MANILA – Filipinos living outside Metro Manila are on the verge of losing a trusted source of local news and public affairs services following ABS-CBN’s decision to disconnect 12 programs “television patrol” premises.
All these local programs should broadcast their latest news on Friday, August 28.
This unfortunate development is a consequence of the refusal by the House of Representatives of the network’s franchise offer on July 10, which led to the closure of ABS-CBN Regional’s operations.
“ABS-CBN Regional serves Filipinos in remote areas not reached by other television signals,” ABS-CBN Regional Director Tata Sy said in a statement.
“But more than disseminating breaking news, regional ABS-CBN news teams are also the first to bring aid and relief to communities stricken by calamities,” she added.
For more than three decades, ABS-CBN Regional has produced various local editions of “Patrouille TV” for broadcast on the network’s 21 regional stations, providing viewers in the provinces with local and national news in their own dialects.
These are the following:
- TV Patrol North Luzon (Baguio, Dagupan, Ilocos, Isabela and Pampanga)
- Bicol TV Patrol (Naga, Legazpi)
- Palawan TV Patrol
- Southern Tagalog Television Patrol (CALABARZON)
- TV Patrol Central Visayas (Cebu, Dumaguete, Bohol)
- TV Patrol Negros (Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental)
- TV Patrol Panay (Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Guimaras)
- TV Patrol Eastern Visayas (Samar, Leyte)
- TV Patrol North Mindanao (Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental Lanao Del Norte, CARAGA, Dipolog)
- TV Patrol South Central Mindanao (SOCSKSARGEN, Cotabato)
- TV Patrol Southern Mindanao (Davao), and
- Chavacano TV Patrol (Zamboanga)
In addition to these local news broadcasts, ABS-CBN Regional will also cease producing new episodes of its nine morning shows as well as its public service initiatives such as “Grand Halad sa Kapamilya”.
“Inspired by Kapitan Geny Lopez’s vision of building bridges in the air, ABS CBN Regional, through its ‘TV Patrol’ programs and public service, has accomplished more than just building proverbial bridges. In its own way, ABS CBN Regional has helped build a nation, ”said Sy.
Viewers can continue to watch their local “TV Patrol” and morning shows until August 28.