18 September 2017, Quezon City – Radyo Lumad starts airing today, broadcasted from the Kampuhan in the University of the Philippines – Diliman campus.
“Radyo Lumad 1575 AM is the expression of the struggles of the Lumad who have been marginalized, discriminated, and oppressed. The radio is the voice of the Lumad in Mindanao that seeks to be heard. Through the radio, the Lumads can impart their culture, which amidst attacks, is diminishing along with the peoples”, Ailene Villarosa, officer of ‘Healing the Hurt’ Project said.
Broadcast is currently being done from the Kampuhan in solidarity with the various Lumad communities carrying their call to nation’s capital under the ‘Lakbayan ng Pambansang Minorya para sa Sariling Pagpapasya at Makatarungang Kapayapaan (Journey of National Minorities for Self-Determination and Just Peace)’.
The launching kickstarted this morning and is set to continue airing every day from 8:00am-5:00pm in the province of Bukidnon and nearby areas, featuring stories from the Lumad communities of Northern Mindanao and Caraga regions.
Radyo Lumad is an initiative of RMP-NMR in partnership with the Kalumbay Regional Lumad Organization and the Kodao Productions. It was made possible with the support from the European Union under the ‘Healing the Hurt’ Project and supplemented by the World Association for Christian Communications.
Programming of the new station will be solely dedicated to Lumad stories, news reports, alternative music and advocacy songs for the Lumads produced by Mindanao musicians, and the traditional music of the Lumad communities. Aiding the work against the discrimination of the Lumads, live reports of cases of violations direct from communities and interviews with victims are also included in its programming. A specific segment will be allotted for interactive discourse on Lumad issues where questions from listeners via text messages or phone calls will be entertained.
The setting up of the radio aims at targeting listeners from the urban and rural poor communities who largely use radio both as an entertainment and a source of information. They also compose the overwhelming majority in the grassroots that have long developed socio-political prejudice and religious biases against Indigenous Peoples from stories they have heard from the mainstream media and other communication channels. ###