff per E.O. No. 348, 11 August 2004)

SECTION 9. STAFFING REQUIREMENTS. The Presidential Communications Operations Office and the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office, in coordination with the Department of Budget and Management shall formulate and establish the organizational structure and staffing pattern of the affected offices under this Executive Order, composed of such administrative and technical personnel as may be deemed necessary to efficiently and effectively carry out the functions and duties prescribed herein, subject to the approval of the Department of Budget and Management, and the Office of the President, thru the Executive Secretary.

SECTION 10. APPROPRIATIONS. The budget of the offices herein reorganized and created shall be sourced from the remaining budget of the Office of the Press Secretary, and the Office of the President, as may be appropriate, for the current year, subject to existing and applicable laws, rules and regulations. The succeeding years’ appropriations for the said offices shall be prepared in accordance with regular government budget procedures.

SECTION 11. DISCHARGE OF FUNCTIONS. Except as may be required under this Executive Order, all covered officials, offices or agencies shall continue with the discharge of their respective functions and responsibilities as defined under existing law or issuances.

SECTION 12. IMPLEMENTING RULES. The Executive Secretary is hereby authorized to issue such rules and regulations as may be necessary to implement the provisions this Executive Order. He is also designated to determine the functional divisions of the offices, agencies, and bureaus herein mentioned all under the control and supervision of the Office of the President, thru the Executive Secretary.

SECTION 13. REPEALING CLAUSE. All orders, circulars, rules, regulations, and/ or issuance/s, or parts thereof, which are inconsistent with the provision of this Executive Order are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

SECTION 14. SEVERABILITY. If any provision of this Executive Order shall be held unconstitutional, the remainder not otherwise affected shall remain in full force and effect.

SECTION 12. EFFECTIVITY. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately.

DONE in the City of Manila, this 30th day of July, in the year of our Lord, Two Thousand and Ten.

                                                                               (Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
                                                                       President of the Philippines

By the President:

(Sgd.) PAQUITO N. OCHOA, JR.
            Executive Secretary

Executive Order No. 4 pdf file

MALACAÑANG

MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES

 EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 293

 STREAMLINING THE ORGANIZATIONAL AND FUNCTIONAL OPERATIONS OF THEAGENCIES ATTACHED TO THE OFFICE OF THE PRESS SECRETARY

 

WHEREAS, two important Cabinet workshops have been held to assess Government performance as well as the organizational strengths and weaknesses of each department in relation to present challenges and opportunities;

WHEREAS, a consensus was reached during these workshops that the accomplishments and performance of the President and the Government are not being proactively and adequately communicated to the people, thereby creating a gap between public perception and reality in the field;

WHEREAS, the task of informing and communicating is a responsibility of all departments, particularly in their respective jurisdictions, with the Office of the Press Secretary (OPS) acting as the lead agency in communicating the accomplishments, reports and activities of the Presidency and the Executive Branch;

WHEREAS, one of the actions taken as a result of the workshops is the promulgation of Memorandum Order No. 327 constituting Task Forces on Communicating National Reforms and Development;

WHEREAS, Memorandum Order No. 327 tasks the Press Secretary, among many others, to provide administrative and technical secretariat support as well as necessary media coordination for the above Task Forces;

WHEREAS, there is a need to streamline the present organizational and functional operations of all agencies attached to the Office of the Press Secretary to enable it to perform these crucial tasks more effectively and efficiently;

NOW, THEREFORE, I FIDEL V. RAMOS, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby order:

SECTION. 1. Coverage. The attached agencies covered by this Executive Order are as follows:

  1. Bureau of Broadcast Services
  2. News and Information Bureau, including the Philippine News Agency
  3. Bureau of Communication Services
  4. National Printing Office
  5. Philippine Information Agency
  6. RPN-9
  7. IBC-13
  8. PTNI or PTV-4
  9. Presidential Broadcast Staff (RTVM)
  10. OPS Proper

SEC.  2.  Streamlining. The Press Secretary shall exercise direct supervision and control over all OPS attached agencies in all matters relating to informing and communicating to the public the achievements, reports, programs and activities of the President and Government.

