Philippine Broadcasting Service

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Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Bureau of Broadcast Services (BBS)
Public (Government)
Industry Broadcast radio network
Predecessor Bureau of Broadcasts (1972-1986)
Founded 1947; 70 years ago (1947)
Headquarters Quezon City, Philippines
Key people
Rizal Giovanni "Bong" Aportadera, Jr.
(Director General)
Owner Philippine government (Presidential Communications Office)
Number of employees

Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS) (Filipino: Paglilingkod Panghimpapawid ng Pilipinas) is a radio network in the Philippines. It is owned by the Philippine government under the Presidential Communications Office.


On May 8, 1933, the United States-sponsored Insular Government established and operated radio station DZFM (then KZFM) in the Philippines on the frequency of 710 kilohertz with a power of 10,000 watts through the United States Information Service. In September 1946, two months after the Philippines became an independent country from the U.S.A., KZFM was turned over to the Philippine government. With the transfer was born the Philippine Broadcasting Service, PBS the second broadcasting organization after Manila Broadcasting Company.

The station was first operated by the Department of Foreign Affairs until it was transferred to the Radio Broadcasting Board (RBB) which was created by President Manuel Quezon on September 3, 1937. Meanwhile, in the same year, an international telecommunications conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey, reassigned the letter "D" to replace the former "K" as the initial call letter for all radio stations in the Philippines. In January 1942, the RBB was abolished to give way to the establishment of the Philippine Information Council (PIC) which then assumed the function of the RBB, including the operation of DZFM. In turn, the PIC was abolished on July 1, 1952, and since then, until the creation of the Department of Public Information (DPI) in 1959, DZFM and the Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS) had been operated under the Office of the President.

Over the years hence, the PBS had acquired 13 more radio stations, one TV station which it time-shared with two other organizations, and changed its name to Bureau of Broadcast Services.

At the same time that the BB was blazing a broadcasting trail now known as "network broadcasting", another government organization was building up its broadcast capability to rival, or in some instances, to complement, that of the BB. The National Media Production Center, NMPC, had acquired the facilities of the Voice of America in Malolos, Bulacan in 1965 and steadily brought the old complex up to standards by a steady overhaul, fine-tuning, and outright replacement of outmoded equipment and machines. The NMPC operated the Voice of the Philippines, VOP, on both medium wave-918 kHz and shortwave 9.810 mHz transmissions. In 1975, the NMPC obtained DWIM-FM. With this new station and some provincial stations that came under its wings earlier, the NMPC was a network and effectively covered a wide range of the Philippine listenership.

Public broadcasting in the Philippines was thus represented by the BB and the NMPC and catered to the educational and cultural needs of its audiences while endeavoring to keep it entertained with fare from indigenous material. Public service features were the keystone of its programs.

The BB and the NMPC were brought under one administrative roof in 1980 when the Office of Media Affairs was created to provide a loose union for both networks within the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center along Bohol (now Sgt. Esguerra) Avenue in Quezon City. It was not an ideal situation, to say the least, since, as there had been no clear guidelines on the proper implementation of their respective operational strategies, the BB and the NMPC often squabbled, to the detriment of public broadcasting goals.

After the EDSA Revolution, the Office of Media Affairs was abolished, followed by the NMPC, and finally, the BB. Under Executive Order No. 297, President Corazon Aquino established the Bureau of Broadcast Services (BBS) and reinstated PBS as the network were under the Office of the Press Secretary.

During Aquino administration, PBS transferred its office from ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center complex to PIA/Media Center Building in Visayas Avenue, Quezon City.

During his first State of the Nation Address, President Rodrigo Duterte will pass a law merging PBS with its TV counterpart, People's Television Network into the "People's Broadcasting Corporation (PBC)".

Radyo ng Bayan's platform[edit]

Radio ng Bayan is situated at 738 kHz on the AM band with a power of 50 kW, and operates 20 hours daily from 4 am to 12 mn under the Philippine Broadcasting Service - Bureau of Broadcast Services (PBS-BBS), Presidential Communications Office. As the government's flagship radio station it serves as a medium of development communication, a conduit between the government and the people, aiming to mobilize all sectors of society towards development and nationalism. Live government news is aired here.

