By Tu Alid Alfonso
COTABATO City (August 7, 2013) – The Kutawato Multimedia Network or KuMuNet, a group of local civil society organizations and some media practitioners based in Mindanao, will launch a radio program to be heard over DXMS radio station in Cotabato City on August 15, 2013.
Dubbed as “Bangsamoro Ngayon: Tinig ng Kapayapaan” or “Bangsamoro Today: A Voice for Peace,” the program will be aired every Thursday at 7pm-7:30pm.
“It is a KuMuNet long-dreamt program aimed at reaching the public as part of its effort in advancing common advocacy for just-peace,” Jamer Guimba, UNYPAD focal person to KuMuNet, said.
“This program also serves as mouthpiece of KuMuNet network members including the grassroots communities in the conflict-affected areas,” Guimba, also a National Secretary of the UNYPAD Committee on Research and Information, added.
He also disclosed that it will tackle the current status of peace process between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), issues on Climate Change – Early Warning and Early Response, Gender sensitivity, Conflict and Peace, and the views of the common people in a certain issue that would affect their wellbeing are given space.
The said program is supported by the GIZ-Civil Peace Service (German International Corporation) and ForumZFD (Civil Peace Service).
Ms. Karen Watermann, ForumZFD Project Manager, said that the radio program is going to be tested for five months. If it goes well, there is a possibility for an extension in the following year.
In ‘Kapihan sa Forum on Saturday at RRUC Office, ORG Compound, Cotabato City, Watermann disclosed that among of radio project outputs was that “the KuMuNet must have to conduct two community peace forums; one for Urban area preferably in Cotabato City, and another one will be held in Rural area.”
Meanwhile, Forum ZFD’s Project Officer Hasna A. Adi, said: “Before the actual airing on August 15, this coming August 11-12, a radio production workshop must have been scheduled for KuMuNet members to prepare all necessary materials needed in the radio program.”
“We want to make it sure that we have a quality radio program during the first broadcast,” she added.
The aims of Kutawato Multimedia Network is to bring together the communications and advocacy components of its member organizations, thereby aiming at a hands-on initiative that unites on-going media skill development with strengthening of institutional ties in the framework of collaborative action in peace advocacy.
Included in its regular activity are the “Kapihan sa Forum” that will serve as meeting place of its member network for discussing current affairs, inputs from expert individual, and planning.
Another form of its communication strategy is the e-Group, a platform that has been setup for regular exchange of information among its members; others were the proposed KuMuNet website, Newsletter, and Capacity building program for its members.
KuMuNet is a loose network that was formed in March 2011 after a series of multimedia workshops facilitated by the ForumZFD. It is a platform where it advances peace advocacy program in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao, establish collaborative partnership with external actors, and strengthening media engagement.
The KuMuNet members are: Bangsamoro Centre for Just Peace (BCJP), Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS), Capturing Lives in Camera (CLIC), Kadtuntaya Foundation, Inc. (KFI), ForumZFD, Mindanao Human Rights Action Center (MinHRAC), Mindanao Peoples Caucus (MPC), Mindanao Peoples Peace Movement (MPPM), Mindanao Action for Peace and Development Initiatives (MAPAD), Moro Women Development and Cultural Center (MWDECC), i-Watch, Regional Reconciliation and Unification Commission (RRUC), United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD), and United Youth of the Philippines-Women (UnYPhil- Women).