As such, the Press Secretary may:

a. Recruit the best and the brightest professionals to constitute the print, radio, and television composite team which will provide the technical support to and media coordination for the Task Forces and other media activities;

b. Direct bureau directors and network general managers as well as their key personnel to report to the OPS Proper as often as the Press Secretary deems necessary to discuss media policy guidelines which have to be carried out in support of the Presidency, the Executive Branch and the Government;

c. Recommend the employment and deployment of personnel in each agency in pursuance of the overall goal of mobilizing government instrumentalities towards one common direction in the attainment of our shared vision of “Philippines 2000!!!”; and

d. Organizationally and functionally streamline the operations of the agencies, effect economies of scale, and implement cost-cutting measures, where necessary, in the pursuance of greater productivity and coordination.

SEC. 3. Repealing Clause. Executive Order No. 297, series of 1987, and other rules and regulations or parts thereof which are inconsistent herewith are hereby modified accordingly.

SEC. 4. Effectivity Clause. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately.

APPROVED in the City of Manila, this 15th day of January in the year of Our Lord, Nineteen Hundred and Ninety Six.

                                                                   (Sgd.) FIDEL V. RAMOS
                                                             President of the Philippines

 

By the President:

(Sgd.) RUBEN D. TORRES
         Executive Secretary     

Executive Order No. 293 pdf file

MALACAÑANG
MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 297

REORGANIZATION OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESS SECRETARY PRESCRIBING ITS POWERS AND FUNCTIONS AND OTHER PURPOSES

WHEREAS, the reorganization of the government is mandated expressly in Article II, Section 1 (a), and Article III of the Freedom Constitution;

WHEREAS, pursuant to Executive Order No. 5 (1986), it is directed that necessary and proper changes in the organizational and functional structures of the government, its agencies and instrumentalities, be effected in order to promote efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of public services;

WHEREAS, there exists a vital need to create awareness and inform the public about the actions of government and the national leadership in its task of rebuilding a strong and dynamic nation;

WHEREAS, the national leadership, which has committed itself to the ideals of press freedom, has seen fit not to abdicate its share of voice in the formulation of public opinion;

WHEREAS, it is incumbent upon the national leadership to provide true and correct information to the public and to utilize and consolidate as much of its information resources as possible to ensure an effective and efficient information role;

WHEREAS, realizing that the Office of the Press Secretary was precisely created by Memorandum Order No. 32, dated September 1, 1986 and Executive Order No. 92, dated December 17, 1986, to ensure that the government’s point of view is communicated to the public especially on issues affecting the nation’s welfare, it is necessary that the mandate, powers and functions of this Office be redefined to avoid overlapping and to fix responsibilities therein;

WHEREAS, Article XVIII, Section 16 of the 1987 Constitution recognizes that the reorganization of the government shall be continued even after the ratification of the Constitution;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, CORAZON C. AQUINO, President of the Republic of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the sovereign will of the Filipino people and the Constitution, do hereby order:

Section 1. Title. This Executive Order shall otherwise be known as the Reorganization Act of the Office of the Press Secretary.

Section 2. Reorganization. The Office of the Press Secretary hereinafter referred to as Office, is hereby reorganized, structurally and functionally, in accordance with the provisions of this Executive Order.

Section 3. Declaration of Policy. The Office of the Press Secretary shall be the primary policy, planning, programming, and coordinating entity for the conduct of a relevant and effective information and communication management program that will present the activities, policies, and directions of the Presidency and the Government.

Section 4. Mandate. The primary functions of the Office shall be the formulation and implementation of an integrated program of information and developmental communication that will present the work of the Presidency, develop public understanding of activities, policies, and enhance public trust and support at the national, regional, barrio, and barangay level.

Section 5. Functions. The Office of the Press Secretary shall perform the following functions:

1. Provide information to the public utilizing all government media services under its control;

2. Coordinate the functions of its absorbed offices for the purpose of providing government with its “share of voice” in the free mass media environment;

3. Administer the functions and support services needed to fulfill its responsibilities;

4. Develop, propose, and implement necessary policy guidelines and mechanisms pertinent to its main functions of speaking on behalf of the government and the national leadership;

5. Rationalize a viable and manageable government-owned information structure that will provide the government and the national leadership with instantaneous access to the people;

6. Develop and manage a feedback mechanism that shall provide the people a venue to contribute to the creation of policies affecting them;

7. Organize and maintain field offices where necessary, domestically and internationally, to ensure that government information reaches the intended target audiences;

8. Maintain and operate such media facilities as is necessary, to strengthen its capabilities for information delivery through print, broadcast, electronic, and other special media vehicles.

