Admit it: you’ve never heard of state-owned media before. You only rely on the mainstream media like GMA, ABS-CBN, and TV 5 to bring you the latest local government news. You only read your daily updates from Inquirer, Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin and other well-known newspapers. But you didn’t know that state-owned media, aka government-run media, exist in the Philippines.
It is no surprise that state-owned media aren’t as popular as privately owned news outlets in the Philippines. And why would it be, when our so-called government media barely even has the means to do its intended function? Unfortunately, they lack equipment to keep up with mainstream media, but that was before.
Ever since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office in 2016, state-owned media in the Philippines has enjoyed a significantly higher viewership and wider readership more than ever before. That is according to what the government claims. Now, the country’s state-run media listed below are starting to overhaul itself, bringing the latest local government news to a larger audience.
PRINT & ONLINE
1 Philippine Information Agency
- Website: https://pia.gov.ph/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pia.gov.ph
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/PIADesk
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/philippineinformationagency/
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRJyT7CmD_jnzVKGY6gDo9A
Founded on 1986 through Executive Order No. 100, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) was established to disseminate information about the programs, projects, and services of the government to the public. As the country’s chief information arm, it spans 16 regional offices and 78 provincial information centers, aiming to improve Filipino lives and empower them to participate in the country’s democratic processes.
2 Philippine News Agency
- Website: http://www.pna.gov.ph/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pnagovph/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/pnagovph
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_PzHuZxnyVh4jRQjpfbXUg
As a web-based newswire service, the Philippine News Agency (PNA) is tasked to disseminate news articles to local and international readers and subscribers as well as community newspapers and national dailies. With the Duterte administration taking over, PNA is now undergoing modernization to further improve their reach to a wider audience. The administration intends to address the agency’s meager resources as well as strengthen its social media presence via its own newscast.
3 Official Gazette
- Website: https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/govph/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/govph
The Official Gazette is the official journal of the country. It publishes government announcements, new decrees, laws, memorandum circular and orders, and other information for the public. Created by decree of Act No. 453 and Commonwealth Act No. 638, the Official Gazette disseminates information in both web and in print.
RADIO & TELEVISION
- Website: http://ptni.gov.ph/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PTVph
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/ptvph
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/ptvphilippines
PTV, or People’s Television, has become the country’s premier source of the latest local government news and information for over 40 years. Mandated by virtue of RA 7306, as amended by RA 10390, PTV delivers current events in the Philippines through its flagship news program, PTV News. It’s other more popular program is the Philippine Lotto Draw.
2 Radyo Pilipinas
- Website: http://www.radyopilipinas.ph/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/radyopilipinas1/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/radyopilipinas1
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM7Hx3Mr7gpYi2iaRx11LhA
Radyo Pilipinas is the flagship AM radio station of the Philippine Broadcasting System (PBS), a state-owned radio network in the Philippines operating under the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO). Radyo Pilipinas is situated at 738 kHz on the AM band and serves as a government platform to promote development information and nationalistic views among the people.