Philippine Broadcasting Service

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Bureau of Broadcast Services (BBS)
Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Type State agency
Industry State media
PredecessorBureau of Broadcasts (1972–1986)
FoundedSeptember 12, 1947;74 years ago (September 12, 1947)
Headquarters Quezon City, Philippines
Key people
  • Martin Andanar (Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary)
  • Rocky Ignacio (Presidential Communications Operations Office Undersecretary for Mass Media)
  • Rizal Giovanni "Bong" Aportadera, Jr. (Director General)
  • Joan Marie Sy-Domingo (Deputy Director General)
Owner Government of the Philippines
(Presidential Communications Operations Office)
Number of employees
Radyo Pilipinas
Type Broadcast radio network
Broadcast area
Language(s) Filipino
Format Public radio, News/Talk
Affiliations PTV
Launch dateInternational: 1995;26 years ago (1995)
National: June 5, 2017;4 years ago (2017-06-05)
ReplacedRadyo ng Bayan (1995–2017)
AvailabilityNationwide (AM/FM, affiliate stations, and G Sat)
Worldwide (shortwave)
Stations See list
Republika FM1
Type FM radio network
Broadcast area
Language(s) English
Format Top 40/CHR, OPM
Launch dateNovember 1, 2017;3 years ago (2017-11-01)
Former names
Capital FM2
Type FM radio network
Broadcast area
Language(s) English
Format Classic hits, OPM
Launch dateJanuary 25, 2017;4 years ago (2017-01-25)
Former names

Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS) (Filipino: Paglilingkod Panghimpapawid ng Pilipinas), also known by its government agency Bureau of Broadcast Services (BBS) (Filipino: Kawanihan ng Lingkurang Pagsasahimpapawid), is a state radio network in the Philippines. It is owned by the Philippine government under the Presidential Communications Operations Office. PBS operates national radio brands: Radyo Pilipinas 1, Radyo Pilipinas 2, Radyo Magasin, Republika FM1 and Capital FM2, as well as international station Radyo Pilipinas Worldwide. PBS, along with its television network counterpart People's Television Network and sister media companies Radio Philippines Network (minority-owned) and Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation, which forms the media arm of the PCOO.


As one of the attached agencies of the PCOO, the PBS/BBS receives funding from the General Appropriations Act (Annual National Budget) and sales from blocktimers and advertisers, among others.


Commonwealth and Third Republic

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 US, 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.

Martial law and into the Fifth Republic

At the same time that the BBS 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 (formerly at 920 kHz until 1978) 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.

In the 1970s, 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.

During the final months of Martial Law, both 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 Broadcast Plaza along Bohol (now Sgt. Esguerra) Avenue in Diliman, 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. Unification had created more problems for the OMA to overcome.

After the EDSA Revolution, the Office of Media Affairs was abolished, followed by both the NMPC and the BB. Under Executive Order No. 297, on the basis of the OMA, President Corazon Aquino reestablished the Bureau of Broadcast Services (BBS) and reinstated PBS as the network under the Office of the Press Secretary's control, which led to the formation of a national radio service based on the stations in which both the NMPC and BBS had, with the PBS hosting two national AM stations and a national FM station in Manila and a number of provincial owned-and-operated and affiliate stations in the country's administrative regions.

During the last months of the Aquino administration, PBS along with its TV counterpart, People's Television Network transferred its offices from ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center complex to PIA/Media Center Building in Visayas Avenue, Quezon City on January 22, 1992.

In January 2, 1995, PBS relaunched its flagship station (DZFM) as Radyo ng Bayan.

During the first years in the administration of President Benigno Aquino III, the PBS-BBS was transferred to the newly created Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), after the OPS was abolished.

In the beginning of 2017, PBS relaunched its FM radio service with the relaunch of FM2 and the debut of FM1 as well, forming the basis of the national FM radio division under the agency, which was later reinforced by the launch of FM1 Davao, the first state-owned regional FM radio station serving Metro Davao.

On June 5, 2017, as part of the network's 70th anniversary, PBS relaunched its flagship brand Radyo ng Bayan as Radyo Pilipinas. Three months later, on September 18, sports station DZSR merged its programming with infotainment/cultural station DZRM and became Radyo Pilipinas Dos.

On July 16, 2018, PBS-BBS and the Global Satellite Technology Services Inc. (G Sat) signed a Memorandum of agreement allowing PBS-BBS to add its channels to its G Sat radio channel line up. [1]

In October 2019, China donated over PHP130 million worth of radio broadcast equipment to the PCOO's Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS). The donation, which includes live broadcast room equipment, FM broadcast transmitter equipment, and medium wave transmitter equipment. The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) will soon begin the rehabilitation of at least 14 (10 AM and four FM station) PBS Radyo Pilipinas stations nationwide. [2] [3]

During his first State of the Nation Address, President Rodrigo Duterte announced that Congress would pass a proposed law merging the PBS with its TV counterpart, People's Television Network to form the "People's Broadcasting Corporation (PBC)", which serves a unified broadcasting entity of the republic encompassing radio, television, print and online media.


