Press Release
January 25, 2013

Legarda Celebrates Ratification of PTV4 Bill

Senator Loren Legarda celebrated the ratification of the PTV4 Bill as a timely resuscitation of the national television network.

"PTV4 has great potential, not for propaganda, but for information dissemination of the advocacies of our various departments of government. As it was ratified by the Senate last Tuesday, January 22, we can now bid goodbye to the ten-year-old charter which would not allow them to sell commercial spots for revenues," said Legarda, a former broadcast journalist.

Senate Bill No. 3316, co-sponsored by the Senator, amends the PTV Charter to allow the network to generate funds from advertising and airtime sales, and the same shall be utilized by PTV solely for its operations and capital expenditure.

"The network shall also be allowed to adopt other measures that will help restore the viability of the network operations. The passage of this measure is very important as it addresses the urgent need to regenerate and improve the national television channel," she added.

"I am elated that our efforts for this bill have paid off, because it is inexcusable if we do not find ways to address the urgent need to improve the information mechanisms of government," Legarda concluded.

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