National Telecommunications Commission (Philippines)

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National Telecommunications Commission
Pambansang Komisyon sa Telekomunikasyon
Agency overview
Formed July 23, 1979
Superseding agency Communications
Headquarters Agham Road, Diliman, Quezon City
Agency executive Gamaliel A. Cordoba, Commissioner
Parent agency Department of Transportation and Communications
Website www.ntc.gov.ph

The Philippines' National Telecommunications Commission (Filipino: Pambansang Komisyon sa Telekomunikasyon), abbreviated as NTC, is an agency of the Philippine government under the Department of Transportation and Communications responsible for the supervision, adjudication and control over all telecommunications services throughout the Philippines.

History[edit]

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is the government agency created under Executive Order No. 546 promulgated on July 23, 1979, and conferred with regulatory and quasi-judicial functions taken over from the Board of Communications and the Telecommunications Control Bureau which were abolished in the same Order.

Primarily, the NTC is the sole body that exercises jurisdiction over the supervision, adjudication and control over all telecommunications services throughout the country. For the effective enforcement of this responsibility, it adopts and promulgates such guidelines, rules, and regulations relative to the establishment operation and maintenance of various telecommunications facilities and services nationwide. Although independent insofar as its regulatory and quasi-judicial functions are concerned, the NTC remains under the administrative supervision of the Department of Transportation and Communications as an attached agency. However, with respect to its quasi-judicial functions, NTC's decisions are appealable only and directly to the Supreme Court of the Philippines.

  • 1927: Act No. 3396 known as the Ship Radio Station Law was enacted.The Radio Construction and Maintenance Section, the first radio regulatory office was charged to enforce the said law.
  • 1931: Act No. 3846 known as the Radio Control Law was enacted. The Radio Control Division in the Bureau of Post was created under the jurisdiction of the then Secretary of Commerce and Communications.
  • 1939: The Radio Control Division was transferred to the Department of National Defense which was organized pursuant to Executive Order No. 230.
  • 1947: The Radio Control Division was again transferred to the Department of Commerce and Industry which was created pursuant to Executive Order No. 230.
  • 1951: Republic Act 1476 was enacted abolishing the Radio Control Board.
  • 1962: Department Order 51 was issued changing the name of the Radio Control Division to the Radio Control Office.
  • 1972: The Board of Communications (BOC) was created under the Integrated Reorganization Law. It was the first quasi-judicial body with adjudicatory powers on matters involving telecommunications services.
  • 1974: The Radio Control Office was renamed the Telecommunications Control Bureau.
  • 1979: By virtue of Executive Order 546, the TCB and the BOC were integrated into a single entity now known as the National Telecommunications Commission. The Ministry of Transportation and Communications, which was created under the same Order has administrative jurisdiction over the NTC.
  • 1987: President Corazon Aquino issued Executive Order 125-A making the NTC an attached agency of the Department of Transportation and Communications.
  • 2004: President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued Executive Order 269 creating the Commission on Information and Communications Technology and transferring the NTC from the DOTC to the CICT.
  • 2005: President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued Executive Order 454 transferring the NTC back to the DOTC.
  • 2008: President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued Executive Order 648 transferring the NTC back to the CICT.
  • 2013: President Benigno Aquino III issued Executive Order ____ transferring the NTC back to the DOTC.

Head of Agency[edit]

Commissioner[edit]

The NTC is headed by a Commissioner appointed by the President.

List of Commissioners[edit]

Commissioner From To
Ceferino C. Carreon August 23, 1979 March 19, 1986
Tomas C. Reyes March 14, 1986 April 1, 1986
Rosauro V. Sibal April 2, 1986 March 22, 1987
Jose Luis A. Alcuaz March 23, 1987 November 12, 1989
Josefina T. Lichauco (acting) November 13, 1989 September 3, 1991
Mariano E. Benedicto II September 4, 1991 December 31, 1992
Simeon L. Kintanar January 7, 1993 January 31, 1998
Fidelo Q. Dumlao (acting) February 1, 1998 July 15, 1998
Ponciano V. Cruz, Jr. July 16, 1998 December 14, 1998
Joseph A. Santiago December 16, 1998 February 8, 2001
Agustin R. Bengzon (acting) February 12, 2001 February 25, 2001
Eliseo M. Rio, Jr. February 26, 2001 October 8, 2002
Armi Jane R. Borje October 28, 2002 January 16, 2004
Ronald O. Solis January 19, 2004 November 29, 2006
Abraham R. Abesamis November 30, 2006 August 10, 2007
Ruel V. Canobas August 13, 2007 August 2009
Gamaliel A. Cordoba August 2009 Present

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