The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) has sought the assistance of its Saudi counterpart in establishing the Philippines’ first government-run Muslim channel Salaam TV, an online report of Manila Bulletin said on April 12.
“This is one avenue they (Muslims) can voice out,” Andanar said, citing Mindanao’s situation as an offshoot of ‘lack of communication.’Duterte ordered the establishment of Salaam TV during his first State of the Nation Address (SONA). Apart from Salaam TV, Andanar is also planning to have Salaam Radio and Salaam Films.
With the dynamics of a Muslim channel being something new to the Philippine broadcast industry, Andanar requested Minister Adel for technical assistance and training for PCOO personnel.
According to the Palace, Adel agreed to give assistance to the PCOO as it will benefit the public and will make sure that it will happen.
“We are happy to assist, committed to help–to assist because it is between the benefit of the sides,” he explained.
“We make sure it happens. We want to give full assistance,” Adel added.
The Saudi minister also congratulated Andanar for working on Salaam TV and underscored the importance of “sending the right message,” especially one that is about peaceful co-existence.
Palace said a series of follow-up meetings are expected to take place leading to the singing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two countries in the area of information and communication, Manila Bulletin also said in its report.