NCRFW now on-air

14 May 2009, MANILA – Women’s issues and advocacies will now be heard on-air as the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW), the government’s machinery for women’s advancement partners with the Bureau of Broadcast Services (BBS) for a twice a month radio program on women’s concerns.

The initial broadcast of the program dubbed as “Tinig Ng Kababaihan” will be on May 15, 2009 (Friday) and will be aired every second and last Friday of the month. The 45-minute radio program, which will go on air from 12:15 to 1:00 pm, is set to tackle different issues concerning women and will be the official mouthpiece of the NCRFW. This is the first radio venture of the NCRFW since its existence in 1975.

“Tinig Ng Kababaihan” aims to raise public awareness of the government’s efforts to promote gender equality and uphold women’s human rights including those guaranteed under the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (UN CEDAW), concerns in the CEDAW Concluding Comments and other international and national treaties and obligations.

The radio program is a joint effort of the NCRFW and the BBS, the country’s official radio broadcasting network with mandate to promote government advocacies, services and information for the good of Filipino women and men.

BBS Director John S. Manalili said that he fully supports the women’s agenda and that BBS has an obligation to promote women’s rights, gender equality and development in all of its programs nationwide.

NCRFW Chair Myrna T. Yao explained that the radio program will educate and inform the public on various women’s issues. She also stressed the importance of radio for public information as it still remains as the most cost-effective and far-reaching mass media available in the Philippines.

For messages and questions during the program, listeners can text RADIO (SPACE) BAYAN (SPACE) Your Name (SPACE) and Message (Example: RADIO BAYAN Sylvia Santos Mabuhay Ang Kababaihan!). Send to 2311 for Globe subscribers and 350 for Smart and Talk and Text subscribers.