Malacanang sets dialogue with RPN-9 union

Posted at 02/20/11 6:27 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Presidential Communications and Operation Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. is set to hold another dialogue with the labor union of the Radio Philippines Network (Channel 9) as part of the government’s privatization blueprint.

The dialogue is scheduled on Tuesday, February 22.

Coloma said he earlier directed network managers to “call on the union leaders anew to explain programs aimed at making the network’s operations more viable in order to address the employees’ needs.”

Coloma, who earlier held a two-hour meeting with 15 leaders of the RPN-9 employees union last January 31, said the meeting on Tuesday is part of the government’s continuing efforts to finally privatize RPN-9 and sister station IBC (Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation) Channel 13.

The meeting on Tuesday is meant to discuss plans on how to improve the station’s financial status in order to be more attractive to potential investors.

The sale of the TV stations could boost the country’s coffers, as the government tries to control a ballooning budget deficit.

Critics say the government can make do with 1 station rather than subsidizing 2 more. Another state-controlled station is the National Broadcasting Network (Channel 4).