LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte—State-owned People’s Television Network Inc. (PTNI) aims to expand into Ilocos Norte, hometown of new president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., with a 39-station broadcast station, 5 million pesos which will soon increase in the province.
The transmitter station, which would be built at Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), would include a 250-foot four-foot TV broadcast tower and a building. Construction is expected to begin in September and will be fully operational in December this year.
MMSU and PTNI officials held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site on Tuesday, June 14.
The station “will broadcast relevant information and updates on national and regional development projects, especially that of Ilocos Norte”, according to MMSU.
In May 2021, plans to build a transmitter station were finalized after PTV and MMSU signed an agreement to install a 1 kilowatt digital and 1 kilowatt analog transmitter on university grounds.
PTV would install the transmitter in exchange for a 500 square meter property at MMSU, according to the agreement.
Speaking to reporters, PTNI chief executive Katherine Chloe De Castro said having a PTV station in the provinces would allow the public to learn more about government programs and what it is doing. , especially in the event of a disaster.
With the station, De Castro said the delivery of government news would be improved, calling it “timely,” especially with the transition of President Rodrigo Duterte and his successor, Marcos Jr., from Ilocos Norte.
The transmitting station would also become a training ground for university students enrolled in BA communications, BS development communications and BS electronics and communications engineering, among others, according to MMSU President Dr. Shirley Agrupis.
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