The resolution filed by Camarines Sur 2nd District Rep. LRay Villafuerte that seeks temporary use of frequencies left by ABS-CBN for distance learning is “not necessary,” according to a fellow lawmaker.
“There is no need to use ABS-CBN’s frequencies for distance learning because the government has so much television frequencies in PTV-4 and IBC-13 and also AM/FM radio frequencies in the Philippine Broadcast Service,” explained Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman, citing that using the media giant’s frequencies will be costly.
“Using ABS-CBN’s frequencies can be expensive because towers, transmitters, and allied infrastructures would have to be constructed and there is also the requirement of public bidding, as well as the need for engineers,” he added.
Lagman continued that there is no time for the government to negotiate with ABS-CBN over the frequencies due to the opening of schools set on August 24. He added that distance learning “should ideally be interactive,” particularly through the Internet which does not require broadcast frequencies.