Haiyan Relief - Radio and SMS Information Services

by Internews
Dec 26, 2013

"Information is Like a Light"

UNOCHA Interview on Radio Bakdaw
UNOCHA Interview on Radio Bakdaw

Thank you so much for your support of Internews and EnviroNews’ work to restore information access in the Philippines. As the holiday spirit is among us, we wanted to take this moment to thank you for the many gifts you have given to those affected by the typhoon, including the gift of information – which is “like a light…taking people out of the dark.”

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:

Ging also noted the strong community response to the station, which receives more than 300 text messages a day from listeners. “It means people are trusting you; they’re appreciating what you’re doing, and it’s real.”

Ging stressed the desire of UNOCHA to communicate with the community in Guian, as the agency provides aid. “We are here to help. If you come to help somebody, the first thing you have to do is listen.”

Working with local journalists, Internews established Radio Bakdaw on November 26, 2013 to serve the close to 50,000 people in Guiuan in Eastern Samar, Philippines – a population deeply affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Thank you for illuminating the issues that matter most to those who have been affected by this terrible tragedy. We will continue to keep you updated on our progress.



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