Palace to set up emergency broadcast system in Tacloban

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An emergency broadcast system will be established in Tacloban City to speed up the government’s disaster response efforts.
Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. told reporters Thursday “the government is fast-tracking the establishment of a one kilowatt emergency broadcast system in Tacloban City to serve as a round-the-clock facility” for survivors still looking look for missing relatives, and to ensure faster delivery of goods.
Coloma said the government is also setting up a media center to facilitate local and foreign media get information and interview government officials.
The government has asked permission from the Philippine Air Force to use its military transmitter, while the Manila Broadcasting Company and the Far East Broadcasting Corporation offered their facilities in Tacloban and neighboring areas for public service broadcasting, Coloma said.
He appealed to media to help verify information and filter “what is true and untrue” in disaster-hit areas.
“As we buckle down to perform our tasks, we are inundated by a continuing stream of information. We request our partners in media and communication for assistance in verifying raw information and filtering what is true from what is untrue,” Coloma said.

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CATHERINE S. VALENTE

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