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PIA Press Release
2008/11/06

PNP radio station coming soon

Roxas City (6 November) -- The Philippine National Police is putting up an AM radio station that will serve as an emergency broadcast, weather warning, and mass communication system.

The radio station will primarily operate as a police broadcast service for anti-criminality, and peace and order concerns; and as an emergency broadcast system for disaster preparedness and response during contingencies, to include weather forecast and warning bulletins from concerned agencies.

Recently, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed among PNP, Office of Civil Defense (OCD), and Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA) to formalize the creation of the radio station.

The agreement will allow the PNP to operate the radio station in 1170 khz AM, a frequency assigned to the OCD. The accord provides joint use of the radio station for public safety, disaster preparedness, weather warning, and general law enforcement.

According to OCD administrator Glenn Rabonza, the OCD has been unable to operate the radio station over the past ten or 15 years, and it welcomes the proposal of the PNP to operate and manage the radio station that will serve the mutual needs of the PNP, OCD, PAGASA and other agencies for an effective mass communication and public information system.

The same opinion was shared by PAGASA Director, Dr. Frisco Nilo, adding that advance weather warning bulletins may be effectively disseminated to the public thru the radio station.

For its part, the PNP will also utilize the radio station as an alternate communication system with mobile units and police outposts, and allot regular airtime for programs to promote advocacy to the overall crime prevention and public safety strategy. (PNP online/PIA/AAL) [top]

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