• The coming inauguration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on June 30 will be available via livestream on Facebook
  • Duterte’s communication team had met with the Facebook Public Policy for Asia Pacific head  to discuss the livestream plan
  • Ernesto Abella also confirmed that Facebook will be given the privilege to do a full coverage from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. primarily for the benefit OFWs

MANILA, Philippines – Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and other Filipinos around the globe won’t be left out on the coming inauguration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on June 30 as it will be available via livestream on Facebook, Duterte’s chief spokesperson has confirmed on Wednesday.

“The streaming of the inauguration on Facebook is mainly for those who don’t have access to television and radio in the Philippines,” said Martin Andanar, the incoming Presidential Communications head, during a press briefing in Davao City.

“In other words, those outside the country, the OFWs, the millions of Filipinos who follow the President,” he added.

Trisha Macas mentioned in her article for GMA News that Duterte’s communication team had met with Elizabeth Hernandez, the Facebook Public Policy for Asia Pacific head, last Tuesday to discuss the livestream plan.

Andanar explained that livestreaming Duterte’s inauguration on Facebook is also a way for the next administration to keep up with the 21st century.

“We are in the 21st century. That’s the new medium. That’s just part of the menu. With 51 million Filipinos on Facebook, it is just practical to stream it there,” Andanar said.

Andanar further revealed that their discussion also included using the livestream feature to cover the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on the fourth Monday of July which falls on the 25th, as well as other important events of the Duterte administration.

An article by Antonio L. Colina IV for Minda News said that incoming Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella also confirmed that Facebook will be given the privilege to do a full coverage from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. primarily for the benefit of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and also those who don’t have television and radio but owns mobile phones.

President Duterte plans to take his oath at 12 noon and deliver a message shortly after.

Meanwhile, Andanar revealed that Facebook might have to suspend some restrictions on this feature to allow a seamless coverage.

“But Facebook will have to study if they can tweak the settings because usually when you go live, after 90 minutes it turns off and you have to switch it on again for a new live event. She is going to talk to their technical [team]. Apart from that also is a possibility of having to push the event on the Facebook [community[ so more people can watch it,” Andanar said.

Andanar said the live streaming of the inauguration is the first in Asia, and Facebook might use the Philippines as its testing pad for their new “social television” platform. Andanar also claimed that the last Philippine election was among the “biggest Facebook events” in Asia and the world.