Section 6. Structural Organization. The Office, aside from the Office Proper, shall consist of Bureaus.

Section 7. Office Proper. The Office Proper shall consist of the following units:

1. Office of the Press Secretary

2. Offices of the Undersecretaries

3. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Finance

4. Administrative Service

5. Financial and Management Service

6. Media Research and Development Staff

Section 8. Press Secretary. The authority and responsibility for the exercise of the powers and the discharge of functions of the Office shall be vested in the Press Secretary, who shall have the rank of a Cabinet member, with all the rights and privileges appurtenant thereto, and who shall be appointed by the President.

Section 9. Functions of the Press Secretary. The functions of the Press Secretary shall be as follows:

1. Act as the Presidential Spokesman and attend to the information needs of the President;

2. Provide information regarding the plans, programs, and activities of the President to the public;

3. Maintain liaison and close coordination with government departments and agencies involved in preparing and planning the activities of the President;

4. Prepare and develop communication programs on the policies, activities, and programs of the Presidency;

5. Coordinate with the various media, both local and foreign, in disseminating information regarding the affairs of the Presidency;

6. Assume full responsibility for the accomplishment of the Office’s objectives and operations;

7. Establish the policies and standards for the operation of the Office pursuant to the programs of the Government and the President;

8. Promulgate rules and regulations necessary to implement Office objectives, policies and functions;

9. Exercise direct supervision and control over all offices and units under the Office;

10. Delegate authority for the performance of any function to officers and employees under his direction; and

11. Perform such other functions as may be provided by law or as may be assigned by the President.

Section 10. Office of the Press Secretary. The Office of the Press Secretary shall be composed of the Secretary and his immediate staff.

Section 11. Undersecretaries. The Press Secretary shall be assisted by two (2) Undersecretaries who shall also be appointed by the President, upon the recommendation of the Secretary, and whose respective functional areas of responsibility shall be determined by the Press Secretary.

Section 12. Functions of the Undersecretaries. The functions of the Undersecretaries shall be as follows:

1. Assist the Press Secretary in the formulation and implementation of Office objectives and policies;

2. Oversee operational activities of the Office for which he shall be responsible to the Press Secretary;

3. Coordinate the programs and projects of the Office, and be responsible for its economical, efficient, and effective administration;

4. Serve as deputy to the Press Secretary in all matters relating to the operations of the Office;

5. Perform such other functions as may be provided by law or as may be directed by the Press Secretary.

Section 13. Reorganized and Merged Agencies. The following agencies in the Office of the Press Secretary are hereby reorganized:

1. The Bureau of Broadcasts and Radyo Ng Bayan are hereby merged into the Bureau of Broadcast Services.

2. The Presidential Press Staff and the sub-offices under it, Philippine News Agency and its national offices, and the International Press Center are hereby merged into the News and Information Bureau.

3. The Bureau of National and Foreign Information is hereby reorganized and renamed as the Bureau of Communications Services.

Section 14. Attached Agencies. The Presidential Broadcast Staff (RTVM), which is hereby created, is hereby attached to the Office of the Press Secretary. The People’s Television 4 and its affiliate stations are hereby attached as separate concerns to the Office of the Press Secretary.

Section 15. The Bureau of Broadcast Services. The Bureau of Broadcast Services shall be responsible for providing broadcast information on the activities, policies, and directions of the Government and the Presidency, thru the use of broadcast media throughout the country.

It shall be headed by a Broadcast Network Manager and assisted by an Assistant Broadcast Network Manager, both to be appointed by the President, upon the recommendation of the Press Secretary.

There shall be in the Bureau of Broadcast Services the following divisions: Engineering, Radio News, and Production.

