UP launches online channel to fight fake news

Kimberly Jane Tan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 24 2016 06:44 PM

UP President Alfredo Pascual says TVUP will provide the best online content created by the university's community

MANILA - Hoping to battle misinformation on the Internet, the University of the Philippines on Thursday launched TVUP, an online television network that will stream educational programs for free.

The online channel, which is webcast worldwide, hopes to share the “best knowledge content” created by the UP community, according to university President Alfredo Pascual.

“We all know that our country is beset with many problems. [but] one way that universities like UP can help solve these problems is by creating these spaces, not just building classrooms and laboratories, but spaces like mindsets, values and attitudes,” Pascual said during its launch at the UP Diliman campus in Quezon City.

TVUP executive director Prof. Grace Alfonso said they hope to reclaim online spaces and offer alternatives to “trash” found online.

“So definitely [netizens will] have a choice and they [will] know what are genuine articles, genuine stories, scientific innovations and so on,” she said.

At least 10 programs will be offered by TVUP, including financial literacy program “Financial Sense,” law program “Batas at Bayan,” health education program “Kalusugan at Karapatan” and historical program “Kasaysayan at Kapangyarihan.”

Other programs such as “Science Innovators,” “Philippine Arts and Culture” and “The Platform,” on the other hand, will tackle culture, discoveries and important national issues.

TVUP will also air award-winning short films and documentaries on its programs “Maikling Pelikula” and “Documentaries: The Story of the Filipino.” A program named “Musikahan” will feature homegrown musical acts such as the UP Madrigal Singers, UP Singing Ambassadors and UP Concert chorus.

Alfonso said the university would talk to television networks about possibly carrying their programs in the future. She said they are also open to working with other universities in creating more content.

“We can only be successful if we partner…connect and move forward together in these digital times,” she said.

Funding for TVUP, however, will only be good for three years. After that, it must already be self-sustaining, thus its openness to partner with other agencies and institutions, she added.

TVUP is already live but its daily programming will begin in 2017.