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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

NTC awaiting closure orders vs illegal radio stations

THE regional office of the National Telecommunications Office in Davao (NTC) 11 has yet to receive the approval of the national office to close down some erring radio stations in the region.

NTC 11 regional director Nelson Cañete, during the AFP-PNP press forum on Wednesday, April 11, said that they have not received feedback from the national office about their recommendation for the issuance of a cease and desist order (CDO) and the show cause order to 30 identified illegal radio stations.

“If we have already the order from Manila so we can start now serving those CDOs if they will adhere to my recommendation,” he said.

Based on their record, they recommended 26 radio stations for cease and desist order and four for show cause.

With the absence of the orders, he said they cannot do anything about the radio stations operating without necessary permits since the power lies in the hand of the central office.

“I have already recommended the CDO of 30 radio stations in Region 11 (Davao Region), it is for the central office now to issue the CDO for them [radio stations]. For the meantime, we are still waiting for the approval of the commission on the CDO,” Cañete said.

The NTC 11 chief added that they have talked already with some owners of the stations included in the list and they said that they will just wait for the CDO and they will voluntarily close their stations for the meantime.

He also expressed apprehension with the growing number of radio stations that do not adhere with the rules set forth by the NTC now that election is approaching.

Thus, they continue with the campaign against these media outfits with the conduct of constant inspection. But he said they are facing a challenge as some of the stations are operating without the people inside.

“Ongoing among mga inspection karon galing man naay mga istasyon mutingog pero walay mga tao sa sulod. Unsaon pag sulod wala may tao,” he said.
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