NTC Radio Frequency Monitoring Briefing


Deputy Commissioner Delilah F. Deles of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) briefed KBP officers last March 3 on NTC’s radio frequency monitoring system, part of a grant from South Korea to create an interference-free radio environment for the Philippines. The NTC and the KBP have agreed to work together to monitor the broadcasts of radio stations in Metro Manila, initially, and eventually in other areas of the country to ensure the highest quality in their reception.

KBP Monthly General Membership Meeting


Chairman Andres D. Bautista of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) briefed KBP members on the 2016 elections during the KBP Monthly General Membership Meeting last March 15, 2016.




The KBP signed an agreement with the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication Foundation, Inc. last February 22, 2016 for a continuing education program for broadcasters through seminars and workshops to be conducted by the faculty of UP’s Broadcast Communication Department under the College of Mass Communication. Showing a signed copy of the agreement​ (center) ​are ​Ruperto S. Nicdao, Jr., president of KBP, and Elena E. Pernia, Ph.D., president of the UP College of Masscom Foundation. They are joined by​, from left, UP Prof. Rose T. Feliciano, KBP Performance Officer Virginia T. Velasco, ​Dr. Eulalio Guieb III, chairman of the UP Department of Broadcast Communication, and Prof. Christine Cox, Executive Director of ​the Foundation.​

Preparations Underway for the Second Presidential Debate on March 20

The five contenders for the highest office in the land in the 2016 elections are expected to face each other again in the second of a series of presidential debates called PiliPinas 2016 Debates being organized under the auspices of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) for the 2016 elections. The second debate will be held at the University of the Philippines in Cebu City on March 20, 2016. The debate will be produced by the TV5 network and print partner Philippine Star. It will be televised nationwide on TV5’s stations and aired simultaneously on member radio stations of the KBP at five o’clock in the afternoon on March 20, Sunday. The KBP is a co-organizer of the debates. The debate will also be live-streamed online by TV5 and the COMELEC.

Only two days after the first debate in Cagayan de Oro City last February 21, the COMELEC, led by Chairman Andres D. Bautista, and the KBP met with TV5 last February 24 at the COMELEC office to discuss preparations for the debate in Cebu City. They plan to *meet with the representatives of the presidential candidates on Thursday, this week, on the conduct of the March 20 debate.

Millions of Filipinos are expected to watch the second presidential debate which will be held in Cebu City on March 20. According to Kantar Media Philippines, the first presidential debate held in Cagayan de Oro City last February 21 was watched by more than 10.8-million television viewers nationwide. Kantar Media is a research firm specializing in media audience measurements. Kantar Media also undertakes radio audience research for KBP. (February 29, 2016)

KBP Radio Stations Asked to Simultaneously Air Presidential Debate

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The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) yesterday (February 18, 2016) issued a circular to all its members for the simultaneous airing on radio stations nationwide of the presidential debate to be held in Cagayan de Oro City at the Capitol University on February 21, Sunday, from 5:00PM to 7:00PM. The debate is the first in a series of presidential and vice-presidential debates, dubbed PiliPinas 2016 Debates, to be organized by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), the KBP, and the four major television networks: ABS-CBN, GMA, TV5, and CNN Philippines. The debate in Cagayan de Oro will be hosted by GMA.

The full text of the KBP circular which was signed by KBP President Ruperto S, Nicdao, Jr. and KBP National Board Chairman Herman Z. Basbaño is as follows:

“The first in a series of three presidential debates and one vice-presidential debate to be held as part of the 2016 elections, will be held in Cagayan de Oro City at the Capitol University on February 21, Sunday, at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The debate is being hosted by GMA Network. It is a privilege for the KBP to be part of this historic event, both in organizing it and in bringing the debates to the Filipino people.

The KBP is therefore requiring all members nationwide to simulcast the debates on their radio stations. You may hook up with the GMA station or KBP stations that are airing the debate in your area. Only radio stations are allowed to simulcast the debates. Television stations that belong to the networks that are hosting the debates are only allowed to replay. Television stations that are not part of the hosting networks must get the permission of the host network to replay.

For news coverage of the debates, media are allowed to use two minutes of excerpt from the debates for each report. The use of excerpts longer than two minutes is subject to the consent of the host network. Please refrain from making commentaries during the debate to avoid any undue bias in the perception of viewers and listeners. Everyone is expected to observe fairness in reporting and observe the standards under our Broadcast Code before, during, and after the event.

