ISABELA CITY, Basilan, Apr 16 (PIA) – Youth leaders and aspiring anchors in Basilan were trained as broadcasters during the 3-day Radio Broadcasting Training held recently in Isabela City.
Recognizing the role of youth and the radio in strengthening advocacy to address different issues like reproductive health, family planning and teenage pregnancy, the Philippine Information Agency in Basilan and the U.S. Agency for International Development-University Research Company (USAID-URC), in partnership with the local radio station, the DXNO Radyo Komunidad spearheaded a 3-day Radio Broadcasting Training.
During the training, Rene V. Carbayas of the Philippine Information Agency-IX introduced to the participants the concepts of radio and digital broadcasting. He also discussed proper radio programming to make sure that the participants will have the knowledge in handling radio program and in preparing broadcast episodes for digital platforms.
Meanwhile, Raiza Dapilin, a journalist and now Information Officer of the Isabela City LGU also discussed about broadcasting ethics and conducting interviews in order for the participants to engage better their future guests and understand how they should act and treat clients with respect.
On technical aspects, Matthew Sanson of DXNO Radyo Komunidad discussed important things to consider on technical and radio operation. He introduced some technical terminologies on radio operation and production.
Moreover, Dr. Cecilia Lantican and Rachel Resurreccion from USAID-URC discussed several topics, which are beneficial to the youth in their radio advocacy to include script writing and broadcasters’ manual on family planning.
On the 3rd day of the training, participants underwent practicum, where they were given the opportunity to practice live over DXNO Radyo Komunidad. Their actual broadcast was observed by DXNO staff led by Station Manager Richard Falcatan.
The participants of the training were chosen youth leaders, such as from the Vamos Jovenes Group in Isabela City, select youth leaders in Lamitan City, i-Volunteers (iVolts) in Maluso, some members of Isabela City Youth Development Alliance and Local Youth Development Officers.
The participants expressed gratitude to the organizers and hope that they will soon be part of the communication team in Basilan as broadcasters and reporters. Their interests and skills were also appreciated by the facilitators and speakers during the duration of the training.
As show of support, Basilan Governor Jim Salliman graced the opening ceremony of the training and acknowledged the contribution of radio in information dissemination especially during the pandemic. He also stressed the importance of disseminating to the public the timely and relevant information and to fight fake news.
Since 2017, youth group in Isabela City were provided with timeslot at Radyo Komunidad and their program was dubbed as Vamos Jovenes. The WBA 99.1 radio station in Maluso is also requested to provide timeslot for their youth.
Meanwhile, Lamitan City will use digital platforms for their advocacy and they are also looking forward to the establishment of a local radio station in their area in the near future. (RVC/NDR/PIA9-Basilan)