ABS-CBN TVplus partners with gov't agencies for real-time alerts

Jessica Fenol, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 26 2019 11:15 AM | Updated as of Jul 26 2019 01:17 PM

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ABS-CBN, MMDA, PAGASA and NDDRRMC officials during the signing ceremony of the INFOplus partnership. July 26, 2019. Jessica Fenol, ABS-CBN News

MANILA – ABS-CBN TVplus on Friday announced its partnership with the country’s weather, traffic and disaster management bureaus to give millions on its digital TV platform access to useful and life-saving alerts without an internet connection.

Through INFOPlus, TVplus users will get real-time alerts from weather bureau PAGASA, the Metro Manila Development Authority, and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, ABS-CBN said.

Announcements on class suspensions, prices of commodities provided by ABS-CBN News as well as job alerts delivered by TrabaHanap will also be accessible on INFOplus, the network said.

"Digital TV is not just providing crystal clear reception. For ABS-CBN TVplus, it is also about making our users informed with important and helpful information without additional costs,” ABS-CBN head of Access Charles Lim said.

INFOplus will also post blue-collar job opportunities from Trabahanap.com, Lim said.

Information mirrored from news.abs-cbn.com, and Twitter pages of MMDA, PAGASA and MMDA are updated every 15 minutes.

“Sa panahon ng sakuna napakahalaga niyan (That's important during times of disaster). There is no substitute for preparation and more than preparation, the real-time knowledge ng mga nangyayari,” MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said.

Users can access information by pressing the red button on their TVPlus remote labeled DATA or AUD.

“Hindi naman kasi lahat may internet, may WiFi or smartphone. So sa pamamagitan nito, mayroon na namang additional source ang mga kababayan natin para makuha ang mga balita," said ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs head Ging Reyes.

(Not everyone has access to the internet, WiFi or smartphone. Through this, our countrymen will have an additional news source.)

A total of 8 million TVplus boxes were sold as of July this year.

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