Let us all do our share in helping the Filipino people make a wise and intelligent choice in the 2016 elections. We owe it to our country.

Thank you for your compliance.”

Debates Meeting

Comelec Chairman Andres D. Bautista, together with the KBP and GMA Network discussed the debate rules for the Pilipinas Presidential Debates in a meeting along with representatives of the candidates last February 5. The first debate for presidential aspirants will be hosted by GMA Network in Cagayan de Oro City on February 21, while the other debates are scheduled in Cebu City on March 20, hosted by TV5, and Dagupan in Pangasinan on April 24, hosted by ABS-CBN, A debate for vice presidential candidates also will be held in Metro Manila on April 10.

Calling for Entries for the 24th Golden Dove Awards



The KBP is currently accepting entries for the 24th Golden Dove Awards!

For over twenty years, the KBP has been recognizing individuals and institutions that have made significant contributions to the advancement of the broadcast industry. Your station, program or on-air personality could be the next winner of these prestigious awards.

Entries for this year must be materials which aired from January 1 to December 31, 2015 only. Deadline for submission is February 15, 2016. In order to join, you may review the criteria, requirements and download the forms here.


Representatives of candidates for president in the May 2016 elections, except for Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Miriam Santiago, confirmed that their candidates will be participating in the debates to be organized by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), the KBP and the major television networks with their print media partners. In a meeting held January 20, 2016 at the COMELEC, representatives of presidential aspirants Jejomar Binay, Grace Poe, Mar Roxas and Roy Señeres said that their candidates will be participating in the debates scheduled on February 21 in Cagayan de Oro City, March 20 in Cebu City, and April 24 in Pangasinan. The participation of Poe in the debates is premised on the condition that the disqualification cases against her, now being heard by the Supreme Court, will be decided in her favor.

The representatives of Duterte and Santiago were not able to commit the participation of the candidates in the debates, although they said that they will recommend it.

The representatives of all the candidates for vice-president also confirmed that their principals will be participating in the vice-presidential debate to be held in Metro Manila on April 10, possibly in the University of Santo Tomas in Manila or University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.

In the meeting on January 20, the COMELEC, led by Chairman Andres D. Bautista, the KBP, headed by Board Chairman Herman Z. Basbaño, and the representatives of television networks, discussed the proposed debate rules with the candidates’ representatives. The COMELEC, KBP, and GMA Network will meet with the candidates’ representatives on February 5 to discuss in more detail the preparations for the first debate in the series, which will be held on February 21 in Cagayan de Oro City.

The debates will be aired live nationwide on television and radio and will be streamed online for free access by the public. The debates will also be replayed by television stations on different dates.

The debates are being organized under the auspices of Republic Act 9006, also known as the Fair Election Act. Section 7 of the Act authorizes the COMELEC to require national television and radio networks to sponsor at least three debates for presidential candidates and one debate for vice-presidential candidates. The same Act also empowers the COMELEC to promulgate rules and regulations for the holding of the debates. The KBP was tapped by the COMELEC to help coordinate the organization of the debates.


The Commission on Elections (COMELEC),  Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) and the four major television networks – ABS-CBN, GMA, Nine Media (CNN Phhilippines), and TV5 – signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA), last January 13 to formalize the plans to organize public debates for the presidential and vice-presidential candidates for the May 2016 elections.

The agreement followed several months of discussions among the COMELEC, KBP and the networks on how to put up the debates. The Fair Elections Act, Republic Act 9006, authorizes the COMELEC to require national television and radio networks to host at least three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate within the campaign period. The goal is to help voters in making well-informed decisions on the issues of the elections.


KBP Officers and Trustees 2016


The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (Association of Broadcasters of the Philippines) or KBP elected its Officers and Trustees for 2016 during its Top Level Management Conference last November 25, 2015. At the Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay.  The new KBP Officers and Trustees pose with the conference Keynote Speaker, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez.  From left: Fr. Manuel Bongayan, SVD, Treasurer; Joselito G. Yabut, Corporate Secretary; Francis L. Cardona, Executive Vice President; Ruperto S. Nicdao, Jr., President; Herman Z. Basbaño, Chairman; Chinky De Castro-Alcedo, Vice President for Television; Butch Canoy, Vice Chairman; Sec. Jimenez; Dino Jacinto M. Laurena, TLMC Chairperson; Atom L. Henares, Director and Noel Galvez, Director. Not shown in the ppicture is Engr. Erwin Galang, Director.