Asec. Gonzales appointed as OPAV’s representative to Western Visayas

Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Assistant Secretary Jonji Gonzales has been designated by Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino as the special concerns of OPAV to 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 Secretary Dino.

Asec. Gonzales said that the said 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 Asec. 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 the 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 to avail of the services offered by the different NGAs in one setting. “We are hopeful that through this, it will strengthen the relationship between the LGUs and NGAs, and therefore, bring the Filipino people closer to the Office of the President,” Asec. Gonzales said.

As the first major project for the region, Asec. Gonzales announced that the Serbisyong Malasakit for local government units (LGUs) will be launched in Western Visayas, with the cooperation of the Local Chief Executives (LCEs) and the NGAs in that region.

The Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas’ very own Serbisyong Malasakit Program was originally created to provide a one-stop government service that would take basic services closer to its constituents.

So far it has conducted more than 30 Serbisyong Malasakit caravans all over the Visayas.