PBS Stations in the Philippines[edit]

Radyo ng Bayan[edit]

Branding Call-Sign Frequency Power (kW) Location
Radyo ng Bayan Manila DZRB 738 kHz 50 kW Metro Manila
Radyo ng Bayan Baguio DZEQ 999 kHz 10 kW Baguio
Radyo ng Bayan Tabuk DZRK 1323 kHz 5 kW Tabuk, Kalinga
Radyo ng Bayan Bontoc DWFR 972 kHz 5 kW Bontoc, Mountain Province
Radyo ng Bayan Laoag DWFB 954 kHz 5 kW Laoag
Radyo ng Bayan Vigan DWAE 747 kHz 5 kW Vigan
Radyo ng Bayan Agoo DZAG 97.1 mHz 5 kW Agoo, La Union
Radyo ng Bayan Dagupan DZMQ 576 kHz 10 kW Dagupan
Radyo ng Bayan Tayug DWRS-AM 756 kHz 5 kW Tayug, Pangasinan
Radyo ng Bayan Batanes DWBT 1134 kHz 5 kW Basco, Batanes
Radyo ng Bayan Tuguegarao DWPE 729 kHz 10 kW Tuguegarao
Radyo ng Bayan Lucena DWLC 1017 kHz 10 kW Lucena
Radyo ng Bayan Palawan DWRM 648 kHz 10 kW Puerto Princesa
Radyo ng Bayan Naga DWRB-AM 549 kHz 10 kW Naga
Radyo ng Bayan Legazpi DWJS 621 kHz 5 kW Legazpi
Radyo ng Bayan Virac DWDF-FM 94.3 mHz 5 kW Virac, Catanduanes
Radyo ng Bayan Iloilo DYLL 585 kHz 15 kW Iloilo
Radyo ng Bayan Cebu DYMR 576 kHz 15 kW Cebu
Radyo ng Bayan Tacloban DYCT 102.3 mHz 5 kW Tacloban
Radyo ng Bayan Sogod DYSL 1170 kHz 5 kW Sogod, Southern Leyte
Radyo ng Bayan Calbayog DYOG 882 kHz 10 kW Calbayog
Radyo ng Bayan Borongan DYES 657 kHz 5 kW Borongan, Eastern Samar
Radyo ng Bayan Zamboanga DXMR 1170 kHz 10 kW Zamboanga
Radyo ng Bayan Cagayan de Oro DXIM 936 kHz 10 kW Cagayan De Oro
Radyo ng Bayan Gingoog DXRG-AM 1242 kHz 10 kW Gingoog
Radyo ng Bayan Davao DXRP 675 kHz 15 kW Davao
Radyo ng Bayan Butuan DXBN 792 kHz 5 kW Butuan
Radyo ng Bayan Tandag DXJS 837 kHz 5 kW Tandag, Surigao del Sur
Radyo ng Bayan Marawi DXSO 99.7 MHz 10 kW Marawi
Radyo ng Bayan Jolo DXSM 1224 kHz 5 kW Jolo, Sulu
Radyo ng Bayan Tawi-Tawi DXDC-FM 104.7 mHz 1 kW Bongao, Tawi-Tawi

Non-RNB stations[edit]

Branding Call-Sign Frequency Power (kW) Location
Sports Radio DZSR 918 kHz 50 kW Metro Manila
Radyo Magasin DZRM 1278 kHz 10 kW Metro Manila
FM1* (Test Broadcast)[1] D___ 87.5 MHz 1 kW Metro Manila
FM2 DWBR 104.3 MHz 25 kW Metro Manila

Affliate stations[edit]

Branding Call-Sign Frequency Power (kW) Location
Radyo ng Bayan Abra DWJL 102.9 MHz 5 kW Bangued, Abra
DWCI 105.1 FM Piddig DWCI 105.1 MHz 5 kW Piddig, Ilocos Norte
DWDA 105.3 Radyo Pangkaunlaran DWDA 105.3 MHz 1 kW Tuguegarao
Radyo ng Bayan Quirino DWQP 92.1 MHz 5 kW Cabarroguis, Quirino
89.5 Bay FM Subic DWSB 89.5 MHz 10 kW Subic, Zambales
104.7 RCFM San Antonio DWRG 104.7 MHz 10 kW San Antonio, Zambales
DWLP Disaster Watch Luminal and Phenomenal Radio 90.5 FM DWLP 90.5 MHz 5 kW Capalonga, Camarines Norte
Radyo ng Bayan Daet DWCN 96.9 MHz 5 kW Daet, Camarines Norte
El Oro Radyo 97.5 Aroroy DWPA 97.5 MHz 5 kW Aroroy, Masbate
DYIS-FM 106.7 Radyo Ugyon DYIS 106.7 MHz 1 kW Santa Barbara, Iloilo
DYPJ 100.1 FM Jagna DYPJ 100.1 MHz 5 kW Jagna, Bohol
DXPB MRadio (Molave Radio) 106.9 FM DXPB 106.9 MHz 5 kW Molave, Zamboanga del Sur
Dream FM Kidapawan DXGO 103.1 MHz 5 kW Kidapawan
94.9 Kool FM Kabacan DXVL 94.9 MHz 1 kW Kabacan, North Cotabato
105.5 Upi for Peace DXUP 105.5 MHz 3 kW Upi, Maguindanao
Muslim Salam Radio DXSU 99.7 MHz 5 kW Marawi City

Short-wave Stations (Radyo Pilipinas)[edit]

Main article: Radyo Pilipinas

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


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