Sunday, 08 September 2013 00:00
I was most happy to hear that DXMM in Jolo, which may have been going through technical problems for some time, continues to be delivering information on air.
This, after Sulu Area Coordinating Center (SACC) Executive Director Fazlur-Rahman Abdulla informed me that DXMM Station Manager Imelda Paraja reacted to an earlier opinion that I posted here on La Chica Viajera that DXMM was “off for good”. The station apparently has been undergoing some technical problems especially with the power outage issues with the Sulu Electric Cooperative (SULECO) as the electricity provider in Sulu province.
DXMM has been doing commendable public service in the province through broadcasting for many years now. It has been a pillar in communications in Sulu and has been among the media for information dissemination in the province. I fairly remember when I went to Jolo as a reporter and listened to this station, and the announcer then on board was discussing agricultural issues. In the early years of this millennium, I had looked into the station as a model for community-based radio in the Zamboanga-Basilan-Sulu-Tawi-Tawi Region. In those days, DXUS 90.7 FM in Eastern Mindanao, DYNS 102.9 FM or Compas Radio in Catarman, Northern Samar, DWTP 101.6 FM also known as Tambuli Radio in Camarines Sur were among the Philippines’ models for community-based radio stations.
I rang Fr. Romeo Villanueva, OMI, president of the Notre Dame of Jolo College, who patiently explained to me that the Oblates of the Mary Immaculate (OMI) and not NDJC as an educational institution is behind DXMM. The National Telecommunications Communication (NTC) Regional Office IX shared a document to me that listed down all registered broadcast stations in the Philippines, and this further revealed that DXMM is registered as owned by the Sulu Tawi-Tawi Broadcasting Foundation.
Community-based radio is very much needed in most areas in Mindanao, especially in Sulu. Recently, Kusug Radio FM 100.7 or DXJC opened, and is currently operating from Talipao town, also in Sulu. The addition of DXJC of the Marine Battalion Landing Team2, into the radio community occupied by DXSM of the Philippine Broadcasting Company (headed by colleague Zeny Masong, whom I met briefly last month in Patikul) and the DXMM of the Sulu TawiTawi Broadcasting Foundation, will certainly empower further information dissemination and broadcast entertainment in Sulu. And DXMM will certainly remain a media communication force in the province.
Well, I missed meeting broadcaster Jeff Sampang when I was in Jolo last week. But I look forward to meeting with him again, as we were together in earlier media gatherings, especially at General Santos City for the Mindanao Media Summit, along with Nash Abduhadi. But when I return to Sulu, I look forward again to meeting media colleagues there.
(Frencie Carreon, La Chica Viajera, for Zamboanga Today)
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