DWAN (1206 AM) was a radio station owned and operated by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority. Its studios were located in the MMDA's Communications and Command Center, Epifanio de los Santos Avenue cor. Orense St., Brgy. Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City; its transmitter was located at Sitio Tapayan, Taytay, Rizal. It operated daily from 4 a.m. to Midnight.

Broadcast areaMega Manila, and surrounding areas
Frequency1206 kHz
BrandingDWAN 1206
Language(s)Filipino, English
OwnerMetropolitan Manila Development Authority
First air date
1956 (as DZQL)
1957 (as DZMY)
1973 (as DWWA)
1984 (as DWAN)
September 24, 2007 (as MMDA Traffic Radio/MMDA TeleRadyo)
Last air date
August 17, 2010
Former call signs
DZQL (1956-1957)
DZMY (1957-1972)
DWWA (1973-1984)
Former frequencies
1160 kHz (1956-1977)
Call sign meaning
Da WAN (Filipino slang for "the one")
Technical information
Licensing authority
Power25,000 watts


The station was launched in 1956 as DZQL. It was formerly owned by ABS-CBN Corporation. In 1957, DZQL changed the frequency to 830 khz while the frequency was given to DZMY. In 1972 after Martial Law was implemented, Banahaw Broadcasting Corporation, a company owned by the late Marcos crony Roberto Benedicto, took over the ownership of the station and changed its callsign to DWWA, and later DWAN. [1]

When BBC was dissolved after the 1986 EDSA Revolution, ownership was transferred to the Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation. In 1996, DWAN's operation was turned over to Asia Pacific News and Features (ASPAC News), a company founded and owned by publicist Salvador "Bubby" P. Dacer.[2] It lasted until 2004.

In 2007, MMDA acquired the station and launched Traffic Radio. The station's aim was to provide real-time traffic updates and public service reminders to inform the public, through safety tips, on how to prevent traffic accidents and some programs aired simulcast on MMDA TV. It operated on simulcast at Global Destiny Cable Channel 4.[3][4]

In July 13, 2010, it went off the air after its transmitter was destroyed by Typhoon Basyang.

Both the station and MMDA TeleRadyo permanently ceased operations on August 17, 2010 in order to cut expenses, which were costing the agency at least 1 million pesos every month.[5]


  1. ^ "How Don Eugenio Lopez bought ABS from the Quirinos to build a broadcast giant". ABS-CBN News. February 28, 2020. Retrieved October 24, 2020.
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  3. ^ "MMDA chief to be sued for dismissal of radio announcers". GMA News. February 25, 2008. Retrieved October 24, 2020.
  4. ^ "BF wants DJ Mo Twister to join MMDA". The Philippine Star. August 21, 2008. Retrieved October 24, 2020.
  5. ^ "Inquirer.net, MMDA stops radio, TV operations". Archived from the original on 2010-08-20. Retrieved 2010-08-17.

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