The old radio transmitter and building infront of the Municpal Hall
at Upper Port Holland, Maluso.
August 17, 2018, Maluso, Basilan – Two (2)technical specialists visited Maluso, Basilan last August 15 to inspect the two (2) proposed sites for the alliance radio to be supported by the AECID-funded Modeling Inter-LGU Alliance Building (MILAB) Project.
The specialists first visited the old building of a defunct community radio at Upper Port Holland which was funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The second visit was at the new municipal government center in Sitio Camanggaan, Barangay Townsite, where a suitable location for the proposed radio station was identified at the left back corner of the municipal building.
In an interview for this article, Bojo Sajiran, Municipal Civil Registrar of Lantawan, believed that the radio will be helpful in informing the general public on the importance of civil documents such as birth, marriage and death. Rhendi P. Francisco, Municipal Tourism Officer of Maluso, viewed the radio as a great tool to create awareness about local tourism potential, promote tourism destination and activities. He added, “maalis ang haka-haka na nakakatakot ang lugar namin” (we remove suspicion that our place is bad or dangerous).
Several months ago, the steering committee of the Western Basilan Alliance (WBA) composed of mayors and the provincial governor have decided to locate their proposed radio in Maluso because the latter is strategically located at the center of the allied municipalities.
It was revealed that the financial arrangement for this project will be as follows: MILAB project will purchase the radio facility, the host LGU will fund the building construction, while the operational costs will be through paid advertisements and subsidies from the LGUs. They are also looking for another partner to procure a backup generator given the intermittent power outage in the island province.
As proposed by the LGUs, the alliance radio is envisioned as a platform for dissemination of government and non-government programs; exchange of development views between government, stakeholders and constituents; as well as a tool for disaster risk reduction and management.
A final meeting with the radio procurement entity and specialists has been set before the end of this month to commence both the building construction and facility installation.
WBA is the first interlocal cooperation in Basilan and is being capacitated by the AECID-funded MILAB Project, implemented by the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) with the Zamboanga-Basilan Integrated Development Alliance (ZABIDA) as CSO partner.