The Bureau of Broadcast Services shall have the following functions:

1. Provide nationwide broadcasting services primarily for the Government’s and the Presidency’s information and communication requirements;

2. Provide broadcast services to all regions of the country with particular focus on areas not adequately served by private networks;

3. Provide broadcast programming designed to preserve and promote the national heritage and culture, advanced educational goals, and support the thrusts and goals of the Presidency and the government;

4. Continually improve programming and dissemination capabilities geared toward strengthened and innovative program syndication in support of countryside development;

5. Provide auxiliary services to the broadcast requirements of various private broadcast stations, especially in the areas of news and public affairs where the latter require and need such services;

6. Perform such other functions as may be provided by law.

Section 16. The News and Information Bureau. The News and Information Bureau shall be responsible for providing efficient, effective, productive, and economical 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.

The News and Information Bureau shall be headed by a Director and assisted by an Assistant Director, both to be appointed by the President, upon the recommendation of the Press Secretary.

Consisting the News and Information Bureau are: Presidential Press Staff, Media Accreditation and Relations Division, and the Philippine News Agency.

The News and Information Bureau shall have the following functions:

1. Formulate, develop, and implement a national information program for the Government and the Presidency, including the strategies in support of specific national development programs;

2. Formulate, develop, and implement an overseas information program, including strategies for the effective dissemination of information about the Philippines, the policies, activities, and programs of the Government and the Presidency;

3. Establish liaison with the representatives of domestic and foreign press, and provide assistance, as is deemed necessary, relevant to the projects, policies, and activities of the Government and the Presidency;

4. Establish and maintain a system of accreditation for local and foreign members of media;

5. Make arrangements for Presidential press and broadcast coverages and conferences;

6. Provide services relative to day-to-day and special information and communication requirements of the Government and the Presidency, including the programming and monitoring of significant projects and activities on media relations and other media-related matters;

7. Provide daily news services to both local and foreign publics on the policies, activities, and programs of the Government and the Presidency, and maintain a wire service operation, for the purpose of effecting coverage of events and developments relevant to the information needs of the Government and the Presidency;

8. Produce and distribute information materials, such as: handbills, folders, pamphlets, posters, and other publications on the directions, policies, programs, and activities of the Government and the Presidency;

9. Perform such other functions as may be provided by law.

Section 17. The Bureau of Communications Services. The Bureau of Communications Services shall be responsible for the development of communication services, and for providing services relating to policy formulation, communication planning, project development, research and evaluation, and the coordination of information planning within the framework of the over-all thrusts and priorities of the national development plan.

Consisting the Bureau of Communications Services are: Planning Division, Special Operations Division and Special Production Division.

The Bureau of Communications Services shall have the following functions:

1. Develop and conduct a public information program that will enhance awareness to and secure positive public acceptance and support of the programs and activities of the Government and the Presidency;

2. Coordinate information dissemination programs and projects including campaigns directed at the bureau’s specific target publics;

3. Supervise the over-all conceptualization and production of special publications and audio-visual information/communication materials for the Government and the Presidency;

4. Supervise the conceptualization, production, printing and dissemination of all information/communication materials and publications in support of the activities of the Government and the Presidency;

5. Perform such other functions as may be provided by law.

Section 18. Transitory Measures. The Bureau of Broadcast Services and the Philippine News Agency are authorized to sell their services at rates not less than those offered by comparable private firms, Provided, That income realized shall be deposited with the National Treasury and shall accrue to the General Fund; Provided, further, That income realized shall be used to upgrade and update facilities, equipment, and services, and to augment maintenance and other operating expenses for network operations, upon submission of a special budget for the purpose: Provided, finally, That such special budget shall be subject to the approval of the Department of Budget and Management.

In case of merger or consolidation of government units, the new or surviving unit shall exercise the functions (subject to reorganization herein prescribed and the laws, rules and regulations pertinent to the exercise of such functions) and shall acquire the appropriations, funds, records, equipment, facilities, choses in action, rights, other assets, liabilities, if any, and personnel, as may be necessary, of (1) the units that compose the merged unit or (2) the absorbed unit, as the case may be. Such personnel shall, in hold-over capacity, continue to perform their respective duties and responsibilities and receive the corresponding salaries and benefits; Provided, That any such personnel, whose position is not included in the new position structure and staffing pattern approved and prescribed by the Secretary under Section 19 hereof or who is not reappointed, shall be deemed separated from the service and shall be entitled to the benefits provided under the second paragraph of the same Section 19.

