DAVAO CITY, Philippines – On Friday, August 28, ABS-CBN Davao broadcast online the latest episodes of its local programs, the Maayong Buntag Mindanao (MBM) Morning Show and TV Patrol Southern Mindanao. Its local radio station MOR and DXAB also said goodbye.
ABS-CBN, the country’s largest broadcast network, has closed its 12 regional stations, including Davao City. This after Congress rejected the station’s franchise renewal last May, over what reporters say was an attack on press freedom instigated by President Duterte in favor of a supported telecommunications company. by China.
After 32 years, the last broadcast of MBM and TV Patrol was filled with statements from former broadcasters and hosts who shared memories and offered their solidarity in the hopes that the struggling network manages to return.
In the latest episode of Maayong Buntag Mindanao, the hosts shared similar experiences of growing up as media workers in the network.
Host Michelle Robin, the “senior” of the facilitators, recalled applying for an editor for the network’s previous Sarimanok regional news network, which was immediately replaced by the ABS-CBN news channel. (ANC). She was then assigned as a field reporter and then was offered an offer to host the morning show.
The facilitator Hernel Tocmo recalled his internship days in the network. After initially failing a screen test, he figured it was best for him to work behind the camera. But he said he learned a lot from producers and directors to gain screen confidence.
He also thanked the production team who continued to work until their last episode before the end of the program.
Maayong Buntag Mindanao aired its first episode in 1994, and the network claims to be the longest morning show in the country’s television history. The program airs news, interview, lifestyle and entrepreneurship segments for Davaoenos in the morning.
TV Patrol Southern Mindanao made its first episode on August 8, 1988 as the network was relaunched nationwide after the ousting of the Marcos dictatorship which had previously shut down the network.
TV Patrol pioneered the use of the local Cebuano language in its newscast for the benefit of local citizens.
Along with the local DXAB network radio station 1296, TV Patrol has been one of the main sources of information in the Davao area.
A home for employees
For Berchan Louie Angchay, TV Patrol field reporter for three years, disseminating local stories is important because it helps to publicize the situation in other parts of the country, and also to raise aid for communities.
He recalled ABS-CBN-Davao’s coverage of the earthquakes that hit Davao del Sur in December 2019, in which their coverage and presence were instrumental in helping affected residents.
The shutdown of the station’s operation, however, resulted in the displacement of several workers, including Angchay and his father, a cameraman for the network for more than two decades.
“It really has a huge impact [for our family] especially with many unpaid invoices. It is also difficult to look for work at the moment, ”he said, referring to the health and economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We just have to look for other ways to generate income so that we can meet our daily needs. “
Kenneth Mheil Mangaya-ay, executive producer and director of MBM, recalls starting his career as a production assistant for TV Patrol in 2013.
“(The closure) is sad because it’s like you’re deprived of your dream,” he said.
While noting that the reason for closing ABS-CBN was politically motivated, Mangaya-ay said that for many ABS-CBN employees it is “disappointing and heartbreaking” to lose their jobs amid the pandemic. , as well as shutting down what they considered “home” for years.
“The truth cannot be denied”
“Mawala man kami sa ere, apan dili mahikaw ang kamatuoran. Among the programs is ABS-CBN, yong nasaligan, (We can stop broadcasting, but the truth cannot be denied. You trusted our programs), ”Paul Palacio TV Patrol Southern Mindanao presenter said in his last message on the air.
“Kini ang nagpalig-on sa atong panag-uban, mao nga garbo namo ang pag-alagad kaninyo, (This has strengthened our bond, and it has been an honor to serve you,” said Melanie Severino, her co-host.
While the TV Patrol show was no longer airing, a clip posted to the show’s Facebook page showed members of the production crew in tears as the director thanked them for their efforts over the years.
The TV Patrol episode ended with a recorded segment where presenters from all regional TV Patrol networks spoke their messages in their local languages and dialects.
Outside the network, employees lit candles and said a prayer.
As all 12 local stations have closed, its employees, media groups and supporters are pushing for a signature campaign called the “Pirma Kapamilya” initiative to get ABS-CBN back on air.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) organized this signature campaign outside the Esguerra Avenue train station in Quezon City to collect the signatures of passers-by and supporters.
Pirma Kapamilya aims to grant the network a “popular franchise” through the popular initiative, which is provided for by law under the Initiative and Referendum Act. It aims to collect the signatures of 10% of the country’s voters to carry out the granting of a franchise for ABS-CBN. (davaotoday.com)