National Telecommunications Commission

National Telecommunications Commission Central Office, Quezon City
Agency overview
FormedJuly 23, 1979
JurisdictionGovernment of the Philippines
HeadquartersSenator Miriam P. Defensor-Santiago Avenue (BIR Road), East Triangle, Diliman, Quezon City
Annual budget535.27 million (2023)[1]
Agency executives
  • Atty. Ella Blanca B. Lopez, Commissioner
  • Atty. Jon Paulo V. Salvahan, Deputy Commissioner
  • Engr. Alvin Bernard N. Blanco, Deputy Commissioner
Parent agencyDepartment of Information and Communications Technology

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 radio and television networks throughout the Philippines.


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 on 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[2] 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.[3] The NTC itself stated the said law is the "reason why the government has difficulty in regulating internet service today."[4]


The NTC is headed by a commissioner appointed by the President.

List of commissioners

Commissioner From To
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 A. Cordoba August 1, 2009 October 20, 2022
Ella Blanca B. Lopez October 20, 2022[A] Incumbent

See also


  2. ^ Republic Act No. 7925 (March 1, 1995), Public Telecommunications Policy Act of the Philippines, archived from the original on June 12, 2016, retrieved June 27, 2016
  3. ^ "National broadband only way to break telco duopoly". June 27, 2016. Archived from the original on June 27, 2016. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  4. ^ "PH Internet slowest in ASEAN". July 26, 2014. Archived from the original on July 23, 2016. Retrieved June 27, 2016.