Executive Order Number 255 which was signed by President Corazon Aquino
on July 25,1987 provides that all radio stations in the Philippines with
musical format programs must broadcast a minimum of four (4) OPM or
original pilipino music compositions in every clock-hour.
Original Pilipino Musical Composition shall refer to any musical composition
created by a Filipino, whether the lyrics be in Filipino, English or
in any other language or dialect.
This is good to give opportunity for the Filipino Music Industry to thrive.
The reason for the law is that radio programs with musical formats allot
very limited playing time to original Pilipino music.
To remedy this situation, the law will ensure the growth of the local
music industry and the airplay of original Pilipino music in Philippine
radio stations will be increased.
Executive Order Number 255 was based on the Philippine constitutional
provision which provides that the State is constitutionally mandated to
conserve, promote and popularize the nation’s historical and cultural
heritage and resources, as well as artistic creations, and to give
patronage to arts and letters.
Any franchise holder or operator of a radio station which fails to broadcast
the minimum number of original Pilipino musical compositions in every clock-hour
of a program with a musical format shall be fined in the amount of P100.00
The National Telecommunications Commission may, after due hearing, suspend or
cancel the Certificate of Registration and Authority to operate of any radio
station in the event of repeated violations of this Executive Order or
its implementing rules and regulations.
The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is in charge of promulgating the
necessary rules and regulations to implement Executive Order Number 255.