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A Malacañang office has been abolished as part of streamlining and strengthening the government’s communication and information dissemination network.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar has issued an order dissolving the Strategic Communications Office and reassigning the affected personnel to his office.

“The main reasons are to streamline and to adjust to our new comprehensive communications strategy in promoting the policies of the different executive departments,” Andanar said.

“The recent communications programs led by PCOO, DuterteNOMiCs, Real Numbers, Extremism & Martial Law, and other upcoming events, increased the demand for the PCOO Team to assist other departments. Thus the need to restructure our manpower assignments,” he added.

In PCOO Order no. 26, Andanar assigned the 13 workers from the SCO to the OSEC (Office of the Secretary)-Media under his supervision. Seven other personnel have been assigned to PCOO Assistant Secretary Kissinger Reyes.

“All other personnel under the Strategic Communications whose name is not included is deemed to have resigned and/or the contract of service expired,” the order read.

Andanar denied that he has fired 40 SCO employees in the latest reorganization. “The news that 40 people were fired is very inaccurate. I did not fire anyone,” he said. (Genalyn D. Kabiling)