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|REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8215 - AN ACT
GRANTING THE JOY CABLE SYSTEM, A FRANCHISE TO ESTABLISH CONSTRUCT,
INSTALL, OPERATE AND MAINTAIN FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES CABLE COMMUNITY
ANTENNAE TELEVISION SYSTEMS IN THE PHILIPPINES
|Section 1. Nature and Scope of Franchise. — Subject to the
provisions of the Constitution and applicable laws, rules and
regulations, there is hereby granted Joy Cable System, hereunder
referred to as the grantee, its successors or assigns, a franchise to
construct, establish, install, operate and maintain for commercial
purposes and in the public interest, cable/community antennae
televisions (CATV) systems and other related services in the Province
of Basilan through the reception of audio, visual and other signals of
the different national and local television and radio stations in the
Philippines and those of foreign television, radio and other stations
including interactive computer electronic systems and stations, and the
distribution or transmissions of the same to homes, offices,
condominiums, subdivisions, hotels, restaurants and other residential,
commercial and industrial structures and other public and private
conveyances within the Province of Basilan; to originate, store,
distribute, transmit and receive through said systems, news and
documentaries, entertainment, cultural, informational and educational
radio and television programs, both live and recorded; to construct,
establish, install, operate, manage, lease, maintain and purchase
transmitting, receiving and switching stations, both for local and
international services, lines, fiber optics, microwave, cables,
satellite transmit and receive systems, control signals, audio and
video systems, information service bureau, pay and pay per view
television, video on demand and public information on demand services,
multi disc read only memory network delivery, packet and frame relay
and electronic mail service and other value added services and all
other related technologies as are at present available, or to be made
available through technical advances or innovations in the future, as
is, or are, convenient to or essential to efficiently carry out the
purposes of this franchise.
Sec. 2. Manner of Operation of Stations or Facilities. — The stations or facilities of the grantee shall be constructed and operated in a manner as will, at most, result only in the minimum interference on the wavelengths or frequencies of existing stations or other stations which may be established by law, without in any way diminishing its own right to use its selected wavelengths or frequencies and the quantity of transmission or reception thereon as should maximize rendition of the grantee's services and/or the availability thereof.
Sec. 3. Prior Approval of the National Telecommunications Commission. — The grantee shall secure from the National Telecommunications Commission the appropriate permits and license for the construction and operation of its stations and facilities and shall not use any frequencies in the radio and television spectrum without having been authorized by the Commission. The Commission, however, shall not unreasonably withhold or delay the grant of any such authority.
Sec. 4. Ingress and Egress. — For the purpose of erecting and maintaining poles or other supports for said wires or other conductors for the purpose of laying and maintaining underground wires, cables or other conductors it shall lawful for the grantee, its successors or assigns, with the prior approval of the Department of Public Works and Highways, to make excavations or lay conduits in any of the public places, highways, streets, lanes, alleys, avenues, sidewalks or bridges or said provinces, cities and/or municipalities: provided, however, that any public place, highway, street, alley, avenue, sidewalk or bridge disturbed, altered or changed by reason of the erection of poles of other supports or the underground laying of wires, other conductors or conduits, shall be repaired and replaced in a work-manlike manner by said grantee, its successors or assigns, in accordance with the standards set by the Department of Public Works and Highways. Should the grantee, its successors or assigns, after the ten days' notice from the said authority, fail, refuse or neglect to repair or replace any part of a public place, road, highway, street, lane, alley, avenue, sidewalk or bridge altered, changed or disturbed by said grantee, its successors or assigns, then the Department of Public Works and Highways shall have the right to have the same repaired and placed in good order and condition at double the expense to be charged against the grantee, its successors or assigns.
Sec. 5. Responsibility to the Public. — The grantee shall provide adequate public service time to enable the government, through the said broadcasting stations or facilities, to reach the population on important public issues: provide at all times sound and balanced programming; assist in the functions of public information and education; conform to the ethics of honest enterprise; and not use its stations or facilities for the broadcasting of obscene and indecent language, speech, act or scene, or for the dissemination of deliberately false information or willful misrepresentation, to the detriment of the public interest; or to entice, encourage or assist in subversive or treasonable acts.
Sec. 6. Right of Government. — A special right is
hereby reserved to the President of the Philippines in times of war
rebellion public peril, calamity, emergency, disaster or disturbance of
peace and order, to temporarily take over and operate the stations or
facilities of the grantee, to temporarily suspend the operation of any
station or facility in the interest of public safety, security and
public welfare, or to authorize the temporary use and operation thereof
by any agency of the government, upon due compensation to the grantee,
for the use of said stations or facilities during the period when they
shall be so operated.
