National Telecommunications Commission (Philippines)
|Pambansang Komisyon sa Telekomunikasyon|
|Formed||July 23, 1979|
|Headquarters||Agham Road, Diliman, Quezon City|
|Agency executive||Gamaliel A. Cordoba, Commissioner|
|Parent agency||Department of Transportation and Communications|
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.
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
The NTC is headed by a Commissioner appointed by the President.
List of Commissioners
|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|