September 26, 2015
The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is tapping the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) to help in organizing the debates for presidential and vice-presidential candidates in the 2016 elections. KBP Board Chairman Herman Z. Basbaño said the KBP will be helping the COMELEC in formulating the rules and policies for conducting the debates and in coordinating the activities of the broadcast networks in organizing the debates. Republic Act 9006, or the Fair Elections Act, authorizes the COMELEC to require national television and radio networks to sponsor at least three national debates among presidential candidates and at least one national debate among vice-presidential candidates during the campaign. The KBP is the biggest national organization of radio and television networks and stations in the country.
COMELEC Chairman Andres D. Bautista met with the KBP and the representatives of the major broadcast networks last September 21 to discuss initial plans for the 2016 debates. He proposed that the three debates for presidential candidates will be staged in different parts of the country, the first one in Mindanao, the second in the Visayas and the third in Luzon, and the vice-presidential debate in Metro Manila. Each of the three major networks—ABS-CBN, ABC TV5, and GMA—was asked to take the lead in organizing a presidential debate, while CNN (RPN) was asked to take the lead in organizing the vice-presidential debate. All radio and television stations are expected to broadcast the debates. The lead networks were also expected to provide access to the debate to print and online media.
The COMELEC chairman asked the KBP to draft the rules and policies for organizing the debates and help thresh out issues and problems that may arise among the networks in organizing the debates. Basbaño assured the COMELEC chairman of the full cooperation of KBP members in making the debates a success.
The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) led the annual simultaneous and nationwide tree planting activity called “Oplan Broadcastreeing” last August 2015.
The KBP chapters and volunteers planted at least 37,350 tree seedlings and saplings in protected areas, watersheds, and sites. Over 7,700 volunteers helped in 30 cities and provinces including Rizal, Ilocos Norte, Tuguegarao City, Pangasinan, Baguio City, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Naga City, Albay, Roxas City, Aklan, Eastern Samar, Dipolog, Cagayan de Oro, and Bukidnon.
To date, “Oplan Broadcastreeing” has planted more than 200,000 assorted tree seedlings and saplings. KBP chairman Herman Z. Basbaño started the project in 2009 to address the country’s environmental degradation. The project supports the government’s National Greening Program, which aims to plant 1.5 billion trees by 2016.
“Oplan Broadcastreeing” was made possible through the cooperation of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Office of the President, Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Metro Manila Development Authority, and the local government units; and support of the St. Pedro Poveda College, De La Salle University – College of St. Benilde, Liga ng Brodkaster, Junior Chamber International, McDonald’s, Alaska Milk Corporation, San Miguel Corporation, Universal Robina Corporation, Asia Brewery Incorporated, and Pepsi Cola.
“Kasangga ng Oplan Broadcastreeing” – At the Pililla Wind Farm in Rizal, veteran broadcaster Rey Langit is a regular supporter of this KBP project.
In Apostol Hill, Barangay Barobo, Bukidnon
Oplan Broadcastreeing in Bukidnon – Volunteers plant Ipil-Ipil, Caliandra, and Mahogany seedlings.
Oplan Broadcastreeing in Camarines Sur – KBP CamSur Chapter Chairman Edwin Lara along with other officers plants at least 5,000 Mahogany, Pili, and Narra saplings in Sitio Matan, Gaongan, Sipocot, Camarines Sur.
September 16, 2015
The KBP has asked the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to reserve the radio frequency of 87.5 megahertz for the exclusive use of schools. During the last administration, the NTC had agreed to this position but, according to KBP Legal Counsel Atty. Rudolph Jularbal, the KBP felt the need to reiterate its position due to reports that some radio operators want to use the frequency for commercial operations. The position was contained in a letter sent by KBP to Commissioner Gamaliel A. Cordoba in August of this year.
In the letter, the KBP said that the government has a responsibility to ensure that a scare natural resource, which the radio frequencies are, should be partly allocated for non-commercial education. The 87.5 megahertz frequency is the last frequency in the FM band. KBP also said that if the NTC assigns the frequency to commercial operators, this will displace the schools that have already been authorized by the NTC to use the frequency for their low-power campus stations.
The KBP also said that KBP members who originally applied for the frequency have decided to put aside their applications because of the KBP position, suggesting that it would be unfair to them if the NTC decides to consider new applications for the frequency now.