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Inday Sara: Radio’s role crucial

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Vice presidential aspirant and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Wednesday stressed that radio in the provinces plays a crucial role on prompt information dissemination for strengthened disaster preparedness and awareness.

In her online show, the Davao City mayor stressed that information regarding what to do during and after calamities and disasters will be passed on to the public swiftly using radio broadcasts.

She also featured the local government unit (LGU)-run Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR), which has been widely utilized by the LGU in disseminating information about activities, projects, programs, and other public service announcements.

The operations kicked off in February 2020, just when the world was gripped by fear brought by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, followed by strict implementation of lockdowns.

Vivian Lorico, acting head of Davao City Information Office, on Wednesday underlined the need to put up the radio station in order to reach out to more Dabawenyos and provide timely, relevant, and useful information.

Dubbed “Ang Radyo ng mga Dabawenyo,” DCDR on 87.5 FM frequency was launched in February 2020 to strengthen the city’s disaster awareness program with its 24/7 regular programming.

Owned and managed by the City Government of Davao, the radio station’s operations budget comes from the disaster funds.

Aside from disaster awareness and Covid-19 response, the radio station also features activities of different Davao City departments and offices.

Among these are: “Serbisyo Dabawenyo” and “At Your Service” of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSDO); “Seguridad sa Syudad” of the city’s security cluster including the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippiner National Police; “Katikaran sa Konseho” of the Sangguniang Panlungsod; “Covid-19 Alert” and “Bida Bakunado” that gives updates pertaining to the city’s response to Covid-19 pandemic; “DCDR News Break”; entertainment program “Happy Kaayo”; and “Special Hour With Mayor Sara Duterte.”

The radio station, Lorico said, covers the entire Davao region and other neighboring areas in Mindanao. It can be also be accessed through live streaming on the Davao City Disaster Radio official Facebook Page.

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