Friday, November 1, 2019

WBA radio is PBS new affiliate station

Simple MoA signing ceremony between PBS headed by DirGen Rizal Giovanni "Bong" Aportadera Jr and Maluso mayor Hans Bud. (L to R) PBS accreditation committee chair Engr Rodentor Domingo, PBS DirGen Bong Aportadera Jr, Maluso mayor Hans Bud, WBA radio station manager Zia Ulhaq Basa and Maluso head of health office Dr Shalhua Sahipa-Yasin.
Maluso, Basilan (October 29, 2019) - The Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS) and Maluso local government signs a memorandum of agreement (MoA) is a simple ceremony at the Maluso town hall.

The MoA accredits the WBA 99.1FM radio station managed by Maluso local government on behalf of the Western Basilan Alliance (WBA), and which was inaugurated last October 14, 2019, located at the new town hall complex in barangay Taberlongan, this municipality.

As a PBS affiliate station, WBA 99.1FM will operate based on PBS standards for it's affiliate stations spread nationwide, receive technical support, including its registration with the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC).

Maluso mayor Hans Bud says that hosting the WBA radio station is an extra challenge that they heartily embrace as they believe this will have positive impact on local governance and the lives of ordinary citizens in this trading town. He added that his team had also been up to developmental challenges as he echoes their 3rd win for the national Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLC), among many Awards they have been recognized.

PBS DirGen believes that it is in the best interest of the country to support local governments and local alliances that have shown innovativeness, creativity and initiativeness in delivering public service and reaching out to their constituencies. He hope that other local governments in the countryside will follow the WBA lead.

According to Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) executive director Atty Benny Bacani, the partnership is a welcome initiative to sustain the radio station, which his agency donated to the WBA, and intended as a shared platform for social communication and community engagement.

The radio facility was made possible through the "Modelling Inter-LGU Alliance in Basilan" (MILAB), a project funded by AECID, the Spanish aid agency for international cooperation and development; while the station building was constructed by the provincial government of Basilan under the leadership of PGov Jim Hataman and Maluso local government headed by Mayor Hans A Bud.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

WBA inaugurates radio station

Signing of the deed of donation between donor Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) headed by it's Executive Director Atty Benny Bacani and the donee Maluso local government headed by Mayor Hanie Bud.
Taberlongan, Maluso, Basilan (October 14, 2019) - The Western Basilan Alliance (WBA) composed of the municipalities of Hadji Mutamad, Lantawan, Maluso, Sumisip and Tabuan Lasa and the provincial government of Basilan inaugurate today their alliance radio station at the new Municipal Government Center, Taberlongan, Maluso, Basilan Province.

The radio facility is a component of the Modeling Inter-LGU Alliance in Basilan (MILAB) Project funded by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and implemented by the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (AIG); while building was constructed out of the development funds allocated by the provincial government of Basilan and the municipal government of Maluso. The WBA 99.1Mhz FM station has a maximum capacity of 2,000 watts, and will broadcast from 8 o'clock in the morning to 5 o'clock in the afternoon, Monday to Friday.

HE Jorge Moragas, Ambassador of Spain to the Philippines reiterates the common heritage and political partnership between Spain and the Philippines and how this translates into meaningful support in Basilan and BARMM that are coming out conflict, like the idea of inter-LGU alliance in pursuit of shared goals.

WBA's lead champion honorable Hadjiman 'Jim' Hataman-Salliman, the provincial governor of Basilan, expressed his idea of forming this development alliance because he believes it is the right time to move away from tge traditional view that development is only about infrastructure. He strongly believes that leaders and their constituencies should view development holistically, and the establishment of this radio station will support social communication and community engagement among the peoples and local governments of the WBA.

Maluso Mayor Hanie A. Bud, on hosting the radio station in his municipality, believes that the radio is still an effective medium of engaging peoples in this part of the world, a test for Maluso in developing sustainable management capacity and reaching out to more people involved and aware of the different projects and activities undertaken by the local governments.

The Sanggunian Bayan (SB) of Maluso also expressed their appreciation about the project through a resolution to the Spanish Ambassador and the Provincial Governor.