Filipinos lose source of local news as regional news broadcasts “TV Patrol” bid farewell
Filipinos living outside of Metro Manila across the country will lose a reliable source of local television and public service information as ABS-CBN terminates 12 local programs of “TV Patrol,” which will have their last news broadcasts on August 28.
This unfortunate development is the latest service affected by the denial of the ABS-CBN franchise by the House of Representatives on July 10, which also led to the closure of ABS-CBN Regional’s operations.
ABS-CBN Regional has produced various local editions of “TV Patrol” for broadcast on the network’s 21 regional stations for more than three decades, providing viewers in the provinces with fast and reliable local and national news presented in their own dialects. They are TV Patrol North Luzon (Baguio, Dagupan, Ilocos, Isabela and Pampanga), TV Patrol Bicol (Naga, Legazpi), TV Patrol Palawan, TV Patrol Southern Tagalog (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 Northern Mindanao (Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental Lanao Del Norte, CARAGA, Dipolog), TV Patrol South Central Mindanao (SOCSKSARGEN, Cotabato), TV Patrol Southern Mindanao (Davao), TV Patrol Chavacano (Zamboanga).
“ABS-CBN Regional serves Filipinos in remote areas not reached by other television signals. But more than disseminating breaking news, regional ABS CBN news teams are also the first to bring aid and relief to disaster-stricken communities, ”said Tata Sy, regional manager of ABS-CBN.
In addition to the local TV Patrol news, ABS-CBN Regional will also stop producing new episodes of its nine morning shows, which keep local audiences up to date with news and infotainment each morning.
Also concerned are its public service initiatives rooted in health, education, environment and livelihoods that take place throughout the year, such as the “Grand Halad sa Kapamilya”.
Sy said that part of ABS CBN Regional’s mission has always been to provide meaningful and sustainable public service, connecting individuals and communities with relevant donors; or by relaying problems and questions to government for prompt and appropriate action.
“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, ”she said.
After the National Telecommunications Commission issued a cease-and-desist order on May 5 that shut down ABS-CBN’s broadcasting operations, ABS-CBN Regional continued to produce news and broadcasts at broadcast on its YouTube channel and Facebook pages. Viewers can continue to watch their local “TV Patrol” and morning shows until August 28.