By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos  May 22, 2020, 2:41 pm

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar urged the local public officials to remain vigilant and sustain the gains of the government’s hard work to combat COVID-19.

 “As we step out of our homes, we find ourselves in a different world – a place where sickness and death are just around the corner. While COVID-19 continues to persist, we must not fear. Instead, we must step out in faith without letting our guards down,” Andanar told local government officials who participated in the fourth COVID-19 virtual town hall meeting. 

Andanar was confident that local public officials would act as a “fiber that makes up the entire communication network” of the government.

 “Your words must give strength and confidence to our people. Compel the public to take these basic health practices to heart: wearing a mask outside of homes, observing physical distancing, washing of the hands regularly, and avoiding touching the face,” Andanar said.

Andanar also told LGUs that the country now arrives at a state where life and livelihood must be put “in balance.” He said local public officials should understand the government’s recovery program that aims to reboot the country’s economy.

 “Help shall be given to all – this is what the President assured his people,” Andanar said.