The People’s Television Network (PTV Network) is the Philippine government television network. Established in 1974 as GTV-4, it was the TV broadcast arm of the government’s National Media Production Center. In 1980, GTV-4 evolved into the Maharlika Broadcasting System. After the People’s Power Revolution in February 1986, it was renamed People’s Television 4. By virtue of Republic Act 7306 signed by President Corazon C. Aquino on April 17, 1992, it became a government-owned and controlled corporation with the name People’s Television Network, Inc. (PTNI). On March 14, 2013, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III signed Republic Act 10390 amending R.A. No. 7306, with the mandate to provide Television Network Services nationwide in line with the “constitutional recognition of the vital role of communication and information in nation-building and development.”
The Network’s mission is to inform, inspire and empower the people and the nation through relevant, trustworthy and world-class quality programs and services.
The passage of R.A. 10390 paved the way for a renewed organization and allowed capital infusion from the national government for its modernization and quality television shows. The release to PTV of an initial capital outlay in the first quarter of 2013 made possible the implementation of the first phase of the Network’s Rehabilitation Strategy Program to upgrade the news gathering and production equipment and transmission facilities.
At present, PTV is on test broadcast in Metro Manila using the latest state-of-the-art Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcast facilities which is capable of HD or 3D programming with reception on handheld devices. Following the announcement in 2013 of President Aquino for the adoption by the Philippines of the Japanese Digital TV standard, Integrated Service Digital Broadcasting Terrestrial (ISDB-T), PTV started acquiring digital production and transmission facilities to prepare for the digital roll-out of its flagship station and its transmitting stations.