THE National Telecommunications Commission-Davao Region (NTC-11) is eyeing to collect double of its P56 million income this year, Regional Director Nelson T. Cañete said. “This is because we have intensified the campaign against unlicensed operations of communications under the regional office,” he said in an interview. In 2018, NTC-11 collected P93 million, higher than the P53 million target. “NTC-11 is one of the top agencies in terms of revenue collection. In fact, our office’s Commission On Audit released an audit observation memorandum for the first time commending our office,” Mr. Cañete said. The NTC generates revenue from issuing permits to stores selling mobile phones and radio station equipment for radio frequency waves. He said the higher-than-target revenue comes from telecommunication stores in far-flung areas of the region. Mr. Cañete said they have also been stepping up the monitoring of 30 radio stations to ensure compliance to regulations and penalize violators. — Maya M. Padillo