ILOILO City – Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas’s (OPAV) Assistant Secretary Jonji Gonzales has been designated by Secretary Michael Lloyd Diño as representative for special concerns in Western Visayas.
“This is to inform you that henceforth, all communication and special concerns of all Departments and/or agencies of government needing the attention of the Office of the President and/or Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) within Region 6 shall be coursed through Assistant Secretary Anthony Gerard Y. Gonzales,” stated the memorandum signed by Diño.
Gonzales said the designation will give OPAV a chance to maximize its reach in the Visayas.
“We have been extending our services to the Visayas, and we want to expand and reach more audiences in order to serve more people,” said Gonzales.
He added that OPAV’s presence in Western Visayas will be more visible this time since he will visit the region more often.
Aside from the assistance that OPAV can give to the local government units through coordination with national government agencies (NGAs), OPAV is also planning to expand its Serbisyong Malasakit, a one-stop shop for government services into all other areas of the Visayas.
This will allow the grassroots people to avail themselves of the services offered by the different NGAs in one setting.
“We are hopeful that through this, it will strengthen the relationship between local government units and NGAs, and therefore, bring the Filipino people closer to the Office of the President,” Gonzales said.
As a first major project for the region, according to Gonzales, the Serbisyong Malasakit for local government units will be launched in Western Visayas./PN