|Formed||July 23, 1979|
|Headquarters||BIR Road, East Triangle, Diliman, Quezon City|
|Annual budget||₱671.97 million (2021)|
|Parent agency||Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT)|
The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC; Filipino: Pambansang Komisyon sa Telekomunikasyon) is an attached agency of the Department of Information and Communications Technology responsible for the supervision, adjudication and control over all telecommunications services and television and radio networks throughout the Philippines.
The NTC is currently headed by Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba, who assumed office in August 2009, and served under the administrations of former presidents Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Benigno Aquino III, and the current President Rodrigo Duterte.
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 and television networks throughout the country. For the effective enforcement of this responsibility, it adopts and promotes guidelines, rules, and regulations relative to the establishment, operation and maintenance of various telecommunications facilities and services nationwide.
Although independent as its regulatory and quasi-judicial functions are concerned, the NTC remains under the administrative supervision of the Department of Information and Communication Technology 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.
The National Telecommunications Commission has been "hands off" since 1995 with the passage of Republic Act No. 7925 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. The NTC itself stated the said law is the "reason why the government has difficulty in regulating internet service today."
The NTC is headed by a Commissioner appointed by the President.
|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||January 7, 1993|
|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||June 3, 2002|
|Armi Jane R. Borje||June 3, 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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