House panel OKs franchise for Southern Luzon State U for broadcasting
By Billy Begas
The House Committee on Legislative Franchise has approved the proposal granting legislative franchise to Southern Luzon State University (SLSU) allowing it to operate radio and television broadcasting stations.
Members of the committee unanimously voted to consolidate and approve House Bills 7071 and 7478 authored by Quezon Representatives Angelina Tan, and Wilfrido Mark Enverga.
The measure will give the SLSU a 25-year franchise to construct, install, establish, operate and maintain for educational and commercial purposes radio and television broadcasting stations.
“The franchise will allow the SLSU to deliver its services to marginalized students who are living in areas without internet connectivity. The franchise to operate a television and radio station will be part of SLSU’s response to the need to device ways to deliver educational services amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” Tan said during her sponsorship of the measure.
Tan has underscored the importance of the measure in light of the UNESCO’s assessment of COVID-19 impact on education, which showed that 3,589,484 students enrolled in various Higher Education Institutions in the Philippines had been affected by the school closures caused by the pandemic.
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