NBN-4 urged not to compete with commercial TV networks

September 22, 2010 10:09 am 

MANILA, Sept. 21 -– Senator Loren Legarda urged on Tuesday the government-owned National Broadcasting Network (NBN) Channel 4 not to compete with commercial television networks and instead come up with more educational programs focusing on climate change and environment protections.

”You can promote NBN-4 and earn money by coming out with programs that more educational and have special focus on environment protections, livelihood and promotion of human lives,” Legarda said during the Senate committee on finance hearing on proposed 2011 budget of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).

Senate financial committee chairman Franklin Drilon agreed with Legarda, chairperson of the Senate committee on climate change, saying “you don’t have to compete with the commercial networks.”

”Just focus on programs that are more education and not only on the promotion of the programs of the government,” Drilon said.

PCOO secretary Sonny Coloma responded positively on the recommendations of the lawmakers, disclosing the upgrading and modernization of the NBN facilities.

”Our government specially our President (Benigno Aquino) is fully committed to the truth and transparency and it is not his policy to use this station as instrument of propaganda for political purposes,” Coloma said.

”Our countrymen can hope that we will focus on improving the programming of NBN-4 so that it will get more audience share,” he added.

Formerly known as Office of the Press Secretary, the PCOO has submitted a budget proposal for 2011 amounting to P976.157 million or 15.86 percent lower compared to the 2010 budget level of P1.160 billion.

The proposed budget is broken down by agency as follows: PCOO proper with P99.137 million, Bureau of Broadcast Services with P292.653 million, Bureau of Communications Services (P28.952 million), National Printing Office (P136.96 million), News and Information Bureau (P91.073 million), Philippine Information Agency (P249.569 million) and, President Broadcast Staff (RTVM) with P77.809 milion.

The government has other two government stations – RPN-9 and IBC-13 but the stations are up for privatization. (PNA) LOR/jfm

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