NTC wants 30 radio stations to close shop

The National Telecommunications Commission 11 has recommended 30 radio stations in Davao region to stop operations due to lack of permit and for other violations.

NTC 11 Regional Director Nelson Canete said the recommendation for issuance of cease and desist order was a result of ocular investigation of radio stations operating in different cities and municipalities particularly in Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental , Davao del Norte, and Compostela Valley provinces.

The recommendations submitted to NTC central office do not yet include two radio stations in Davao City that use bamboo poles for their transmitters. These radio stations, which are still subject to further investigation, are located in Matina and Toril, Davao City.

“We have not yet inspected these stations, but even if they have papers, knowing that their tower transmitters are made of bamboo pole, I will recommend show cause or cease and desist order,” Cañete said.

Among those recommended were 10 radio stations in Davao del Sur, five in Davao del Norte, several others in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.

Canete said the NTC earlier approved CDO for two radio stations in Digos, one in Bansalan in Davao del Sur and one in Lupon, Davao Oriental.

Canete said some people have earned the notoriety of going on air using frequencies which can easily be spotted because everything is now digital unlike in the past when NTC will confiscate one device in the transmitter equipment to stop operation.

Others use frequency in Davao City but operate in Mati.

Cañete said there is a radio station in Davao Oriental owned by a congressman that has no permit yet.

He said these stations are not given frequency from the commission and they just grab it from the legal radio stations.

“Kini nga mga istasyon, wala gyud na tagai og frequency (These radio stations, we do not give them the frequency),” he said.

“Radio stations in Davao City, including Mati are their service area. So, we have to protect these legal radio stations to serve their service areas,” he said.(PNA)