Information dissemination is vital during times of disaster as storms and man-made calamities frequent in our country, with such occurrences terrestrial communications go down and cellular networks are immediately overloaded or destroyed, there are clubs of amateur and civic radio operators all around Mindanao ready to help.
Last Friday the first National Telecommunications Commission-Amateur and Civic Radio Club quarterly congress began and was held at the Mindanao Civic Center Gymnasium with the theme: “Effective early warning and early response through efficient communication system”.
Over forty amateur and professional radio clubs all over region ten gathered together for the event, the activity was initiated by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and led by Ms. Marlyn O. Trozo, NTC Region-X Dir. Teodoro Buenavista Jr.and Office of the Civil Defense-X Dir. Liza Rosales Mazo.
Board Member Harris Umpa Ali was also in the activity; He expressed his support and showed the importance of the Radio Clubs during in times of need and the responsibilities they carry as public informants for reliable information.
Local radio plays a particularly critical role in a community-based response to a crisis. Disaster researchers often note that all disasters are local in their impact, and that the first response to a crisis comes from the community itself. Local radio stations, given their resilience, flexibility, and accessibility, play a critical role in informing the public, coordinating response, and reconstituting community connections.
“Importante kining ACRC para ang mga different clubs mausa sa usa ka organization in times of disaster we response at one time, paghiusa sa mga different radio clubs dinhi sa Mindanao kasi in unity there is strength and there is force.” – Professor Andam Makalinding, Islamic Communication Philippine Original from Iligan.
When weather, natural, man-made or war/terrorism emergencies strike, amateur and civic radio operators fill the void left by busy government, humanitarian, safety and law enforcement agencies. They are highly trained professionals whose job has a very serious side in serving humanity in areas of their expertise. –PIO/LDN