House panel approves renewal of IBC TV network franchise – Manila Bulletin
The House Legislative Franchise Committee, chaired by Palawan First District Rep. Franz Alvarez, approved Bill (HB) 5404 that will renew the franchise for the Presidential Office of Communications and Operations Television Network ( PCOO) Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) for another 25 years.
House Ways and Means President and Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda, who is the author of HB 5404, seeks to expand the CBI to play a role in disaster preparedness and participatory governance and as a means of getting the state to take over some of the media.
“We have long since abdicated this role of direct public aid to private broadcasters who make money from this mission. We should reclaim some of that space through the IBC,” Salceda added.
“I see IBC TV and state media in general playing a bigger role in disaster preparedness. As close to government bodies, the station is uniquely positioned to be the first source of announcements, inquiries and instructions from the government… The broadcast of the Laging Handa briefings in the network is a great example of what can be supported as it reuses,” Salceda told reporters on Tuesday, February 15.
He also proposed that the network be used as a way to help distance learning and as a way for citizens to question and interact with officials.
“In this role, the IBC can be a ‘tanungan at sumbungan’ for the public. We could even create programs in line with the guidelines of Hotline 8888 or the Presidential Complaint Center. We can have programs where members of the public can call in to voice their concerns and have them addressed by their officials,” he explained.
Under the approval, the IBC franchise, which is expected to operate until September 2025, can be renewed until 2050.
SUBSCRIBE TO THE DAILY NEWSLETTER
CLICK HERE TO JOIN