NTC Chief Atty. Ella Blanca Lopez receives a Certificate of Recognition and a token after her Keynote Address at the launch of Aliw 23. Joining her on stage, from left to right, are Aliw Broadcasting Corp. executive officers: Executive Vice President and General Manager Atty. Mcneil M. Rante, Vice President D. Adrian Cabangon, Chairman and President D. Edgard A. Cabangon, Vice President for Business Development Dennis Antenor Jr., and Vice President for Sales and Marketing Marvin Estigoy.
THE National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) Commissioner, Atty. Ella Blanca Lopez, graced the official launch of Aliw Channel 23 as the Guest of Honor on Friday, June 23, 2023, held at The Podium Hall, 6th Floor, 12 ADB Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.
The event drew a distinguished audience, including Senator Cynthia Villar, commissioners, ambassadors, and other guests from public and private institutions. They were welcomed by the executive officers of Aliw Broadcasting Corporation led by Chairman and President D. Edgard A. Cabangon.
Atty. Lopez delivered a compelling keynote address, extending her congratulations to Aliw Broadcasting Corporation on this significant milestone.
During her speech, Atty. Lopez lauded Aliw Broadcasting Corporation for its unwavering commitment to providing Filipinos with exceptional news and entertainment.
“On behalf of the National Telecommunications Commission, I would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Aliw Broadcasting Corporation as we come together to celebrate yet another milestone for your organization. The launch of Aliw Channel 23 is a testament to your institution’s dedication in providing Filipinos with the best sources of news and entertainment,” she shared.
Atty. Lopez recognized Aliw Channel 23’s alignment with the government’s principles and values, particularly in light of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s recent statement on combating fake news and promoting access to reliable information. She emphasized the importance of crafting and broadcasting content that upholds truth and trust.
“Earlier this week, during the International Conference of Information Commissioners (ICIC), our dear president, His Excellency Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., was quoted a saying “fake news had no place in Philippine Society.” He asserted that the country should continue advancing the people’s right to access information. I believe that Aliw Channel 23 will share the same principle and trust as the government, as it begins to craft and air its content,” she affirmed.
Recognizing the significance of television as a medium of communication, Atty. Lopez referenced data from Kantar, which revealed that a significant portion of the Filipino population still watches television. With 21.7 million households and 92.9 million individuals engaged in television viewing, there is tremendous potential for growth in the industry. Atty. Lopez encouraged Aliw Channel 23 to create compelling content that captivates viewers’ attention.
“As Aliw embarks on this new journey, rest assured that NTC will be supportive of your endeavors,” she said. Assuring Aliw Broadcasting Corporation of the NTC’s unwavering support, Atty. Lopez emphasized that the grant of authority to install, operate, and maintain digital TV broadcasting using Channel 23 was based on a thorough evaluation of the institution’s qualifications.
“The Filipino TV viewing public is eagerly awaiting to see what Aliw Channel 23 has to offer. This public sentiment should inspire your outfit to create awe-inspiring, truthful, educational, and uplifting content. This much, we owe to the Filipino people,” she expressed. “Not to worry, though, as I have trust and confidence in Aliw, as credible and responsible broadcast comes hand to hand in established institutions like yours. Just continue to do what you do best,” she added.
Aliw Broadcasting Corporation conveys its gratitude and appreciation to Commissioner Atty. Ella Blanca Lopez and to the National Telecommunications Commission for their warm support. The company promises to deliver truthful and informative news that will benefit the country.