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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 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, FM1 and FM2. PBS, along with its television network counterpart People's Television Network and sister media companies Radio Philippines Network (minority-owned) and Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation, forms the media arm of the PCOO.

Bureau of Broadcast Services (BBS)
Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS)
State agency
IndustryState media
PredecessorBureau of Broadcasts (1972-1986)
FoundedSeptember 12, 1947; 72 years ago (September 12, 1947)
HeadquartersQuezon City, Philippines
Key people
Rizal Giovanni "Bong" Aportadera, Jr. (Director General)
Carlo Jose Magno Villo (Deputy Director General)
OwnerGovernment of the Philippines
(Presidential Communications Operations Office)
Number of employees
Radyo Pilipinas
TypeBroadcast radio network (Public radio, News/Talk)
AvailabilityNationwide (AM/FM, affiliate stations, and G Sat)
Worldwide (shortwave)
SloganTagapag-ugnay ng Pamahalaan at ng Mamamayan (Converging Government and Citizens)
Radio stationsSee list
Broadcast area
Launch date
International: 1996; 23 years ago (1996)
National: June 5, 2017; 2 years ago (2017-06-05)
China Radio International
BBC World Service
Official website
ReplacedRadyo ng Bayan (1996–2017)
TypeFM radio network (Top 40/CHR, OPM)
SloganYour Hit Music Nation!
Broadcast area
Launch date
November 1, 2017; 23 months ago (2017-11-01)
Official website
TypeFM radio network (Classic hits, OPM)
SloganYour Hit Back Music Nation!
Broadcast area
Launch date
January 25, 2017; 2 years ago (2017-01-25)
Official website

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 RepublicEdit

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 RepublicEdit

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.

PBS logo from the mid-1990s to 2017.

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 transferred its offices from ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center complex to PIA/Media Center Building in Visayas Avenue, Quezon City in 1992.

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.

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]

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 PilipinasEdit

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 with a power of 50 kW. The station operates Mondays to Fridays from 4:00 AM to 12:00 MN, Saturdays from 4:00 AM to 11:00 PM and Sundays from 4:00 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 in Metro Manila and broadcasts daily from 6:00 AM to 9:30 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. 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 divisionEdit

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

FM1 is PBS' flagship music station, focused on contemporary hit radio (Top 40) with a few local music, and classic hits from the 2000s on Sundays. The station is situated at 87.5 MHz in Metro Manila and Davao City, 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, and is recognized as the number one niche radio station in the A/B/C market based on Nielsen Ratings.

PBS Stations in the PhilippinesEdit

Radyo PilipinasEdit

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 576 kHz 10 kW Dagupan
Radyo Pilipinas Tayug DWRS-AM 756 kHz 5 kW Tayug, Pangasinan
Radyo Pilipinas Batanes DWBT 94.3 MHz 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 Albay DWJS-AM 621 kHz 5 kW Legazpi, Albay
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 Iligan DXDX-FM 105.5 MHz 5 kW Iligan
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 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 88.7 MHz

FM StationsEdit

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
FM1 Davao DXRP-FM 87.5 MHz 10 kW Davao City

Affiliate stationsEdit

Branding Call-Sign Frequency Power (kW) Location Owner
Radyo Pilipinas Abra DWJL 102.9 MHz 5 kW Bangued, Abra Provincial Government of Abra
DWCI 105.1 FM Piddig DWCI 105.1 MHz 5 kW Piddig, Ilocos Norte Municipal Government of Piddig
DWDA 105.3 Radyo Pangkaunlaran DWDA 105.3 MHz 1 kW Tuguegarao City Government of Tuguegarao
Radyo Pilipinas Quirino DWQR 92.1 MHz 5 kW Cabarroguis, Quirino Provincial Government of Quirino
89.5 Bay FM Subic DWSB 89.5 MHz 10 kW Subic, Zambales Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority
104.7 RCFM San Antonio DWRC 104.7 MHz 10 kW San Antonio, Zambales Rainbow Connection Civic Group
DWLP Disaster Watch Luminal and Phenomenal Radio 90.5 FM DWLP 90.5 MHz 5 kW Capalonga, Camarines Norte Municipal Government of Capalonga
Radyo Pilipinas Daet DWCN 96.9 MHz 5 kW Daet, Camarines Norte Municipal Government of Daet
El Oro Radyo 97.5 Aroroy DWPA 97.5 MHz 5 kW Aroroy, Masbate Municipal Government of Aroroy
Radio Boracay 106.1 FM2 DYJV 106.1 MHz 10 kW Boracay, Malay, Aklan OneMedia Boracay
Radyo Todo Aklan DYCF 88.5 MHz 2 kW Kalibo, Aklan Municipal Government of Kalibo
DYIS-FM 106.7 Radyo Ugyon DYIS 106.7 MHz 1 kW Santa Barbara, Iloilo Iloilo State College of Fisheries
DYBS 101.7 FM Bacong DYBS 101.7 MHz 1 kW 2 Bacong, Negros Oriental Municipal Government of Bacong (Barangay Broadcast Service)
DYPJ 100.1 FM Jagna DYPJ 100.1 MHz 5 kW Jagna, Bohol Municipal Government of Jagna
DXPB MRadio (Molave Radio) 106.9 FM DXPB 106.9 MHz 5 kW Molave, Zamboanga del Sur Municipal Government of Molave
Dream FM Kidapawan DXGO 103.1 MHz 5 kW Kidapawan DepEd-Kidapawan
94.9 Kool FM Kabacan DXVL 94.9 MHz 1 kW Kabacan, North Cotabato University of Southern Mindanao
105.5 Upi for Peace DXUP 105.5 MHz 3 kW Upi, Maguindanao Municipal Government of Upi
Radyo Pilipinas Marawi DXSO 99.7 MHz 5 kW Marawi City City Government of Marawi
106.7 Marino News FM DXZP 106.7 MHz 5 kW Zamboanga City Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology

2PBS Affilliated,temporarily broadcast in a Medium Power.

Overseas Broadcast (Shortwave)Edit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "PBB-BBS and G Sat signed a Memorandum of agreement". Radyo Pilipinas Facebook. July 16, 2018. Retrieved July 16, 2018.

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