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Friday 24 June 2016, by SIGNIS

Manilla, June, 24th, 2016 (Ucanews). In the Philippines, the voice of Father Alex Galo reverberates for three hours every Tuesday and Thursday since 2013. On his radio show, he calls for the protection of the environment to over 15.000 households.

The radio program entitled “Kalibungan, Kinabuhi, Kamurayaw” (Environment, Life, Peace) has aired from 7 to 10 o’clock in the morning from the town of Salcedo since 2013. It is a project of the social action office of Borongan Diocese.

"The Church is aware how mining destroys the environment," Father Galo told ucanews.com. "We know the effects of climate change, floods, and the destruction of the forests," he said. The priest said the radio program aims to bring the Church’s stand against mining to a wider audience. "We cannot limit our advocacy within our parish where we only reach a few people. With the radio, we are able to bring the message to a wider audience," he said.

He said that the diocese was encouraged to continue with the project by Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’.

The listeners are very happy with this show: "We receive many text messages and calls from people who want to express their opinion," he said. The priest’s radio program “gives people a way to speak to authorities who would usually refuse to meet with protesters when they seek a meeting.”

Father Galo is not new to broadcasting. In the 1980s he used to have a radio show where he aired his reflections on the day’s Gospel.

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