Radyo Pilipinas

Radyo Pilipinas (formerly known as Radyo ng Bayan), the flagship AM radio station of PBS-BBS, is situated at 738 kHz on the AM band in Metro Manila with a power of 50 kW, and a network of over 32 local/regional stations in the provinces. The station operates Mondays to Fridays from 4:00 AM to 12:00 MN, Saturdays from 5:00 AM to 11:00 PM and Sundays from 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM. 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.

Radyo Pilipinas Dos (formerly known as Sports Radio and Radyo Magasin) is situated at 918 kHz on the AM band with a power of 50 kW. The station operates daily from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM. RP2 mainly airs sports talk programming and a few general information content such as current affairs and lifestyle.

Radyo Pilipinas [Worldwide] (DZRP) is the network's official external radio station broadcasting on both shortwave and internet streaming, which caters to the Overseas Filipino Workers and Filipino communities around the world. The station operates daily from 11:30 PM to 12:00 NN PST (15:30–04:00 UTC). RP Worldwide's main programming consists of 2–3 hours of broadcast in Filipino and English languages, and is transmitted via shortwave through the facilities of Voice of America in Tinang, Tarlac.

The current station manager of Radyo Pilipinas is Alan Allanigue, while the current station manager of Radyo Pilipinas Dos is Cecille Quimlat, and the current station manager of Radyo Pilipinas Worldwide is Rey Sampang.

FM division

In 2016, radio veteran, Rizal "Sonny B" Aportadera, Jr. was appointed by Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Sec. Martin Andanar as the Director General of the Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS). Aportadera spearheaded the establishment of its FM networks: FM1 and FM2.

Republika FM1 is PBS' music station, focused on contemporary hit radio (Top 40) and the local music. The station is situated at 87.5 MHz in Metro Manila and 87.9 MHz in Davao City, and is planning to expand in other major cities. Republika FM1 Manila and Davao are both led by Hariett "Joe Fisher" Saniel as station manager.

Capital FM2 is PBS' music station focused on classic hits from the 80s and 90s, as well as 2000s. It is situated at 104.3 MHz in Metro Manila, and is recognized as the number one niche radio station in the A/B/C market based on Nielsen Ratings. Capital FM2 is led by Nigel "Nigel Grey" Gamalong as station manager.

NMU (New Media Unit)

In early 2020, the FM division's stations are becoming more and more active in the social media spaces. In line with this, the New Media Unit was formed headed by Deputy Director General Joan Marie Sy-Domingo. The New Media Unit is the in-house graphic design and social media marketing group for REPUBLIKA FM1 and Capital FM. They are the dynamic group responsible for consistently and constantly releasing relevant and engaging social media content.

The New Media Unit is also the group that produces the Republikast shows aired on REPUBLIKA FM1's social media channels on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. The shows are Fresh 1, Juan On 1 and FM1 Spotlight published weekly. There is also FM1 Spotlight: Livecast Edition broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube. Its schedule varies according to artists' availability.

At the beginning of imposed community quarantines due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the New Media Unit were engaged in delivering and posting relevant content to inform its audience of minimum health standards and other government announcements in relation to the quarantines and other health protocols.

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PBS logo from 1987 to 2017

PBS Stations in the Philippines

The following is a list of radio stations owned and affiliated by PBS. [4] [5]

Radyo Pilipinas

BrandingCall-SignFrequencyPower (kW)Location
Radyo Pilipinas 1 DZRB 738 kHz50 kW Metro Manila
Radyo Pilipinas 2 DZSR 918 kHz50 kW Metro Manila
Radyo Magasin DZRM 1278 kHz10 kW Metro Manila
Radyo Pilipinas Baguio DZEQ 93.7 MHz5 kW Baguio
Radyo Pilipinas Tabuk DZRK 837 kHz5 kW Tabuk, Kalinga
Radyo Pilipinas Bontoc DWFR 107.3 MHz5 kW Bontoc, Mountain Province
Radyo Pilipinas Laoag DWFB 954 kHz5 kW Laoag
Radyo Pilipinas Vigan DWAE 747 kHz5 kW Vigan
Radyo Pilipinas Agoo DZAG 97.1 MHz5 kW Agoo, La Union
Radyo Pilipinas Dagupan DZMQ 576 kHz10 kW Dagupan
Radyo Pilipinas Tuguegarao DWPE 729 kHz10 kW Tuguegarao
Radyo Pilipinas Lucena DWLC 1017 kHz10 kW Lucena
Radyo Pilipinas Palawan DWMR 648 kHz10 kW Puerto Princesa
Radyo Pilipinas Naga DWRB 549 kHz10 kW Naga
Radyo Pilipinas Albay DWJS 621 kHz5 kW Legazpi, Albay
Radyo Pilipinas Virac DZVC 94.3 MHz5 kW Virac, Catanduanes
Radyo Pilipinas Iloilo DYLL 585 kHz15 kW Iloilo
Radyo Pilipinas Cebu DYMR 576 kHz15 kW Cebu
Radyo Pilipinas Tacloban DYCT 102.3 MHz5 kW Tacloban
Radyo Pilipinas Sogod DYSL 104.7 mHz5 kW Sogod, Southern Leyte
Radyo Pilipinas Borongan DYES 657 kHz5 kW Borongan, Eastern Samar
Radyo Pilipinas Zamboanga DXMR 1170 kHz10 kW Zamboanga
Radyo Pilipinas Gingoog DXRG 1242 kHz10 kW Gingoog
Radyo Pilipinas Iligan DXDX 105.5 MHz5 kW Iligan
Radyo Pilipinas Davao DXRP 88.7 MHz15 kW Davao
Radyo Pilipinas Butuan DXBN 792 kHz5 kW Butuan
Radyo Pilipinas Tandag DXJS 837 kHz5 kW Tandag, Surigao del Sur
Radyo Pilipinas Jolo DXSM 1224 kHz5 kW Jolo, Sulu
Radyo Pilipinas Marawi DXSO 99.7 MHz2 kW Marawi City, Lanao del Sur

