The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has started its crackdown on illegal radio stations while the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), the association of the broadcast media in the Philippines, asked its Local Chapters nationwide to submit a list of suspected illegal stations in their areas.

image002NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba speaks to KBP members as KBP president Herman Z. Basbaño listens.

Last July 8, NTC officers, accompanied by operatives of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation Group (PNP-CIDG), inspected a suspected site of an illegal radio station at One South Triangle Building at the corner of Panay Avenue and Sgt. Esguerra Street in Quezon City. The NTC had earlier monitored broadcast signals on the unauthorized frequency of 107.9 MHz emanating from the building. Upon inspection, the NTC was able to identify broadcast equipment, including transmitting antennas and cables, headsets, radio receivers, and speakers.

NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba told members of the KBP during the association’s monthly meeting last July 17 that NTC will conduct similar actions in the provinces. He said that the Commission has already directed its regional officers to shut down illegally-operating stations in their areas. When told by some KBP members during told the commissioner that many of the illegal radio stations are owned by local politicians, Cordoba said that the NTC will go after them despite this and asked for KBP’s support in going after the illegal operators.

The KBP is now completing a list of suspected illegal stations based on reports from its Local Chapters. The list will be endorsed to the NTC for action.