DWDA starts regular broadcast operations
The educational radio station of the Department of Agriculture, Regional Field Office No. 02 (DA-RFO 02), DWDA 105.3 MHZ FM Radyo Pangkaunlaran, had recently started its regular broadcast operations.
Being the first radio station owned and managed by a regional office of DA, DWDA operates from 5:00 AM to 5:00 PM from Monday to Saturday.
According to DA RFO 02 Regional Executive Director Lucrecio R. Alviar Jr., the station serves as a ready venue for the agency’s dissemination of various programs, projects, services, and other agriculture-related concerns.
“I was not spared to the broadcast operations of DWDA since I have my own schedule every Monday at 5:00 – 6:00 AM entitled Agri-ing Kayon Director’s Hour,” Alviar said.
He explained that banner programs, divisions, and research centers/experiment stations have their own time slots.
“This team effort is essential for the timely dissemination of the latest developments and information relative to agriculture. We owe this to our development partners, the farming communities, and the general public.”
Meantime, the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) had already gone full blast on airwaves. The Project is being discussed during the Agri-Espesyal Program every Friday, 6:00 to 7:00 AM.
“During one of its episodes, the PRDP National Deputy Project Director, Engr. Arnel V. de Mesa, served as the resource person,” said Mr. Hector U. Tabbun, Regional Information Officer of DA-RFO 02 and the new Head of the RPCO2 InfoACE Unit.
“The Agri-Espesyal Program discusses DA’s special concerns such as the PRDP, Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) and services offered by the Finance and Administrative Division (FAD) and the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Division (PMED).”
Tabbun shared that the Regional Agricultural and Fisheries Information Section (RAFIS) will spearhead and ensure the smooth operation of DWDA in coordination with all the involved divisions/units and banner programs.
“Our farmcasters are the DA-RFO 02 employees who were trained to handle radio broadcasting. We are lucky to have them as broadcasters in addition to their current duties and responsibilities.”
Tabbun encouraged the farmers and fisherfolk and the general public to tune in to DWDA for its daily programs.
“We assure the public that we will air topics concerning the needs of our clients. This facility will be the answer on problems of agriculture sector particularly the low adoption of technologies.”
Radio remains an effective medium of information transfer even in this modern era. According to studies, farmers and fisherfolk still preferred radio as a source of information owing to its being handy and affordability. (Hector Tabbun, RPCO2 InfoACE)