More than 100 delegates from 44 out of 45 Nutriskwela Community Radio Stations (NCRS) based from Batanes to Tawi-tawi gathered at the Mansion in Iloilo for three days to discuss updates on nutrition, community broadcasting and to share and discuss practices and concerns in managing and operating radio stations.
From the Cordillera region are personnel and program makers of Radyo Kiphodan 99.1 FM in Lagawe, Ifugao; Radyo Kabinnulig 99.9 FM Langilang, Abra; Radyo Kataguwan 97.3 FM Bauko, Mountain Province, and Radyo Kasalip 96.7 FM Pasil, Kalinga.
“The foundation of the Nutriskwela program is deeply rooted in the true definition of a community radio station as taught to us by our dear friend, the late Ka Louie Tabing, who helped us to start Nutriskwela,” Assistant Secretary of Health and NNC Executive Director Maria-Bernardita T. Flores stressed.
She noted the significant milestone for the NCRNP that started from five radio stations in 2008 and grew to 45 stations in 2017.
The community radio is operated in the community, for the community, about the community and by the community, the people.
“Let’s always keep this in mind. We are doing all of these for the community, serving the community, involving them and equipping them toward improved nutrition and development,” Flores stated.
Activities during the first day of the conference included the presentation of NCRNP updates, trends in the nutrition status of areas with NCRS, strengthening nutriskwela radio for development broadcasting, making nutriskwela more “nutrilicious” by improving programming and a fellowship night.
Topics for the second day were revisiting roles and responsibilities in nutriskwela; rules and regulations on radio broadcast; radio broadcast during electoral campaign period and an observation tour to Radyo Kaabyanan in Sibalom, Antique.
The last day was devoted to live stream broadcast; sharing of good practices and the 4th NCR awards. (JDP/MBL- PIA CAR, Ifugao)
By Marcelo B. Lihgawon