by BiliranIsland.com Staff
First Posted 17:44:00 02/05/2011
When the live-stream broadcast of Radyo Natin-Naval went off two weeks ago, some browsers of www.biliranisland.com based abroad asked for the reason of the sudden silence by text message and in some blogged items. We relayed the word and we were informed by the RN staff that the computer monitor that facilitates the live-stream broadcast is out of order and needs replacement. We thought the problem could be addressed promptly, like other broadcast-related problems of RN. But when two weeks had lapsed and the silence remained, we took the initiative of posting the now-controversial note soliciting help that could resume the live-stream broadcast.
A blogger, ichiro, soon wrote that this was a problem that can be addressed by RN without soliciting a donation as proposed by this website. The blog was promptly answered by Michael Aguilos, the RN station manager. He claimed that the live-streaming is a feature of this website and not of the station, and that they do not get anything from this (which was qualified in centavos).
We would like to tell our audience that this website does not also earn from the live-streaming feature; in fact, we spend for this feature, and its expense is shouldered by relatives. But we carry this live-streaming feature because this is much-demanded by Biliranons now based in foreign lands, mostly as OFWs. They need word from home, apart from what they read in this website and its blogged items.
The RN manager said that live-streaming is not their concern, and that their main concern is merely to serve the Biliranons the best way they can. There are certain contradictions and loopholes in this statement. We do not have to sing a pattern of the “May pulis sa ilalim sa tulay” song to tell our point, that the OFW listeners are as much entitled to listen to RN broadcasts as the folks back home – that they support – and who listen to the RN broadcasts (within the station’s physical reach) – with the equipment they bought – and powered with electricity or batteries shouldered by their remittances. They also pay a lot of indirect taxes apart from E-VAT from the purchases of the people they left behind. And some of these taxes go to some offices which pay for their radio programs in RN. Can you still hear the strains of the “May pulis …” tune?
Our Biliranon OFWs are also Biliranons, and they likewise deserve access to RN broadcasts in exchange for the economic bounties they send home, which incidentally help prop up the local economies, the different levels of government, and even RN.
Let us not just look at the golden egg. Let us also cast some glance at the goose that lays it. Let the live-streaming of RN’s broadcast in www.biliranisland.com resume.