National Telecom Regulates Radio Telephone Communication

The seminar participants posed for the photo opportunity with Governor Dayanghirang.

DAVAO ORIENTAL– The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is now strictly monitoring the use of radio telephone as tool for communication among government employees and private entities.

During a meeting on September 11 with radio communications operator from the province, municipal Local Government Units, and Non-Government Organizations, NTC Regional Director Nelson Cañete said that the regulation is in line with the company’s campaign against illegal use of the radio, especially in sowing threat and violence in the country.

NTC Regional Director Nelson Cañete

Pursuant to Republic Act 3846, any individual who will use radio telephone will have to undergo Restricted Land Mobile (RLM) Radio Telephone Operations Seminar before the NTC will issue a license, requiring applicants to pay a fee of P105.00 which is inclusive of the filing, seminar and certificate fee.

Also, a permit to purchase radio telephone shall first be obtained from the NTC which comes with P50 fee. According to Engr. Rolando Sampaga, speaker of the RLM seminar, their office may approve or deny the application of permit to purchase depending on the purpose of the applicant. They will also recommend brands of radio telephone that are NTC approved.

While radio telephone operators of Armed Forces of the Philippines’ are the only ones exempted from this law, Sampaga stressed that all unregistered and non-NTC approved radio telephone will be confiscated.

This week, the team from the NTC Regional Office XI is conducting a free province-wide RLM seminar to all radio telephone operators.

Meanwhile, Governor Nelson Dayanghirang expressed his full support and cooperation to the commission’s endeavor as it is consistent to the thrust of his governance which is to establish disaster resiliency and secure exchange of communication among his constituents. He said the provincial government of Davao Oriental will comply with the NTC’s existing law governing the use of radio telephone for communication as the province is vulnerable to natural calamities such as earthquake and tsunami, and communist insurgency. By Riza M. Golez

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