Konsult Mindanaw launches radio drama series

It will be aired through the island-wide facilities of the Bombo Radyo network and the Notre Dame Broadcasting Corporation. 

The drama series narrates the trials and triumphs of Christian, Muslim, and Lumad families. Their fears and hopes are chronicled in classic radio drama fashion, replete with the sounds of battle and the haunting strains of “Isang Paanyaya,” the project anthem. 

Fr. Albert Alejo, SJ, Konsult Mindanaw team leader, says that the radio program “is in keeping with our belief that effective communications lies at the heart of any effort to consult meaningfully with the people.”

Conceived by the BUC late last year, Konsult Mindanaw is a comprehensive initiative designed to poll people’s sentiments and suggestions regarding the ongoing peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. 

Some 300 focus group discussions are currently being mapped out in at least 12 Mindanao provinces. Some of the island’s top colleges and universities have been commissioned to design and implement the FGDs. 

Each “Radyo Kalinaw” episode runs for 20 minutes, and will be aired at least three times a week.

BUC chair and Davao Abp. Fernando Capalla has thrown the full support of the Conference to the project.

“Sa atong hiniusang paglihuk, mahitabo ang atong gipangandoy nga kalinaw sa Mindanao” (With our united actions, our dreams for a peaceful Mindanao will come true), goes the archbishop’s blurb between the radio episodes.

Ronie Flores, Bombo Radyo Davao division head, expressed optimism that the program “will make a significant impact on the people’s perceptions on peace,” noting his station’s “extensive and reliable coverage.” (Konsult Mindanaw)