Radio Tacunan lives on...
Davao City (23 December) -- They love it so they own it. They want it to continue so it would last for the next generation to enjoy.
Barangay officials of Tacunan in Baguio District, Davao City are still enamored with operating Radio Tacunan. It is merely a community public address system (COMPAS) put to life through assembled amplifier, a karaoke and 6 units of what they called "trompa" perched high through a pole so the sound reaches if possible communities outside Tacunan.
Depending on which direction the wind blows strong, Tacunan airwaves reach listeners within three to four kilometers.
Long before people in Tacunan enjoy electricity, Radio Tacunan has been in their community, bringing local news and information during its morning edition from 4:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. and afternoon edition from 4:00 pm. To 6:00 p.m.
Radio Tacunan was a project under the Philippine Council for Agriculture Resources and Research Development Consortium PCARRD put up 13 years ago. The United Nations Children's Fund (UNOCEF) adopted the concept of establishing COMPAS to communicate children's welfare especially in local communities.
Officers and members of a Broadcast Media Council composed of sectoral leaders in the barangay run the station. Coming from youth, women, elderly, farmers sector they talk about their concerns on air.
There are not receiving any incentive but they still go on with their daily broadcast slots. Their labor and dedication pays off when they get elected as barangay officials owing to their popularity in the local airwaves.
"Kami tanan miaga sa radyo." Tacunan Barangay Captain Arnold Asobe said.
PCCARD has left but the community radio still goes on serving its local listeners who run to the station whenever they lose their backyard raised animals. They also have found a way of greeting love ones on air during special occasion through the radio.
Radio Tacunan has since become a model COMPAS. Officials and employees from Interested municipal government usually visit Tacunan to get to know how the community radio operates. From Tacunan, COMPAS has been replicated in Kapalong, Davao del Norte and in Maragusan, Compostela Valley.
The Monkayo municipal government in Compostela Valley is quite interested in replicating the COMPAS. It is eyeing to set up one in Mt. Diwalwal.
The Information Directorate of the National Task Force Diwalwal at the regional level has included among its major projects the setting up of a COMPAS to address concern on lack of awareness, knowledge and understanding especially on protection management and development of the environment. (PIA/JMDAbangan) [top]