• “Information is like a light,” says UN's John Ging

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

    Bill Germinal of Radio Bakdaw in the Philippines, interviewed John Ging, Director of Operations for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), on December 15, 2013 about the humanitarian response to Typhoon Haiyan.

    Speaking about the information that Radio Bakdaw provides, Ging said, “You’re turning on a light. Information is like a light. It’s taking people out of the dark.”

    Watch an excerpt from the interview:

  • 3 Meaningful Gifts to Give this Season

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

    1. The gift of information

    When disaster strikes  ̶  as we’ve seen in the crisis following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines  ̶  people return to their most basic needs: safety, food, clean water, and shelter. Along with these, they need information. Access to credible and trustworthy information enables people to fulfill their other immediate needs, and take the steps needed for long-term recovery. Help our team in the Philippines, and in other emergencies around the world, provide the gift of information.

  • In the Philippines, Citizens Rely on Radio to Reconnect with Family

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    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

    Listeners of Radyo Bakdaw in Guiuan, Philippines are using the radio to let family members know they are OK and to try and get information about relatives they’ve lost contact with.

    “When the station goes off the air at 8:00 pm, we’re flooded with text messages asking us to not stop broadcasting,” said Stijn Aelbers, Internews team leader.

    Radio Bakdaw (“Rise”) went live on November 26, providing much-needed news and information to people affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

  • Radio Stories: From the Philippines, Emergency Radio Station Report while Rebuilding

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    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

    Internews launched Radio Bakdaw (“Rise”) in November, to provide residents of Guiuan and nearby areas with much-needed information. Many of the local reporters and staff working at the radio station are from Radio Natin, the only FM radio station in Guiuan prior to the storm. Radio Natin was completely destroyed by typhoon damage, and all of the local reporters and staff were affected by the storm.

  • Live on the Air in the Philippines: Radio “Rise” Reconnects Communities

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    Tuesday, November 26, 2013

    On November 26 at 6:00 am, Internews launched Radio Bakdaw ("Rise" in the local language) on 92.9 FM providing much-needed news and information to over 50,000 people in Guiuan in Eastern Samar, Philippines, where typhoon Haiyan first touched land on November 8.

    Every house in Guiuan was either destroyed or severely damaged in the storm. Until Radio Bakdaw went live on air there was no available radio on the entire FM band. Reports from NGOs in the area confirm that Radio Bakdaw can now be heard at least 40km from Guiuan.