With the goal of strengthening the promotions of Research and Development (R&D) in Caraga, Assistant Regional Director of DOST and Project Coordinator of the Caraga Health Research and Development Consortium (CHRDC), Mr. Ricardo N. Varela, took the initiative to partner with Hope Radio Butuan to communicate the different R&D outputs to hard-to-reach areas in the region.
Despite today’s digital world, Mr. Varela believed that radio is still the most important medium of communication in reaching the remote areas like the case of Caraga where there are still a handful number of Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA).
“Daghan pa gyud nga mga remote areas nga absent pa sa mga lain nga communication media sama sa internet ug print. (There are still remote areas who cannot access to different communication media, such as the internet and print),” explains ARD Varela.
DOST officially launched the first episode of the radio program tagged as “Techno Asenso”, Ang Tuburan sa Kaalam ug Kalamboan (the source of information and development) yesterday, April 18. The program airs on Wednesdays, from 9-10 AM with four segments, which includes the Talk with the Expert, Science Trivia, Science and Technology Champions, and Taho sa Panahon or Weather Updates.
In an interview, Mr. Varela said CHRDC will be featured in the one-hour radio program. This will serve as a platform for the consortium to advocate its function. He also assured that the recent research findings funded through the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) initiatives will be highlighted for the Caraganons to be updated.
CHRDC is now utilizing the different Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials for expanded information dissemination.