CEBU CITY, Philippines - In compliance with the Republic Act 3846 or an act providing for the regulation of public and radio communications in the Philippines, Communicators of the Cebu City Government underwent a Restricted Land Mobile (RLM) Seminar with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

At least 70 communicators from the city's Quick Response Team (QRT), Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Command Control Center (C3) and Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) attended the activity held on May 9, 2017 Tuesday at Senior Citizen's Training Center in South Road Properties.

Engr. Felipe A. Gumalo, Jr. ECE, NTC lecturer shared that the purpose of the activity is to comply with the our law stipulated in RA 3846 and in accordance with NTC Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 07-08-85 dated dated July 16, 1985 and MC No. 10-12-95 dated December 29, 1995 as prerequisite for the issuance of Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Certificate for Land Mobile Station.

Gumalo emphasized that the seminar is required before the radio operators and communicators will be issued with a Certificate from NTC to allow them to operate with a radio in a mobile and handled in the land mobile services.

He said that the certificate from NTC will expire in 3 years but renewable without undergoing the same seminar, adding that those who do not have the certificate will be confiscated with radio communication device and will be penalized in accordance with our existing laws.

"NTC is regulating the use of radio communications and we are conducting seminar as required by law and inform the communicators and operators of our protocols especially on the law it self, like the right time to interact with proper communication flow," Gumalo further shared.

Harold Alcontin, head for operations of the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CCDRRMC) said that the seminar is beneficial to our communicators for them to understand the law, guidelines and standard operating procedures. He said the last time they conducted the same seminar was about 3 years ago. (By: Greggy P. Senados/ City of Cebu, Public Information Office)