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. All presidential aspirants, except for Sen. Miriam Santiago, have confirmed their participation in the debates 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.

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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.


September 26, 2015

Herman Z. Basbaño The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is tapping the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) to help in organizing the debates for presidential and vice-presidential candidates in the 2016 elections. KBP Board Chairman Herman Z. Basbaño said the KBP will be helping the COMELEC in formulating the rules and policies for conducting the debates and in coordinating the activities of the broadcast networks in organizing the debates. Republic Act 9006, or the Fair Elections Act, authorizes the COMELEC to require national television and radio networks to sponsor at least three national debates among presidential candidates and at least one national debate among vice-presidential candidates during the campaign. The KBP is the biggest national organization of radio and television networks and stations in the country.

COMELEC Chairman Andres D. Bautista met with the KBP and the representatives of the major broadcast networks last September 21 to discuss initial plans for the 2016 debates. He proposed that the three debates for presidential candidates will be staged in different parts of the country, the first one in Mindanao, the second in the Visayas and the third in Luzon, and the vice-presidential debate in Metro Manila. Each of the three major networks—ABS-CBN, ABC TV5, and GMA—was asked to take the lead in organizing a presidential debate, while CNN (RPN) was asked to take the lead in organizing the vice-presidential debate. All radio and television stations are expected to broadcast the debates. The lead networks were also expected to provide access to the debate to print and online media.

The COMELEC chairman asked the KBP to draft the rules and policies for organizing the debates and help thresh out issues and problems that may arise among the networks in organizing the debates. Basbaño assured the COMELEC chairman of the full cooperation of KBP members in making the debates a success.


The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) led the annual simultaneous and nationwide tree planting activity called “Oplan Broadcastreeing” last August 2015.

The KBP chapters and volunteers planted at least 37,350 tree seedlings and saplings in protected areas, watersheds, and sites. Over 7,700 volunteers helped in 30 cities and provinces including Rizal, Ilocos Norte, Tuguegarao City, Pangasinan, Baguio City, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Naga City, Albay, Roxas City, Aklan, Eastern Samar, Dipolog, Cagayan de Oro, and Bukidnon.

To date, “Oplan Broadcastreeing” has planted more than 200,000 assorted tree seedlings and saplings. KBP chairman Herman Z. Basbaño started the project in 2009 to address the country’s environmental degradation. The project supports the government’s National Greening Program, which aims to plant 1.5 billion trees by 2016.

“Oplan Broadcastreeing” was made possible through the cooperation of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Office of the President, Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Metro Manila Development Authority, and the local government units; and support of the St. Pedro Poveda College, De La Salle University – College of St. Benilde, Liga ng Brodkaster, Junior Chamber International, McDonald’s, Alaska Milk Corporation, San Miguel Corporation, Universal Robina Corporation, Asia Brewery Incorporated, and Pepsi Cola.

Oplan Broadcastreeing 1“Kasangga ng Oplan Broadcastreeing” – At the Pililla Wind Farm in Rizal, veteran broadcaster Rey Langit is a regular supporter of this KBP project.

Oplan Broadcastreeing 2In Apostol Hill, Barangay Barobo, Bukidnon

Oplan Broadcastreeing 3Oplan Broadcastreeing in Bukidnon – Volunteers plant Ipil-Ipil, Caliandra, and Mahogany seedlings.

Oplan Broadcastreeing 4Oplan Broadcastreeing in Camarines Sur – KBP CamSur Chapter Chairman Edwin Lara along with other officers plants at least 5,000 Mahogany, Pili, and Narra saplings in Sitio Matan, Gaongan, Sipocot, Camarines Sur.


September 16, 2015

The KBP has asked the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to reserve the radio frequency of 87.5 megahertz for the exclusive use of schools. During the last administration, the NTC had agreed to this position but, according to KBP Legal Counsel Atty. Rudolph Jularbal, the KBP felt the need to reiterate its position due to reports that some radio operators want to use the frequency for commercial operations. The position was contained in a letter sent by KBP to Commissioner Gamaliel A. Cordoba in August of this year.

In the letter, the KBP said that the government has a responsibility to ensure that a scare natural resource, which the radio frequencies are, should be partly allocated for non-commercial education. The 87.5 megahertz frequency is the last frequency in the FM band. KBP also said that if the NTC assigns the frequency to commercial operators, this will displace the schools that have already been authorized by the NTC to use the frequency for their low-power campus stations.

