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Due to a public safety issue, the IBC-13 transmission tower was decommissioned.

MANILA, Philippines — According to a Palace official, the transmission tower of the state-owned television network Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC-13) was decommissioned because it posed a “danger to public safety.”

IBC-13 President, CEO, and Board Member Hexilon Alvarez indicated to Acting Presidential Spokesperson and Communications Secretary Martin Andanar that contractor Althea Construction had to remove the IBC-13 transmission tower in San Francisco Del Monte, Quezon City as an “emergency” operation.

“Ayon kay Hex Alvarez, ang Althea na mag-dismantle ng nasabing tower ayon kay Hex Alvarez, walang technological capability.” Isang emergency ay ang nangyari. Condemned building ito at 3×6 rusty steel plate ang nalaglag mula mula sa tower (According to Hex Alvarez, Althea lacks the technical expertise to destroy said tower.) This was a life-threatening situation. This is a condemned structure, and a corroded steel plate of around 3×6 inches fell from the tower),” he explained.

The transmission tower was also designated “hazardous and disastrous” by the Building Inspection Division, according to Andanar, posing a threat to public safety.

Under Republic Act (RA) 9184 and its 2016 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations, the deconstruction and disposal of transmission power is deemed “divestment/disposal” and not a procurement activity, according to the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC).

“As a result, IBC must guarantee that both [Commission on Audit] Circulars No. 89-296 and 86-265 are followed. We remind IBC that the divestment/disposal of its transmission tower must primarily be done through public auction “In its contract assessment, the OGCC stated.

The PCOO’s media arm is made up of the IBC and sister media organizations People’s Television Network and Philippine Broadcasting Service.

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