President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte will have the distinction of being the first leader in the world whose inauguration will be broadcast through Facebook Live.
Not bad for someone who confesses to being a non-techie and having a “pislit-pislit (multi-tap)” phone up to now.
Incoming Communications Secretary Martin Andanar told reporters on Tuesday night that he had just met with Facebook’s public policy executives at The Marco Polo Davao to discuss the viability of livestreaming the inauguration on Facebook.
“We essentially talked about how Facebook could help us stream the entire inauguration on June 30 seamlessly,” he said.
Attending the meeting were Facebook Public Policy head for Asia Pacific Elizabeth Hernandez, Presidential spokesperson Ernie Abella, campaign finance head Paul Dominguez, and campaign social media director Nic Gabunada.
“We focused on the inauguration since the streaming of the inauguration through Facebook will be the first in Asia, if not in the world,” Andanar said.
He said the Facebook team is looking into the possibility of tweaking its internal system to allow continuous livestreaming of the event on June 30. The entire event will stretch from 10:30 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon.
“Facebook will study if they can tweak the settings because usually if you go on Facebook Live, after 90 minutes it turns off and you have to switch it on again on a new live event,” he said.
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Andanar said it is only fitting that Facebook be used because it was one of the primary campaign platforms of Duterte during his campaign.
“They’re (Facebook executives) very excited about it. We are also excited about it because we have 51 million Filipinos who are on Facebook and we have more than a billion people on Facebook,” he said.
“We will be announcing soon official page where the event will be streamed,” he said.
Andanar said the meeting also resulted in the possibility of forming a long-term relationship between Facebook and the incoming administration on broadcasting future events in Malacañang through Facebook Live.
After next week’s inauguration, the next big event is the State of the Nation Address (SONA), which will be Duterte’s first.
Duterte’s inauguration will be held at Rizal Hall and will be exclusively covered by state-owned RTVM. Andanar, however, had good news for commercial broadcast companies.
“We’ve given the go signal for the big network companies to have their own strategic place within the Palace grounds so that they can have their own stand uppers with the Palace as their background… We’ve already decided to give space outside for eight or nine national and international broadcast networks,” he said. Space will also be given where media can interview attendees.