National Telecommunications Commission (Philippines)

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National Telecommunications Commission
Pambansang Komisyon sa Telekomunikasyon
National Telecommunications Commission.svg
Agency overview
Formed July 23, 1979
Headquarters BIR Road, East Triangle, Diliman, Quezon City
Agency executive
  • Gamaliel A. Cordoba, Commissioner
Parent agency Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT)
Website www.ntc.gov.ph

The Philippines' National Telecommunications Commission (Filipino: Pambansáng Komisyón sa Telekomunikasyón), abbreviated as NTC, is an attached agency of the Office of the President of the Philippines responsible for the supervision, adjudication and control over all telecommunications services throughout the country.

NTC is currently headed by Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba, who assumed office on August 2009, and served within the three administrations of former presidents Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Benigno Aquino III, and incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte.[1]

History[edit]

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) was 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.

Timeline[edit]

  • 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.
  • 2011: Benigno S. Aquino III issued Executive Order No. 47 (June 23, 2011) which retains the NTC under the Office of the President as part of the Other Executive Offices (OEO)
  • 2016: Benigno S. Aquino III signed Republic Act No. 10844 creating the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and making the NTC an attached agency of the newly created executive department.

Effectiveness[edit]

The National Telecommunications Commission has been “hands off” since 1995 with the passage of Republic Act No. 7925[2] which has effectively deregulated and privatized the telecom industry. It is argued, that the “hands off” approach resulted in the Philippines having one of the slowest Internet in Asia.[3] NTC itself stated the said law as "reason why the government has difficulty in regulating internet service today".[4]

Head[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 14, 1986
Tomas C. Reyes March 14, 1986 April 1, 1986
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 July 31, 2009
Gamaliel Asis Cordoba August 1, 2009 Present

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