The KBP also said that KBP members who originally applied for the frequency have decided to put aside their applications because of the KBP position, suggesting that it would be unfair to them if the NTC decides to consider new applications for the frequency now.


The Golden Dove Awards honored the best of the broadcast media for 2013 during awards ceremonies last April 29, 2014 at the Star City Theatre in Pasay City. The awards capped the celebration of Broadcasters’ Month and the 41st founding anniversary of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), the association of the broadcast media in the Philippines.

22nd_gda_1Niño Padilla of DYEZ-AM receives the Golden Dove Award for Best AM Station-Provincial. KBP Chairman Ruperto Nicdao, Jr. presented the award.22nd_gda_2March Ventosa of ABS-CBN receives Golden Dove Best Metro Manila TV Station Award.

The Golden Dove Awards was established 22 years ago by the KBP to encourage excellence and high professional standards in the broadcast media as well as to promote more responsible broadcasting. The winners of the Golden Dove Awards, except for the Lifetime Achievement Award, are chosen yearly by a Board of Judges whose members come from the sectors which significantly influence the values reflected by the broadcast media: youth, government, academe, advertising, and religious sectors. The recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award is decided by the KBP Board of Trustees.


The winners of the Golden Dove trophy this year were led by ABS-CBN, which garnered a total of 24 awards, 17 for television and 7 for radio, including Best TV Station (Metro Manila), Best TV Newscast (Metro Manila), Best TV-Newscast (Provincial), and Best Radio Newscast (Metro Manila).

Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) got five awards including Best AM Station (Metro Manila), Best AM Station (Provincial), Best FM Station (Provincial), Best Radio Newscast (Provincial), and Best Radio Culture and Arts Program.

For the fourth straight year, DYRX-93.1 “Monster Radio” of Audiovisual Communications won the Best FM Station award, aside from winning four other awards: Best Radio Variety Program, Best Radio Comedy Program, Best Radio Public Service Program Host, Best Radio Variety Program Host.

This year, the Golden Dove Lifetime Achievement Award for broadcasting was given by the KBP to Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III, Board Chairman of ABS-CBN Corporation. His father Eugenio Lopez, Jr. was conferred the same award in 1998.

The Ka Doroy Broadcaster of the Year Award was given to Angelo Palmones of MBC.

See List of Winners >>


Local Chapter Leaders of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) from all over the country focused on the role of broadcast media in preparing local communities for natural disasters and in mitigating the impact of climate change during the 17th Cerge Remonde Chapter Leaders Conference last April at the Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay City.

Although broadcasting has a nationwide reach, most broadcasts are oriented to the local community and the local audiences’ needs and concerns. This makes broadcast stations, especially radio, a powerful force in mobilizing the populace during natural calamities and emergencies. Member stations of the KBP are organized into Chapters to facilitate the implementation of programs and projects of the broadcast media association.


Station Managers from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao during the KBP Local Chapters Conference in Tagaytay last April. Seated at center is KBP President Herman Z. Basbaño. To his right is Dr. Cecille Dy, KBP Trustee.

Media Invaluable

During the conference, Dr. Cedric Daep, Executive Director of the Climate Change Academy in Albay province shared the lessons learned by the province on how media can play an effective role not only during but also before and after the occurrence of natural disasters. Albay, under the helm of Governor Joey Salceda, has been recognized by international and local developmental agencies, including the UN, for its successful management of disaster risks.

Daep said that the media has a valuable role in minimizing the number of casualties and the amount of damage during disasters and in reducing uncertainty and the cost of undertaking efforts to reduce risks during disasters. Daep said that local media is invaluable in helping find people who need to be rescued or helped during disasters. He said that media is also important in helping assess risks and damages and in improving policies on disaster risk reduction and management.

Emergency-Preparedness Infochart

During the conference, Director Renato Solidum of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) briefed participants on the Emergency-Preparedness Infochart — a manual designed particularly for broadcasters to understand and properly communicate information on natural hazards, including floods, typhoons, storm surges, earthquakes and tsunamis. disasters such as tsunami, volcanic eruptions, and landslides. Solidum said the Philippines ranks No. 3 among countries most exposed to natural hazards according to the World Risks Report for 2012.