By Hannah Torregoza
ABS-CBN Corporation president and chief executive officer Carlo Katigbak on Monday told the Senate public services committee that while the network’s business is committed to public service, they admit to not being a “perfect organization.”
Nevertheless, in the last 25 years of its franchise, Katigbak said ABS-CBN made every effort to deliver the kind of public service “that is meaningful and valuable to the Filipino people.”
“When Eugenio Lopez Jr. founded ABS-CBN, he decreed that ABS-CBN’s business was to be in public service. That statement led to a clear articulation of our long-standing mission, to be In the Service of the Filipino,” Katigbak said during the panel’s hearing on the ABS-CBN network’s franchise.
“Araw araw, lahat po kami sa ABS-CBN ay nagpapasalamat dahil sa pagkakataong magbigay serbisyo sa bawat Pilipino (Every day, all of us at ABS-CBN are thankful for the opportunity to provide service to each Filipino),” he further said.
“While our commitment to serve is genuine, we also acknowledge that we are not a perfect organization. Where we have shortcomings, we acknowledge them, and we work to correct them,” he pointed out.
Despite their shortcomings, the ABS-CBN executive said they give weight to their aim to provide public service.
“May pagkukulang man kami, mas matimbang ang aming adhikain na makapaglingkod (Though we have shortcomings, our goal to serve is greater).
We would also like to state that we have not broken the law or violated any of the provisions of our franchise,” he said.
He said ABS-CBN’s television shows entertain, inform, and inspire Filipino audiences, and in a recent Pulse Asia survey, 70 percent of all Filipinos tuned in to ABS-CBN last year.
“That to us is a validation that the shows we produce remain important and relevant to the public,” he said.
“Overseas, The Filipino Channel or TFC is one of the primary connections of our OFWs to the Philippines. More than three million individuals tune in to TFC to stay in touch with home, or to help ease the pain of their loneliness and sacrifice,” he said.
“We have used our resources and reach to help Filipinos wherever we can,” Katigbak stressed.
ABS-CBN, he said, is thankful that the Senate held the hearing and invited them to shed light on the issues that have been raised against them, especially by President Duterte.
“We are grateful for this chance and we are hopeful that our integrity and values as an organization will shine through,” he said.