Andanar hopes gov't channel PTV can compete with other TV networks in the ratings

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 10) – Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar believes government channel People's Television (PTV) can compete with other television networks in ratings.

Andanar made the remark during the House hearing on the agency's 2021 budget on Wednesday, as he responded from a question of House appropriations committee chairperson Rep. Eric Yap.

"Now that ABS-CBN is not on the air, do you have aspirations and goals for PTV-4 to compete with GMA and other networks?" Yap asked Andanar.

The PCOO Secretary answered PTV's entry in the television ratings game is timely after the non-renewal of the franchise of broadcast giant ABS-CBN.

"We have a plan to at least be able to compete as far as ratings are concerned. The PTV, being a government-owned and controlled corporation, it also has to make its own money from advertisers," said Andanar, who bared the PCOO will open a media hub in Mindanao on October.

Andanar highlighted that PTV has already beefed up its programming from morning to evening.

The PCOO is seeking approval of its proposed ₱1.58 billion budget for 2021.

He also assured the House appropriations committee the PCOO is responding to the labor concerns of PTV employees such as low salaries, security of tenure, and lack of hazard and overtime pays.

"The only hindrance to their concerns is the process and system and the go signal given by GCG (Governance Commission for GOCCs [Government Owned and Controlled Corporations]). But with your help, we are confident that we can speed up the distribution of benefits," Andanar explained.

The approval of its 2021 budget was stalled after several lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc accused Communications Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy of red-tagging them on her social media posts. Andanar has disowned Badoy's statement, saying that the government's lead communication arm has nothing to do with it.