Radyo Natin-Guimba serves as model for new community radio stations in the Philippines

on Monday, 18 January 2016 18:55. Posted in News from the region

kodaoprod RadyoNatin GuimbaRadyo Nation-Guimba (RNG) expressed support for Kodao Productions’ ongoing women-led disaster risk reduction community radio station project in Eastern Visayas with assurances of technical support and competencies.

As one of the most successful and dynamic community radio stations in the country, RNG shared its expertise in establishing an alternative media outfit in the countryside during Kodao’s visit to Guimba last January 14. They were joined by Mr. Ramon Palima Ramirez, a top Filipino electrical engineer and a veteran alternative media practitioner.

Kodao visited RNG to study its broadcast and equipment set-up as part of the former’s preparations for the DRR community radio station project in Tacloban City.

The project is supported by the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT).

RNG station manager Gie Herrera said that community support is vital in their success over difficulties on matters such as constructing a broadcast tower and popularizing their programs.


“When we started in 2004, we explained our objectives to the communities and offered broadcast time to peasants, women, youth, senior citizens, and local entrepreneurs. They responded by patronizing our programs when they realized that this radio stations is for them,” Herrera said.

“We even received technical assistance from the community in putting up our broadcast tower that has withstood strong typhoons this past decade,” she added.

RNG also conducted medical and relief missions during calamities as well feeding programs for schoolchildren as an extension program that further endeared them to the communities.

Aside from their popular local news and public service programs, RNG gained further listenership base when it started broadcasting programs on local culture anchored by both the youth and elderly.

“We try to fill the gap between mass media and the people. We try our best to show the people that mass media should genuinely be in the service of the community,” Herrera said.

RNG is also one of the first community radio stations that broadcast through a local cable TV network.

“May our successes serve as model for the establishment of more community radio stations in the country,” Herrera said.

In the same visit, RNG also expressed interest in joining IAWRT Philippines. RNG’s staff is 80 percent women, including its top management.

Source: Kodao Productions 

Picture: © Kodao Productions 

First community radio station set up in Bhutan

on Monday, 11 January 2016 21:01. Posted in News from the region

BhutanCRThe first Community Radio station in Bhutan has been installed in the Dechen-pelri community under Sarpang Dzongkhag. The station was formally set up on December 3, 2015 with the technical guidance from NOMAD, India.

Besides entertainment purpose, this radio station will be utilized to air unheard stories of the destitute people in the area. The radio coverage reaches throughout the Dechen-pelri community till Chokorling Chiwog as of now and we are currently looking for means to attain coverage at other Chiwogs as well.

The community members participated and celebrated the opening of the new station by offering butter lamps and prayers followed by recording their singing voices.

We would like to thank the Ministry of Information and Communication, Swiss Development Cooperation and NOMAD for making this possible and for creating a new platform where the community members are encouraged to raise their own concerns, information, discussion etc.

Source: © Tarayana Foundation / UNESCO Chair on Community Media

Bhutan holds its first community radio capacity building workshop

on Monday, 11 January 2016 16:27. Posted in News from the region

ButhanCBW01As Bhutan takes its first steps towards introducing community broadcasting in the country, the first ever ‘Capacity Building Workshop on Community Radio’ was held in Phuentsholing between November 17-26, 2015. Conducted by the UNESCO Chair on Community Media team from University of Hyderabad (UoH), this 10-day workshop was organized by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC), Bhutan with support from the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), UNESCO and the India office of UNESCO, New Delhi. The College of Science and Technology (CST, Phuntshoeling) played host to this CR workshop.

Anchored by Vasuki Belavadi, faculty fellow, UNESCO Chair on Community Media (Department of Communication, University of Hyderabad), the workshop was attended by 22 participants from eight pilot community radio stations to be set up in Bhutan. Prof. Vinod Pavarala, UNESCO Chair, Dr. Kanchan K. Malik, faculty fellow with the Chair, and Hemant Babu, Nomad India were the resource persons.

Inaugurating the workshop, the chief guest, Dasho Pemba Wangchuk, Dzongda (provincial executive head), Chukha dzongkhag (province), said that the experience gained from the eight pilot community radio stations being initiated in Bhutan would contribute towards policy formulation for the community broadcasting sector in the country. He pointed out that there was minimal coverage of rural areas in the newspapers and the voices of the rural people rarely get represented in the media existing in Bhutan. Community Radio can be that bridge, leading to the development of the dzongkhags (provinces), he said. He cautioned against the misuse of community radio and emphasized that it must remain apolitical and serve social issues.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, the UNESCO Chair on Community Media, Prof. Vinod Pavarala said the participants would be the pioneers who will show the way towards building of a robust community sector in Bhutan. Prof. Pavarala expressed his belief that community radio in Bhutan could not only promote knowledge sharing, but also, more importantly, address ‘voice poverty’. He referred to the 2015 Gross National Happiness Survey in Bhutan, which observed that geographically most of the unhappy are located in the rural areas, and said that community radio could be a means to ‘create just societies that enhance the well-being and happiness of all people.’


Representing the Ministry, the Coordinator of Training, Tshering Yangden, said that community radio in Bhutan will seek to reach the unreached and that it would focus attention on the needs of the rural areas.

Participants at the 10-day workshop were introduced to the basic principles of CR, codes and ethics and management principles. They were also introduced to studio and field equipment in the production chain; and the transmitter and antenna in the transmission chain.

Conducted in a participatory mode, the workshop also saw the participants learning the ropes of planning a programme, interviewing and editing using Audacity. They were also introduced to other means of reaching out and involving the communities using internet and mobile technologies.

Source: © Vasuki Belavadi, UNESCO Chair on Community Media

Call for proposals: video on the use of VGGT for Indigenous Peoples

on Friday, 27 November 2015 08:24. Posted in Opportunities

ProposalsThe Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is inviting interested organizations to submit a proposal on the practical application of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure by Indigenous Peoples.