Section 19. Position Structure and Staffing Pattern. Upon approval of this Executive Order, the officers and employees of the Office shall, in a hold-over capacity, continue to perform their respective duties and responsibilities and receive the corresponding salaries and benefits unless in the meantime they are separated from the service.

The new position structure and staffing pattern of the Office shall be approved and prescribed by the Secretary within one hundred twenty (120) days from the approval of this Executive Order and the authorized positions created thereunder shall be filled with regular appointments by him or by the President as the case may be. Those incumbents whose positions are not included therein or who are not reappointed shall be deemed separated from the service. Those separated from the service shall receive retirement benefits to which they may be entitled under existing laws, rules, and regulations. Otherwise, they shall be paid the equivalent of one month basic salary for every year of service in the government, or fraction thereof, computed on the basis of the highest salary received, but in no case shall such payment exceed the equivalent of twelve (12) months salary.

Section 20. Periodic Performance Evaluation. The Office is hereby required to formulate and enforce a system of measuring and evaluating periodically and objectively the performance of the Office and submit the same annually to the President.

Section 21. Prohibition Against Change. No change in the reorganization herein prescribed shall be valid except upon prior approval of the President for the purpose of promoting efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of public services.

Section 22. Funding. Funds needed to carry out the provisions of this Executive Order shall be taken from funds available in the Office, Provided, That no funds shall be allocated for People’s Television 4 and its affiliate stations.

Section 23. Implementing Authority of the Secretary. The Secretary shall issue such rules, regulations and other issuances as may be necessary to ensure the effective implementation of the provisions of this Executive Order.

Section 24. Separability. Any portion or provision of this Executive Order that may be declared unconstitutional shall not have the effect of nullifying other portions or provisions hereof as long as such remaining portions can still subsist and be given effect in their entirety.

Section 25. Repealing Clause. All laws, ordinances, rules, regulations, other issuances or parts hereof, which are inconsistent with this Executive Order, are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

Section 26. Effectivity Clause. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately.

APPROVED in the City of Manila, Philippines, this 25th day of July, in the year of Our Lord, Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Seven.

                                                            (Sgd.) CORAZON C. AQUINO
                                                                     President of the Philippines

By the President:

(Sgd.) JOKER P. ARROYO
         Executive Secretary

Executive Order No. 297 pdf file

MALACAÑANG
MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 92

EXPANDING THE SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY, AUTHORITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESS SECRETARY

WHEREAS, there exists a need to create awareness and inform the public about the actions of government and the national leadership in its task of rebuilding a strong and dynamic nation;

WHEREAS, the national leadership, which has committed itself to the ideals of press freedom, has seen fit not to abdicate its share of voice in the formulation of public opinion;

WHEREAS, it is incumbent upon the national leadership to provide true and correct information to the public;

WHEREAS, it is necessary for the government to utilize and consolidate as much of its information resources as possible to ensure an effective and efficient information role;

WHEREAS, the Office of the Press Secretary was precisely created to ensure that the government’s point of view is communicated to the public especially on issues affecting the nation’s welfare;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, CORAZON C. AQUINO, President of the Republic of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me, by the Fundamental Law of the Land, do hereby order and direct:

SECTION 1. The expansion of the scope of responsibility, authority and accountability of the Office of the Press Secretary, incorporating and absorbing under its control and supervision the following government information arms:

1.1 The Bureau of National and Foreign Information and all its subsidiary offices. (International Press Center, Philippine New Agency and its national and foreign information offices)

1.2 Radio and Television – Malacañang

1.3 Presidential Press Staff and sub-offices under it.

1.4 People’s Television 4 (formerly Maharlika Broadcasting System) and its affiliate stations

1.5 The Bureau of Broadcasts and all radio stations under its control and supervision

1.6 Radyo ng Bayan (formerly the Voice of the Philippines) and all radio stations under it

SECTION 2. Functions. The expanded OPS shall perform the following functions:

2.1. Provide information to the public utilizing all government media services under its control;

2.2. Coordinate the functions of above listed offices for the purpose of providing government with its “share of voice” in the free mass media environment;

2.3. Administer the functions and support services needed to fulfill its responsibilities;

2.4. Develop, propose and implement the necessary policy guidelines and mechanisms pertinent to its main functions of speaking on behalf of the government and the national leadership;

2.5. Rationalize a viable and manageable government-owned information structure that will provide the government with instantaneous access to the people;

2.6. Develop and manage a feedback mechanism that shall provide the people a venue to contribute to the creation of policies affecting them;

2.7. Organize and maintain field offices where necessary, domestically and internationally, to ensure that government information reaches the intended target audiences.

