ABS-CBN TVplus to activate emergency broadcast system during MMDA's July 30 metro-wide earthquake drill

Jul 28, 2015
Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino (left) and ABS-CBN COO Carlo Katigbak

ABS-CBN TVplus aims to aid the public during disasters by providing important information that can help save lives.

In a statement provided by ABS-CBN Corporate Communications department, it disclosed that the Kapamilya Network will activate an emergency broadcast warning system (EBWS) this month.

ABS-CBN TVplus will issue emergency warning messages to viewers and telling them what they should do when an impending earthquake hits.

To help the public get prepared for the possibility of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, ABS-CBN TVplus has partnered with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for the metro-wide earthquake drill on July 30.

During the drill, subscribers of ABS-CBN TVplus will receive a warning message flashed on their TV screens and will deliver more information about the activity.

The EWBS is a feature readily installed in the Japanese standard for digital television. It is used in Japan, which is vulnerable to geohazards but has undertaken measures to mitigate their potential impact.

“We believe ABS-CBN can make a difference in helping the public become more informed and prepare for emergencies and disasters. We hope that our early warning broadcast system can become an integral part of all government efforts to ensure the safety of the general public,” said ABS-CBN COO Carlo Katigbak.

“This is huge. Four hundred thousand black box holders will have necessary awareness of what will happen on July 30. This will be a great help to the general public, especially to those who are uninformed, untrained, and unaware of the significance of what will happen. We assure you that even after a real quake occurs, the significance of this partnership will last,” said MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino.

The warning message will only flash when the TV is tuned in to ABS-CBN, ABS-CBN Sports+Action, as well as CineMo, Yey!, Knowledge Channel, and DZMM TeleRadyo, the four free premium channels offered by ABS-CBN TVplus.

ABS-CBN TVplus is the first and only brand to offer EWBS, a premium public service feature that is only available on ABS-CBN TVplus boxes.

ABS-CBN commercially rolled out ABS-CBN TVplus last February to prepare for the country’s switch to digital TV. It is the first TV network to offer the digital TV box in the country after having invested heavily in infrastructure and test broadcast activities in the past seven years.

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Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino (left) and ABS-CBN COO Carlo Katigbak
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