FM Stations

BrandingCall-SignFrequencyPower (kW)Location
Republika FM1 Manila DWFO 87.5 MHz25 kW Metro Manila
Capital FM2 DWFT 104.3 MHz25 kW Metro Manila
FM1 LegazpiDWCQ97.9 MHz5 kW Legazpi
FM1 CebuN/A87.5 MHz5 kW Cebu
Republika FM1 Davao DXFO87.9 MHz10 kW Davao City

Affiliate stations

The following stations are owned by their perspective local government units or organizations. Though PBS is listed by the NTC as their owners, it acts as their affiliates.

BrandingCall-SignFrequencyPower (kW)LocationOwner
Radyo Pilipinas Abra DWAZ 102.9 MHz5 kW Bangued, Abra Provincial Government of Abra
DWCI 105.1 FM Piddig DWCI 105.1 MHz5 kW Piddig, Ilocos Norte Municipal Government of Piddig
DWDA 105.3 Radyo Pangkaunlaran DZDA 105.3 MHz1 kW Tuguegarao City Government of Tuguegarao
Radyo Pilipinas Quirino DWQP 92.1 MHz5 kW Cabarroguis, Quirino Provincial Government of Quirino
89.5 Bay FM Subic DWSB 89.5 MHz10 kW Subic, Zambales Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority
104.7 RCFM San Antonio DZRG 104.7 MHz10 kW San Antonio, Zambales Rainbow Connection Civic Group
99.9 Radyo GuaguaN/A99.9 MHz1 kW Guagua, Pampanga Municipal Government of Guagua
DWLP Disaster Watch Luminal and Phenomenal Radio 90.5 FM DWLP 90.5 MHz5 kW Capalonga, Camarines Norte Municipal Government of Capalonga
Radyo Pilipinas Daet DWCN 96.9 MHz5 kW Daet, Camarines Norte Municipal Government of Daet
El Oro Radyo 97.5 Aroroy DWPA 97.5 MHz5 kW Aroroy, Masbate Municipal Government of Aroroy
Radio Boracay 106.1 FM2 DYJV 106.1 MHz10 kW Boracay, Malay, Aklan One Media Boracay
Radyo Todo Aklan DYCF 88.5 MHz2 kW Boracay Todo Media Services
Radyo Todo Roxas DYCL 97.7 MHz5 kW Roxas
DYIS-FM 106.7 Radyo Kahilwayan DYIS 106.7 MHz1 kW Santa Barbara, Iloilo Iloilo State College of Fisheries & Municipality of Santa, Barbara
DYTC-FM 92.1 Radyo Timbo-ok DYTC 92.1 MHz1 kW Carles, Iloilo Municipal of Carles
DYPT-FM 90.5 Radyo Estancia DYPT 90.5 MHz1 kW Estancia, Iloilo Municipal of Estancia
DYPJ 100.1 FM Jagna DYPJ 100.1 MHz5 kW Jagna, Bohol Municipal Government of Jagna
98.9 Mystical FM DXPH 98.9 MHz5 kW San Jose, Dinagat Islands Dinagat Islands Provincial Information Office
106.9 Savior RadioDX__106.9 MHz1 kW El Salvador City City Government of El Salvador
Davao City Disaster Radio DXQQ 87.5 MHz10 kW Davao City City Government of Davao
Dream FM Kidapawan DXGO 103.1 MHz5 kW Kidapawan DepEd-Kidapawan
94.9 Kool FM Kabacan DXVL 94.9 MHz1 kW Kabacan, North Cotabato Municipal Government of Kabacan
105.5 Upi for Peace DXUP 105.5 MHz3 kW Upi, Maguindanao Community Media Education Council
Radyo Pilipinas Marawi DXSO 99.7 MHz5 kW Marawi City City Government of Marawi
DXPB MRadio (Molave Radio) 106.9 FM DXPB 106.9 MHz5 kW Molave, Zamboanga del Sur Municipal Government of Molave
106.7 Marino News FM DXCP 106.7 MHz5 kW Zamboanga City Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology

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