/ 19 October 2020

THE BATANGAS State University has received a grant from the Department of Agriculture for the expansion of its existing radio station.

The station is now powered with a 100-watt FM transmitter and a full set of state-of-the-art radio broadcast equipment.

The grant is part of a tripartite agreement between BSU, DA, and Forefront Broadcasting Company, which provides the training for the university’s radio anchors.

DA Secretary William Dar highlighted the significance of the continued use of conventional technology to reach the farming and fishing community, who largely rely on radio programs for information.

“This new project will help not only the stakeholders of the university, but also those people who are considered the lifeline of Philippine agriculture,” Dar said.

BSU President Dr. Tirso Ronquillo, meanwhile, expressed gratitude to the department for trusting the university in running the community-oriented radio program.

Ronquillo underscored the importance of the university’s radio station as a platform to augment the means of communication, information, and education among people in remote areas that are hardly reached by modern technology.

Dr. Benedict Medina, the Department Chair of Undergraduate and Graduate Programs of the College of Arts and Sciences, serves as OIC Radio Station Manager.

Some of the programs to be aired initially are the ‘Buhay sa Bahay’ of Dr. Vanessa Castillo, ‘TALAKalikasan’ of Dr. Vaberlie Mandane-Garcia, programs of the DA central and regional offices, and music programs for students.

DWPB 107.3 FM D’AniKita radio airs every day from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m.