P-Noy website launched today; public may interact with Aquino

By Delon Porcalla – Beginning at noon today, Filipinos can interact with and send their sentiments to President Aquino and his officials.

Secretary Herminio Coloma of the Presidential Communications Office for Operations told government-run radio station dzRB that the website www.president.gov.ph would carry social networking sites Facebook and Twitter.

A Facebook homepage in the presidential website will allow the public to air their sentiments online.

The new Chief Executive, who is only one and a half months in office, enjoys the trust of a record 85 percent of Filipinos, according to a survey.

Coloma said he is scheduled to hold a press briefing at 2 p.m. today to explain the program in detail.

This will be different from the regular briefing by presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda, which is usually held before lunchtime.

As for the “feedback mechanism” the President had promised in his June 30 inaugural, the social networking sites would not just be limited to Facebook and Twitter, but would include the highly popular YouTube.

Coloma is also encouraging the public to actively participate in the programs of the government, saying they are important stakeholders.

He said allowing the public greater access to information is in line with the good governance and transparency policies of the Aquino administration.

He earlier hinted at making the reorganized Office of the Press Secretary set up a system where citizens may send their concerns via text messaging or through Facebook and Twitter for those who have access to the Internet.

His colleague, Secretary Ricky Carandang, said the public can now report irregularities and corruption in the financial sector through the website of the Department of Finance at www.perangbayan.com on Facebook and Twitter.

Carandang said Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima has been on television and radio plugging the website.

Lacierda told Palace reporters earlier that it was the President’s decision to “reorganize” the OPS to make it attuned to the times.

“The old structure of the OPS is already outmoded. We fashioned the structure based on your needs. That’s why we need to rationalize everything,” he said.

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