At least 500 members of civic action groups and amateur radio clubs participated Friday in the first radio summit initiated by the Regional Telecommunications Commission of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
With the theme “Communicating Peace through Ham Radio,” the 1st ARMM-wide radio show summit held in Cotabato City was done in partnership with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).
“Kailangan i-update natin ang ating mga kaalaman sa paggamit nitong mga ham radios, sa pagko-communicate at coordinate, and how you do that better in a systematic manner para makatulong sa ating mga kababayan,” said ARMM Executive Secretary Atty. Laisa Alamia.
She said the summit was very timely as a super typhoon has entered the Philippines.
“We have been monitoring this (super typhoon) for two days now and what we have done sa ARMM-HEART (Humanitarian Emergency Action and Response Team) is to coordinate with these radio clubs and civil action groups,” Alamia said.
“You (radio operators) are a very important part of the whole pillar of the ARMM on responding to emergencies and humanitarian crisis,” she added.
An NTC examination for amateur radio operators will be conducted Saturday, September 15, at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex in Cotabato City, where passers will be given the Radio Amateur Operator Certificate.