Sec. 7. Term of Franchise. — This franchise shall be
for a term of twenty-five (25) years from the date of effectivity of
this Act, unless sooner revoked or cancelled. This franchise shall be
deemed ipso facto revoked in the event the grantee fails to comply with
any of the following conditions:
Sec. 8. Acceptance and Compliance. — Acceptance of this franchise shall be given in writing within sixty (60) days after the effectivity of this Act. Upon giving such acceptance, the grantee shall exercise the privileges granted under this Act. Non-acceptance shall render the franchise void.
Sec. 9. Bond. — The grantee shall file a bond issue in favor of the National Telecommunications Commission, which shall determine the amount, to guarantee the compliance with and fulfillment of the conditions under which this franchise is granted. If after three (3) years from the date of the approval of its permit by the Commission, the grantee shall have fulfilled the same, the bond shall be cancelled by the Commission. Otherwise, the bond shall be forfeited in favor of the government and the franchise ipso facto revoked.
Sec. 10. Tax Provisions. — The grantee, its
successors or assigns shall be liable to pay the same taxes on their
real estate, buildings and personal property, exclusive of this
franchise, as other persons or corporations are now or hereafter may be
required by law to pay. In addition thereto, the grantee, its
successors or assigns, shall pay the value-added tax under Republic Act
No. 7716 or a franchise tax of five percent (5%) per annum at such
percentage as may be prescribed by law on all gross receipts of the
radio/television business transacted under this franchise by the
grantee, its successors or assigns, whichever is higher: provided, that
the grantee, its successors or assigns, shall continue to be
liable for income taxes payable under Title II of the National Internal
Revenue Code pursuant to Sec. 2 of the Executive Order No. 72 unless
the latter enactment is amended or repealed, in which case the
amendment or repeal shall be applicable thereto.
Sec. 11. Self-regulation by and Undertaking of Grantee. — The grantee shall not require any previous censorship of any speech, play, act or scene, or other matter to be broadcast from its stations: provided, that, the grantee, during any broadcast shall cut off from the air the speech, play, act or scene, or other matter being broadcast if the tendency thereof is to propose is to propose and/or incite treason, rebellion or sedition; or the language used therein or the theme thereof is indecent or immoral; and willful failure to do so shall constitute to do so shall constitute a valid cause for the cancellation of this franchise.
Sec. 12. Warranty in Favor of National and Local Governments. — The grantee shall hold the national, provincial and municipal governments of the Philippines harmless from all claims, accounts, demands or actions arising out of accidents or injuries, whether to property or to persons, caused by the construction or operation of the stations of the grantee.
Sec. 13. Sale, Lease, Transfer, Usufruct, etc. — The grantee shall not lease, transfer grant the usufruct of, sell nor assign this franchise or the rights and privileges acquired thereunder to any person, firm, company, corporation or other commercial or legal entity, nor merge with any other corporation or entity, nor shall the controlling interest of the grantee be transferred, whether as a whole or in parts and whether simultaneously or contemporaneously, to any such person, firm, company, corporation or entity without the prior approval of the Congress of the Philippines. Any person or entity to which this franchise is sold, transferred or assigned shall be subject to the same conditions, terms, restrictions and limitations of this Act.
Sec. 14. Dispersal of Ownership. — In accordance with constitutional provisions to encourage public participation in public utilities, the grantee shall offer at least thirty per centum (30%) of its outstanding capital stock or a higher percentage that may hereafter be provided by law in any securities exchange in the Philippine within five (5) years from the time it has achieved the status of a national broadcasting network. A "national broadcasting network" is hereby defined as one that operates three or more radio and/or television stations. Noncompliance therewith shall render the franchise ipso facto revoked.
Sec. 15. Conversion into a Corporation. — In pursuance of the provisions of Section 14 of this Act, the grantee shall convert the ownership of the franchise to a corporation: provided, that the grantee shall retain majority ownership thereof. Noncompliance therewith shall render the franchise ipso facto revoked.
Sec. 16. General Cable Television Policy Law. — The grantee shall comply with and be subject to the provisions of a general broadcast policy law which Congress may hereafter enact.
Sec. 17. Separability Clause. — If any of the sections or provisions of this Act is held invalid, all the other provisions not affected thereby shall remain valid.
Sec. 18. Repealability and Non-exclusivity Clause. — This franchise shall be subject to amendment, alteration or repeal by the Congress of the Philippines when the public interest so requires and shall not be interpreted as an exclusive grant of the privileges herein provided for.
Sec. 19. Reportorial Requirement. — The grantee shall submit an annual report to the Congress of the Philippines on its compliance with the terms and conditions of the franchise and on its operations within sixty (60) days from the end of every year.
Sec. 20. Effectivity Clause. — This Act shall take
effect fifteen (15) days from the date of its publication in at least
two (2) newspaper of general circulation in the Philippines.