Over a thousand members of civic action groups and amateur radio clubs from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) gathered Friday, September 13, for a summit.
The first BARMM-Wide Radshow Summit, with a theme “Strengthening Radio Communication towards a disaster resilient BARMM,” was held at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex, BARMM Compound in Cotabato City.
It was spearheaded by the BARMM’s Regional Telecommunications Commission.
During the event, Froilan Jamias, regional director of National Telecommunications Commissions -XI, lectured on the rules, policies, and regulations of using ham radio.
Lt. Col. Mario Recentes, Commanding Officer of the 6th Signal Battalion, provided lectures on the significance of radio communication during disaster.
In his speech, Bangsamoro government Interim Chief Minister Al Haj Murad Ebrahim has underscored the importance of using two-way radios in effective communication.
He recalled how inefficient it was to write letters as a form of communication during the early stages of the Bangsamoro struggle.
“Wala pang radio noon, ang communication namin ay sulat lang.” Ebrahim said. “Nahirapan tayo sa communication […] ang ginagawa ay ipinasa-pasa ang sulat sa bawat baryo, so kung minsan mayroong pangyayari doon sa baryo, hindi na nakakarating yung sulat.”
However, Ebrahim said using two-way radios must be regulated as it also has its disadvantages. One example is that two-way radios are commonly used as triggering devices in detonating bombs.
“Kaya kailangan ding ma-regulate natin because maraming disadvantage kapag hindi ma-regulate,” he said.