By Gabriela Baron
The De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (CSB) School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies (SDEAS) aired support for ABS-CBN after the network’s closure.
“The network’s closure means fewer deaf-friendly news sources for the Filipino deaf,” CSB-SDEAS said in Facebook post.
CSB-SDEAS also said that watching news programs, particularly ones with Filipino Sign Language interpreting insets gave “a semblance of security and a sense of comfort” during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Much has yet to be done in making local media fully accessible to deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, but ABS-CBN has long journeyed with us in attempting to make this possible,” it added.
The institution also underscored the importance of access to information during the time of COVID-19.
ABS-CBN went off air on May 5, Tuesday night, after the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) ordered the network to stop operations due to the expiry of its legislative franchise the day before. The shutdown covers five AM radio stations, 18 FM radio stations, and 42 TV stations.
CSB-SDEAS urged the NTC to reconsider its decision and to issue the broadcast network a provisional authority to operate.
This is the second time ABS-CBN was forced to close, the first time was in September 1972, when the then-President Ferdinand Marcos placed the country under martial law.