BATANGAS CITY – The local version of TV Patrol, an early evening news program of broadcasting firm ABS-CBN, was formally launched on Monday (August 31) here in Batangas City, coinciding with the celebration of the National Heroes Day.
Woodrow Francia, TV-10 Batangas station manager, said that with the aim of informing more viewers about the current issues in Region 4, ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol Southern Tagalog will offer news reports that cover Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon as well as the Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque,Romblon and Palawan).
“The said program, which runs every Monday to Friday at 5:20-5:50 in the afternoon, can be watched simultaneously on TV-24 Lucena (Quezon), TV- 46 San Pablo (Laguna), TV- 11 San Jose (Occ. Mindoro), TV- 40 Jala Jala (Rizal) and TV 10 Batangas City (Batangas) bringing political, public service, cultural, entertainment news and more,” Francia told the Star.
Francia said part of the formal launching of TV Patrol-Southern Tagalog was the Kalusugan Patrol, a medical and dental mission held Sunday at Bgy. Dalahican in Lucena City , which served at least 500 indigent beneficiaries.
“This public service was in partnership with the AFP Southern Luzon Command and the City Health Office. Milk feeding was conducted as part of the public service that will benefit children, most especially the undernourished” Francia added.
Monday's activity started with a motorcade along the major streets in Batangas City, followed by the blessing of the ABS-CBN Batangas hub at Philam Life Building , Hilltop Avenue, Batangas City .
Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto and Batangas City Mayor Eddie Dimacuha were scheduled to join the ribbon cutting together with ABS-CBN RNG (Regional Network Group) Luzon Cluster Head Atty. Abigail Querubin-Aquino and RNG News Head & ANC Anchor Mr. Stanley Palisada.
The news team, consisting of Sarita Kare of Bicol, and homegrown talents Joan Panopio of San Pascual, Batangas and Tina Ganzon of Ibaan, Batangas, was also introduced.
Umagang Kay Ganda Host and DZMM news anchor Alex Santos was the guest anchor for the TV Patrol Southern Tagalog launch.
A day-long registration for “ Boto Mo, Ipatrol Mo ” was also conducted at the Lyceum University of the Philippines-Batangas and at the Quezon Capitol Grounds in Lucena City .
"Boto Mo Ipatrol Mo: Ako ang Simula" seeks to encourage people to register and take an active part for change in the upcoming 2010 national elections. The Commission on Elections also held a satellite voters registration for residents.