City gov’t, taxi op­er­a­tors urged to get ra­dio per­mits

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THE National Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion-11 (NTC 11) urged the city gov­ern­ment of Davao and taxi op­er­a­tors to have its hand­set ra­dios li­censed.

In a press con­fer­ence, NTC-11 Regional Direc­tor Nel­son Cañete said only the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines (AFP) is ex­empted from the man­date of hand­set li­cens­ing as it has its own mil­i­tary ra­dio fre­quency that is sep­a­rated from the NTC’s fre­quency pro­vi­sion.

“Lo­cal and national gov­ern­ment agen­cies, Philip­pine National Po­lice (PNP), barangay of­fices, pri­vate es­tab­lish­ments, and com­mer­cial pur­poses are all re­quired to ask per­mits from NTC for us­ing hand­set

equip­ment,” Ca¤edo said.

NTC 11, he added, also en­cour­aged taxi op­er­a­tors to get li­censes for ev­ery unit of their hand­set ra­dios.

Nearly 20 per­cent only of the to­tal taxi units that have hand­set ra­dios in the re­gion are li­censed.

Cañete said NTC, with Land Trans­porta­tion Of­fice 11 (LTO 11), has been con­duct­ing sev­eral in­for­ma­tion drive and di­a­logues with taxi op­er­a­tors in the re­gion on the mat­ter.

“I told the op­er­a­tors to reg­is­ters their hand­sets to lessen our ap­pre­hen­sions against them,” he said.

He said that us­age de­mand for hand­set ra­dios is in­creas­ing after the pub­lic has re­al­ized that cel­lu­lar phones are in no use dur­ing calami­ties like the ty­phoon Yolanda that hit the coun­try.

As of first week of Oc­to­ber, NTC 11 al­ready pro­cessed 12,000 li­cense ap­pli­ca­tions for var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ca­tions equip­ment, ex­ceed­ing its tar­get of 10,000 this year. BSC (For full story visit www.suns­tar.com.ph/davao/)

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