NTC and KBP Pushes on Cracking Down Illegal Radio Stations in PH

The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) and the National Telecommunications Communication (NTC) are helping each other in fighting the expected surge of illegal broadcast stations across the country in view of the coming midterm elections.

“This is year 2018 and there’s usually a proliferation of illegal broadcast stations leading to election day in May next year,” said Erwin V. Galang, head of the technical committee and trustee of the KBP.

Majority of the administrative cases the NTC handles under its mandate are cease and desist and show cause orders against illegal broadcast stations, and according to Deputy Commissioner Edgardo Cabarios, the NTC’s previous cooperation and coordination with the KBP has led to the crackdown of fly-by-night broadcast stations, mostly in the provinces, who had victimized unsuspecting candidates to buy airtime for their political advertisements. These illegal broadcasters usually disappear after they received payment for the political ads.

Historically, we can see a steep increase in the number of cases in broadcast services in relation to unlicensed broadcasts leading to the election campaign period. What we do is we immediately issue cease-and-desist and show-cause orders against these illegal operators, forcing them to shut down their stations, while others simply disappear,” Cabarios said.

In the 2017 report by the Commission on Audit (COA, majority of the cases were administrative complaints initiated by NTC for violations of erring radio stations with almost 2,054 cases in the broadcast services division.

According to Auditor Ma. Jocelyn Factora, COA’s 2017 resident auditor in the NTC, majority of the pending administrative cases represented cases filed by NTC against illegal broadcast stations, and not cases from telco consumers. “The pending telco-related cases from consumers are very minimal.”

As of 31 December 2017, there are only 148 telco consumer cases pending before the NTC’s Legal Office which are now subject of review and resolution.

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COMELEC Ready for 2013 Voters Registration

Philippine’s next National and Local Elections will be on May 2013 already so to those who have not registered yet or those whose age are qualified to vote by 2013 it’s high time for you to visit CDO‘s COMELEC office and register. We all know how messy it can get should we decide register on the 11th hour. I have seen the longest line of registrants and I have no intentions of going through that misery again!

For more information, please visit or call the CITY COMELEC OFFICE at Burgos-Cruz Taal Streets, Cagayan de Oro City (Tel. No. 725-798). Kagay-anon lihok na!

Nagsimula na noong Mayo 2, 2011 ang voters registration period sa buong bansa, maliban lamang sa Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Maaaring magparehistro hanggang October 31, 2012.

Sa loob ng registration period, ang sinumang may labingwalong taong gulang na pataas sa araw ng o bago sumapit ang eleksyon ng Mayo 13, 2013 ay maaari nang magparehistro bilang mga bagong botante. Tatanggapin na rin ang mga aplikasyon para sa correction of entries, change of name at transfer of registration records.

Para naman sa rehistradong botante na, maaari na ring ipa-Validate ang ating mga rehistro para masegurong makakaboto tayo sa susunod na eleksyon.

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