Following the rejection of ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal application, Deputy Speaker Luis Raymund Villafuerte proposed to temporarily utilize the network’s television and radio frequencies as an alternative for distance learning this school year amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Villafuerte, who voted to deny the media’s franchise renewal, filed House Resolution No. 1044 which states: “Exhausting all possible delivery modes such as the use of untapped television and radio frequencies as those vacated by ABS-CBN is vital in keeping students engaged.”
“The unused frequencies may also be used for information on COVID-19 prevention and control, risk reduction, and preparedness,” it added.
Villafuerte said the former frequencies used by the ABS-CBN is useful in areas not reached by digital infrastructures, such as areas in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARRM).
He pointed out that the Philippines is one of the nations experiencing a “learning crisis” due to the pandemic.