SECTION 3. This Executive Order formally transfers control of above listed government information arms to the authority and control of the Office of the Press Secretary. All appropriations, equipment and personnel under them are hereby transferred to the Office of the Press Secretary.

The Office of the Press Secretary is hereby given authority and responsibility to restructure the above listed offices as it sees fit in order to effectively and efficiently carry out its task of providing information to the public.

SECTION 4. Repealing Clause. All laws, Executive Orders, proclamations, rules and regulations or parts thereof which are inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

SECTION 5. The Office of the Press Secretary as amended, is hereby declared a critical agency. As such, the Compensation Plan for the Office of the President (Proper) authorized under E. O. No. 530 dated March 31, 1979 shall apply to certain positions in the Office of the Press Secretary effective December 1, 1986.

The Ministry of Budget and Management is directed to implement this Order.

SECTION 6. Effectivity. This Order shall take effect immediately.

Done in the City of Manila, this 17th day of December, in the year of our Lord, Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Six.

(Sgd.) CORAZON C. AQUINO
President of the Philippines

Attest:
(Sgd.) JOKER P. ARROYO
Executive Secretary

 Executive Order No. 92 pdf file

MALACAÑANG

MANILA

MEMORANDUM ORDER NO. 32

CREATING THE OFFICE OF THE PRESS SECRETARY IN THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

WHEREAS, the Filipino People have a right to be informed of the activities, policies and directions of their government;

WHEREAS, it is the policy of the government to keep the Filipino People informed of the affairs and functions of the President of the Philippines, in recognition of this basic right;

WHEREAS, it is the desire of the President to pursue this policy and, through it, maintain close liaison with the various sectors of the public at large;

WHEREAS, there is a need to establish an office that will provide the conduit and the mechanism in the fulfillment of this program.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, CORAZON C. AQUINO, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution, do hereby order and direct:

SECTION 1Creation of the Office of Press Secretary. – (OPS) There is hereby established the Office of the Press Secretary (OPS) to be headed by a Press Secretary who shall have the rank of a cabinet member, with all the rights and privileges appurtenant thereto.

SECTION 2Functions. – The Press Secretary shall perform the following functions:

a) To act as the official spokesman of the President.

b) To keep track of the plans, programs and activities of the President.

c) To maintain liaison and close coordination with government ministries and agencies involved in preparing and planning the activities of the President.

d) To coordinate with the various media, both local and foreign, in disseminating information regarding the affairs of the President.

e) To provide coverage and documentation particularly presidential activities.

SECTION 3Access to Media – The Press Secretary shall have effective and priority access to government media agencies not under his direct control for the purpose of disseminating news and gathering information for the President.  A detailed plan shall be provided in-an appropriate implementing memorandum.

SECTION 4Organization – The Press Secretary shall designate his Assistant/Assistants and prepare an organizational structure embodying the staffing requirements of his office.

SECTION 5Budget – The OPS is likewise directed to cause the preparation of an operating budget in collaboration with the Office of Budget and Management on the details necessary to put into effect the implementation as prescribed by this Memorandum Order in accordance with the existing laws, rules and regulations.  For succeeding budget years, appropriations for the OPS shall be prepared in accordance with the regular government budget procedures.

SECTION 6Repealing Clause – All laws, executive orders, proclamations, rules and regulations or parts thereof which are insistent herewith, are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

SECTION 7Effectivity – This Memorandum Order shall take effect immediately.

DONE in the City of Manila, this 1st day of September, in the year of Our Lord, Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Six.

 

 (Sgd.) CORAZON C. AQUINO
          President of the Philippines

Memorandum Order No. 32 pdf file