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Department of Agriculture (DA) Region IV-CALABARZON is partnering with Batangas State University (BatSU) and Forefront Broadcasting Company (FBC) for D’Ani-Kita Radio project, an expansion of DWPB 107.3 FM community radio station in Batangas City.

This three-way partnership will grant the BatSU’s DWPB radio station with a 100-watt FM transmitter and a full set of radio broadcast equipment that will boost its coverage to a radius of up to 25 kilometers.

In the light of this tripartite project partnership, an FBC-led radio broadcasting webinar for the staff of BatSU and DA CALABARZON was conducted on September 2, 2020 to prepare and improve their radio broadcasting knowledge, specifically in using broadcast voice, interviewing skills, developing program contents, and writing for radio, to name a few through the help of renowned and veteran radio personalities who are affiliated with FBC.

Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar has said in his message that the aim of this radio broadcasting expansion is to support more stakeholders in agriculture.

“Radio is a very powerful tool to reach out to the unreached. We are looking at every opportunity to collaborate with institutions, like BatSU, to help DA reach further and to provide information to farmers, fisherfolk, and agri-preneurs, especially during this pandemic. We will ensure that this partnership will grow and achieve its goal of reaching out to more members of the agriculture sector,” the Secretary said.

BatSU President, Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo, expressed his gratitude to DA for choosing BatSU as its partner in this project. He is also thankful for the continued training and support of DA, particularly during this pandemic.

Meanwhile, DA CALABARZON Regional Director Arnel V. de Mesa believes that radio is still one of the most effective ways of disseminating information, and with D’Ani-Kita Radio Project, disseminating information on important programs and services for the farmers and fisherfolk in the region will be more holistic.

Among the resource persons during the webinar were: Mr. Mario Garcia, a Philippine broadcast media veteran and former broadcaster of DZMM’s Radyo Patrol; Ms. Mackay V. Quadra, Pinoy MD sa DZBB producer; Mr. Andy Vital, former news director of Manila Broadcasting Company-DZRH and now an editor of a Southern California-based online news; and Mr. Francisco “Kiko” J. Flores, a critically-acclaimed DZBB anchorman.

The target date for D’Ani-Kita Radio project’s initial broadcast is the third week of September. With this, more farmers, fisherfolk, agri-preneurs, and youth in CALABARZON can learn more about DA’s programs and services. • (MAP, DA-RAFIS)