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Monday 22 August 2016, by SIGNIS

Tacloban City, August 22nd, 2016 (IAWRT). At the end of July, about two hundred typhoon survivors participated in the first-ever community radio podcast in the Philippines. This event is part of a series of activities in preparation for the establishment of a women-led disaster risk reduction community radio station, to broadcast from Tacloban City.

In late 2013, Tacloban city and the Eastern Visayas region took the brunt of the destruction of Super Typhoon Haiyan or ’Yolanda’, which left more than 6,300 dead and hundreds of thousands without homes and livelihoods .

The community podcast was organized by the Philippine chapter of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT). The podcast event was organized in cooperation with Kodao Productions and the Eastern Visayas-based multimedia group Eastern Vista.

The morning podcast focused on peasant issues, including the state of the agricultural sector in the region after typhoons Yolanda, Ruby and Seniang successively ravaged the region since November 2013.

Podcast resource persons exposed what they said was the government’s neglect of the farmers in the agricultural region. “We are still in an unstable situation. We were not given enough assistance” ‘Denise’, a woman peasant, said.

The afternoon podcast discussed the 15-point people’s agenda, which progressive organizations from all over the country, including Eastern Visayas people’s organizations, submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte after his inauguration on June 30 2016.

Hosted by volunteer broadcasters Danny Cordova and Frenchie Mae Cumpio, the afternoon podcast discussed the peasants’ demands such as genuine agrarian reform in light of Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address on July 25. Five Pinabacdao farmers also discussed the militarization of their area, and allegations of torture, threats and intimidation by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in their communities. “They [AFP] shouldn’t violate the human rights of the farmers who are just working to earn a living,” local peasant and alleged victim, Leo Macabante, said.
More community podcasts are scheduled in August and September in other communities around Eastern Visayas.

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