New Provincial Information Officer Atty. Christian Jay Cojamco, with Provincial Human Resource Management Office (HRMO) Lucy Paredes. // Photo by PIO Palawan

Lawyer Christian Jay Cojamco was confirmed on Tuesday as the new Provincial Information Officer (PIO) by the Provincial Board, formally beginning his duties as an appointed official.

Cojamco, who previously served as the legal counsel for Narra interim mayor Crispin Lumba Jr., has also resigned from the administrative lawsuit involving suspended Narra mayor Gerandy Danao against Lumba and provincial board member Clarito Demaala IV.

Cojamco was officially acknowledged by the Provincial Board at their regular session after the provincial human resource office approved his letter of appointment, which took effect on August 2.

Cojamco’s first item of business as the new PIO was questioned by the Board prior to his confirmation. He promised to increase the provincial government’s information distribution channels by issuing more regular press releases and distributing important news items through social media rather than printed materials.

“Nakita natin na nahihirapan kami sa logistics dahil sa pandemiya, hindi naipapadala ang mga newsletter. Halos lahat na rin ng mga Palawenyo ay mayroong smart devices, at marunong gumamit ng social media. Hindi na rin malaki ang gastos nito, hindi katulad ng newsletter na kailangan pang gumamit ng papel,” he said.

Former PIO Winston Arzaga formally vacated his position last July 31 to reportedly run for a local office in the 2022 national elections.

Cojamco is also the legal department head of the Partidong Pagbabago ng Palawan (PPP), and was also active in the “Yes” campaign to divide Palawan into three provinces during the 2021 plebiscite.

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