No Bad Blood? ABS-CBN Offers Government Use of Transmission Network to Broadcast Educational Material to Students
ABS-CBN is offering the government use of its transmission network to aid in the collective goal of educating Philippine students around the country as the pandemic continues to keep schools closed.
The embattled network was unable to renew its congressional franchise due to opposition in the House, and the rejection of its franchise renewal continues to be a hot topic of debate in the country.
ABS-CBN went off air on May 4 after receiving a cease-and-desist order from the National Telecommunications Commission, and its franchise renewal was officially rejected on July 10.
Despite this, ABS-CBN is also willing to allow the government use of all the educational programs the network has produced within the last 20 years.
During this State of the Nation address held earlier today, July 27, president Rodrigo Duterte announced that he would not allow face-to-face classes to resume until 2021, when a vaccine for COVID-19 has been developed.
Due to the health risks the pandemic poses to children and youths, students will have to learn from home until the pandemic is over.
Read ABS-CBN’s full statement below:
Our commitment to the public is for ABS-CBN to continue serving the Filipino in whatever capacity we can.
In response to the educational thrust of the government in this time of the pandemic, we are offering the use of our transmission network to broadcast educational programs all over the country. We hope to help the government continuously educate students nationwide despite the limitations brought by the pandemic.
On top of our transmission network, we are also offering the use of all the educational programs we have produced over the past 20 years.
While this is not expected to have any business impact to the company, we are hopeful that our network can help in the education of our students nationwide.