P130M worth of equipment from China to be installed in state-run radio stations

STATE-owned radio stations around the country will be getting a facility upgrade after the government received a donation of radio broadcast equipment from China worth more than P130 million.

The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) on Friday said that Radyo Pilipinas (RP) stations across the country will be getting a revamp as most of its radio broadcast equipment already need replacing.

“We conceptualized the radio rehab program after going around the country and seeing that the status of our radio stations under the Philippine Broadcasting Service are not as inviting anymore,” José Ruperto Martín M. Andanar, PCOO chief, said. “I am happy to announce that we are launching the radio rehabilitation program here in Butuan City. This is the first time that we are doing this.”

Andanar thanked the Chinese government for its donation, which included booth sound panels, microphones,headphones and radio consoles.

He earlier said the first station to undergo rehabilitation will be RP-Butuan.

The PCOO eyes to rehabilitate ten RP AM stations and four RP FM stations nationwide. Aside from Butuan, among those mentioned to be part of the radio rehabilitation program are stations in Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Cebu, Tawi-Tawi and Batanes.

Andanar said that the equipment for the AM stations are courtesy of Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines HE Zhao Jianhua. The equipment for the FM stations are included in the P130-million donation signed last week.

The donation was among the six bilateral documents signed between the Philippines and China during the state visit of Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua in the country from October 22 to October 24.

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