ABS-CBN was forced to go off the air after the National Telecommunications Commission issued a cease and desist order against the broadcast giant on May 5.
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Government may tap ABS-CBN for distance learning
Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) - May 29, 2020 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The government may tap private broadcast networks, including ABS-CBN if its franchise is renewed by Congress, for the planned distance learning as face-to-face classes will not be allowed due to health risks posed by the coronavirus, Malacañang said yesterday. 

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the government would need more broadcast companies to reach as many students as possible. 

“If ABS-CBN’s franchise is granted, I’m sure as a way of showing its commitment to the Filipino people, the company will allow their broadcast to be used for educational purposes,” Roque said at a press briefing. “We would need more than one television networks to partner with DepEd (Department of Education) for its distance learning program.”

ABS-CBN was forced to go off the air after the National Telecommunications Commission issued a cease and desist order against the broadcast giant on May 5.

The DepEd set the opening of classes on Aug. 24, urging schools to adopt blended learning, which involves the use of the internet, radio and television.

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