Philippine Broadcasting Service

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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 radio network in the Philippines. It is owned by the Philippine government under the Presidential Communications Operations Office.

Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Bureau of Broadcast Services (BBS)
State media
Industry Broadcast radio network
Predecessor Bureau of Broadcasts (1972-1986)
Founded 1947
Headquarters Quezon City, Philippines
Key people
Rizal Giovanni "Bong" Aportadera, Jr. (Director General)
Carlo José Villo (Deputy Director General)
Owner Government of the Philippines
(Presidential Communications Operations Office)
Number of employees
Website PBS


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 (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.

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 Broadcast Plaza 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.

PBS logo from the mid-1990s to 2017.

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

In 1996, 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.

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 Pilipinas

Radyo Pilipinas.

Radyo Pilipinas is situated at 738 kHz on the AM band with a power of 50 kW, and operates from 4:00 AM to 1:00 AM (Monday to Friday), from 4:30 AM to 12:00 MN (Saturday), and from 4:30 AM to 9:30 PM (Sunday) under the Philippine Broadcasting Service - Bureau of Broadcast Services (PBS-BBS), a government owned broadcast arm under the Presidential Communications Operations 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.

Radyo Pilipinas Dos is situated at 918 kHz in Metro Manila and broadcasts from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM. RP2 mainly airs sports-talk programming and a few general information content such as current affairs and lifestyle.

The current station manager of Radyo Pilipinas is Alan Allanigue, while the current station manager of Radyo Pilipinas Dos is Edgardo Satira.

FM division

In 2016, PBS established the FM division following the appointment of Carlo Villo as Deputy Director General. Villo currently heads the FM division, which includes its FM networks: FM1 and FM2.

FM1 is PBS's flagship music station, focused on contemporary hit radio (Top 40) with a few local music. The station is situated at 87.5 MHz in Metro Manila and is planning to expand in other major cities.

FM2 is the secondary music station, focused on classic hits from the 80s and the 90s. It is situated at 104.3 MHz in Metro Manila.

PBS Stations in the Philippines

Radyo Pilipinas

Branding Call-Sign Frequency Power (kW) Location
Radyo Pilipinas 1 Manila DZRB 738 kHz 50 kW Metro Manila
Radyo Pilipinas 2 Manila DZSR 918 kHz 50 kW Metro Manila
Radyo Pilipinas Baguio DZEQ 999 kHz 5 kW Baguio
Radyo Pilipinas Tabuk DZRK 837 kHz 5 kW Tabuk, Kalinga
Radyo Pilipinas Bontoc DWFR 972 kHz 5 kW Bontoc, Mountain Province
Radyo Pilipinas Laoag DWFB 954 kHz 5 kW Laoag
Radyo Pilipinas Vigan DWAE 747 kHz 5 kW Vigan
Radyo Pilipinas Agoo DZAG 97.1 mHz 5 kW Agoo, La Union
Radyo Pilipinas Dagupan DZMQ 1494 kHz 10 kW Dagupan
Radyo Pilipinas Tayug DWRS-AM 756 kHz 5 kW Tayug, Pangasinan
Radyo Pilipinas Batanes DWBT 1134 kHz 5 kW Basco, Batanes
Radyo Pilipinas Tuguegarao DWPE 729 kHz 10 kW Tuguegarao
Radyo Pilipinas Lucena DWLC 1017 kHz 10 kW Lucena
Radyo Pilipinas Palawan DWMR 648 kHz 10 kW Puerto Princesa
Radyo Pilipinas Naga DWRB-AM 549 kHz 10 kW Naga
Radyo Pilipinas Legazpi DZAB 621 kHz 5 kW Legazpi
Radyo Pilipinas Virac DWDF-FM 94.3 mHz 5 kW Virac, Catanduanes
Radyo Pilipinas Iloilo DYLL 585 kHz 15 kW Iloilo
Radyo Pilipinas Cebu DYMR 576 kHz 15 kW Cebu
Radyo Pilipinas Tacloban DYCT 102.3 MHz 5 kW Tacloban
Radyo Pilipinas Sogod DYSL-AM 1170 kHz 5 kW Sogod, Southern Leyte
Radyo Pilipinas Calbayog DYOG 882 kHz 10 kW Calbayog
Radyo Pilipinas Borongan DYES 657 kHz 5 kW Borongan, Eastern Samar
Radyo Pilipinas Zamboanga DXMR 1170 kHz 10 kW Zamboanga
Radyo Pilipinas Cagayan de Oro DXIM 936 kHz 10 kW Cagayan De Oro
Radyo Pilipinas Gingoog DXRG-AM 1242 kHz 10 kW Gingoog
Radyo Pilipinas Davao DXRP 675 kHz1 15 kW Davao
Radyo Pilipinas Butuan DXBN 792 kHz 5 kW Butuan
Radyo Pilipinas Tandag DXJS 837 kHz 5 kW Tandag, Surigao del Sur
Radyo Pilipinas Marawi DXSO 774 kHz 10 kW Marawi
Radyo Pilipinas Jolo DXSM 1224 kHz 5 kW Jolo, Sulu
Radyo Pilipinas Tawi-Tawi DXDC-FM 104.7 mHz 1 kW Bongao, Tawi-Tawi

1Off-air, temporarily broadcast at 87.5 mHz

FM stations

Branding Call-Sign Frequency Power (kW) Location
FM1* DWFO 87.5 MHz 25 kW Metro Manila
FM2 DWFT 104.3 MHz 25 kW Metro Manila

*Test broadcast

Affiliate stations

Branding Call-Sign Frequency Power (kW) Location
Radyo Pilipinas 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 Pilipinas 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 DWRC 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 Pilipinas Daet DWCN 96.9 MHz 5 kW Daet, Camarines Norte
El Oro Radyo 97.5 Aroroy DWPA 97.5 MHz 5 kW Aroroy, Masbate
Radio Boracay 106.1 FM2 DYJV 106.1 MHz 10 kW Boracay, Malay, Aklan
DYIS-FM 106.7 Radyo Ugyon DYIS 106.7 MHz 1 kW Santa Barbara, Iloilo
Radyo Pilipinas 102.1 FM Bacong DYBS 102.1 MHz 5 kW Bacong, Negros Oriental
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 DXSO 99.7 MHz 5 kW Marawi City

Overseas Broadcast (Shortwave)

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