A special radio program for Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in Central Mindanao was recognized by the Philippine Broadcaster Society on May 29 during this year’s 26th Golden Dove Awards. Hosted by Fr. Rockmoore SANIEL of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the radio program is aired every 5-6 p.m. on Saturdays over DXOM-AM Radyo Bida Koronadal.

Golden Dove Award

Golden Dove Award

“It’s an honor,” Fr. Saniel said after receiving the award with DXOM-AM Station Manager Edwin Fernandez at the ceremonial hall of Marriot Hotel, Resort World Manila. “The program is nine months old and it already received the prestigious awards,” Saniel said, adding he received it with humility.

The program is giving voices to the Indigenous Peoples of Central Mindanao. The Notre Dame Broadcasting Corporation, owned by the Oblates, strongly believes in the role of media in the promotion and protection of IPs rights.

The program also aims to provide the IPs a new platform to advance their interests, educate and entertain their people, promote and preserve its culture and to propagate unity among its ranks. The program format includes discussion of IP human rights issues, cultural presentations, interviews and education. Playing of traditional IP musical instruments forms part of the hour-long program.

Fr. Saniel is the head of the OMI ministry for the IPs in the hinterlands of Sultan Kudarat province and Maguindanao. The Church, through Fr. Saniel, is helping the IPs know their rights, assist them in making decisions, provide access to basic education, cultural preservation and provide them livelihood assistance. (http://www.ndbcnews.com.ph)