By Genalyn Kabiling
The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) will have a bigger budget amounting to P1.63 billion under the government’s proposed national budget for 2020.
The new appropriation proposal for the PCOO, the agency in charge of the government’s information and communication system, will increase from the P1.38 billion budget this year.
Under the agency budget, P719 million will go to maintenance and other operating expenses, P700 million for personnel services, and P213 million for capital outlays.
The PCOO proper will get the biggest slice of the budget with P439 million, followed by the Bureau of Broadcast Services with P392 million and Philippine Information Agency with P387 million.
The budget of other PCOO offices are the following: Presidential Broadcast Staff, P227 million; News and Information Bureau, P120 million; Bureau of Communications Services, P57 million; and the National Printing Office, P10.3 million.
The PCOO proper will get P78 million in travel expenses, P21 million for communication expenses, P21 million for confidential and intelligence expenses, and P7.9 million for professional services.
The PCOO, led by Secretary Martin Andanar, supervises the government communication machinery, including state-owned television and radio networks.
The agency aims to enhance public access, engagement and understanding of the President’s polices and government programs.