Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Radyo ng Bayan in Sulu province gets new facelift

The facade of the state-owned Radyo ng Bayan in Sulu province which was recently inaugurated in the capital town of Jolo.

SULU, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 17, 2010) – The state-run Radyo ng Bayan inaugurated its newly renovated broadcast station in the capital town of Jolo in Sulu province.

Zenaida Masong, station manager of the dxSM, expressed her gratitude to Sulu Governor Sakur Tan who funded the renovation of the radio station. She said it was also during the time of Tan, then the congressman of Sulu, that the Radyo ng Bayan acquired a 10-kilowatt Harris transmitter.

Masong said the total cost of the renovation reached more than half a
million pesos which Tan funded. The radio station also added some P300,000 more for other improvements. She said the improvements included the building housing the radio station, among others.

“This is the first time that a government official has given Radyo Ng Bayan assistance in this scale and Governor Sakur Tan made us feel the importance and value of media in public service,” she said.

Engineer Mike Pangilinan, of the government’s Bureau of Broadcast Services, who represented Director John Manalili, expressed his gratitude to the support of Governor Tan to the Radyo Ng Bayan.

The Radyo ng Bayan and the Sulu Provincial Government’s constructive
collaboration in providing information to the people and the community is a noble duty. Radyo Ng Bayan is an ally of the provincial government for progress and development, Thank you to Governor Sakur Tan,” Pangilinan said during the inauguration of the dxSM.

He said in addition to the improvement of the Radyo Ng Bayan, dxSM will soon have its own digital audio and video capabilities, including teleconferencing facilities.

The inauguration was attended by many town and provincial officials.

“The renovated Radyo ng Bayan, constructed with the support and assistance of the Provincial Government, is a testament of how we value friends from media,” the governor said.

He also appealed to media to give due space and attention to the better things that are happening in Sulu instead of sensationalizing news which is affecting the good image of the province.

“Despite the portrayal of the province as violence-prone as we usually
see in the news and hear over the broadcast medium, we always treat media as friends and allies of the government, to the extent of almost pampering them. The power of media in shaping public opinion is well acknowledged,” he said. (The Sulu Provincial Information Office contributed to this report.)

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