The National Nutrition Council together with MQ MediaZone Production conducted a four-day refresher training course on Nutriskwela Community Radio broadcasting and management operations of Radyo Kasuhnan (98.5 fm) in Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay. The activity was conducted on August 23-26, 2016 at the conference room of the municipal hall.
The Nutriskwela Community Radio Station Radyo Kasuhnan 98.5 fm was established by the National Nutrition Council in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Siay in 2008. The establishment of the community radio aims to empower the community through radio in order to disseminate correct, current and relevant nutrition and health information, as well as educational and developmental information, from all concerned sectors of the community, government agencies and non-government organizations.
Likewise the training aims to improve capabilities and skills on radio programming and operations of those who are involved in Radyo Kasuhnan but have not been trained when the radio station was established in 2008. It also addresses various concerns such as maintenance of equipment, anchoring for new recruits, radio programming, signal mapping, use of new media and sustainability of the CRC among others.
Fifty two (52) or over 100% participants from different sectors of the government and non-government agencies attended the training. The four-day training enabled the participants to appreciate the use of community radio for community development, camaraderie among members of the Nutriskwela Community Radio Council and learned how to formulate plans and policies to carry out the mission and purpose of the nutriskwela community radio station.
As output of the training the participants were able to formulate a 3 year plan (2016-2018, their Vision and Mission statements. Mayor Jarvis M. Acosta expressed his full support to whatever program and developmental activities the community radio can give as long as it will benefit the people of Siay and its neighboring municipalities, these may be health and nutrition information and other government and non-government advocacies or entertainment. The participants also gave their pledge of commitment and certificate of completion was given to participants during the last day of the training.