As the government looks for alternative ways for learning during this pandemic, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar offers the “underutilized” Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC-13), to be used as an educational platform for the Department of Education.
Andanar made the proposal to make use of the state-owned broadcast network on Thursday (May 14), during the joint online hearing of the House committees on basic education and culture and on higher and technical education.
“If the DepEd uses this then this entire frequency can be dedicated solely to DepEd,” Andanar said.
The school year 2020-2021 is set to begin on August 24, 2020, as announced by the Department of Education.
The PCOO chief said some technical issues have to be addressed first, like increasing the transmission power from 60 to 100 kilowatts, at least in the National Capital Region (NCR) to improve the audience reach of IBC-13 and People’s Television Network (PTV-4).
Currently, both stations are operating below this transmission power range, with IBC-13 operating at a low 20 kilowatts.
“But this is not to say that we cannot solve this problem. In fact, this is a wake-up call that the government should be strengthening and investing in both TV network agencies that we have,” assured Andanar.
He said IBC-13 is a reasonable choice to be turned to an educational channel, adding that “By using IBC, we don’t have to disrupt the regular programming of PTV, a channel that is also serving all other government departments and all branches of government including the lower house.”
Andanar suggests that government work with direct-to-home satellite TV companies supply students in the provinces with satellite boxes to enable them to attend classes through their television at home.
The PCOO Secretary said that government would need to invest around P50 million to P100 million in order to keep the network “up to speed.” newpost.com.ph
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