For more than two years, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Philippines has attempted to get its message of hope on air by seeking government permits to operate radio and television network nationwide. Only recently have results been seen as the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) started releasing Provisional Authorities (PAs) to the church. In September last year, two PAs were issued to the Church: an AM radio in Butuan City and FM radio in Iligan City.
DXHR, Hope Radio Philippines on 1323khz, was inaugurated on January 11 at its broadcast center in Butuan City, located at the headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in northeastern Mindanao (NeMM).
“I am glad to inform our listening public that a new religious network is born in the Philippines, and the first to broadcast hope amidst hopelessness in this part of the archipelago since more than 30 years ago when DXCR, Mountain View College’s radio station was established,” said Dr. Jonathan C. Catolico, Hope Channel coordinator for the Church in the southern Asia-Pacific region (SSD). “Very soon, our FM station in Iligan will join the loop and then FM Mati in Davao Oriental, and on and on!” Catolico optimistically announced.
DXHR, with its 10kw power, is heard within and beyond the-100 kilometer radius reaching northern Mindanao; Agusan del Sur, and close to the boundaries of Davao provinces; Surigao del Sur and del Norte; and the Visayas, in Leyte and Bohol provinces.
The program was broadcast live from 12 noon to the late hours of that day while a motorcade and caravan plied the main roads of Butuan City. Government dignitaries, church and institution leaders and members from Northern and Northeastern Mindanao, Davao, Mindanao Adventist Medical Center in Iligan City, and sister radio station DXCR in Malaybalay, Bukidnon, attended the event.
“Its daily program of 17 hours has been designed to proclaim God’s everlasting message in different formats. You will see the integration of this thrust even in news reports and public service sections of our broadcast,” said Pastor Gershon Arellano, station manager.
During the meeting with the NEMM officers, Dr. Catolico reiterated the apolitical stance of the broadcast facility. “Our station, as a church’s evangelistic arm, will refrain from airing programs that gear on politics and issues that stir up controversies. We will seek to abide with these policies all the time,” said Dr. Catolico.
Regarding the television project, Pastor Leonardo R Asoy, president of the Adventist Church in southern Philippines (SPUC) and chairman of the board of Hope Channel Philippines, told the attendees, “We are not only engaging radio into this ministry, …television is also getting our best efforts and attention in reaching every home with God’s message, and we enjoin every church member to support this initiative not only prayerfully but also financially.”
“Yes, we need everyone’s help to start our television stations in Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, and other metropolitan cities in the Philippines,” echoed Pastor Nelson Paulo, Hope Channel Philippines Program director.
Why are we here? And how are we different from others? How should we support our broadcasts? “Our radio and TV stations are not designed to compete with other religious stations in the country and definitely not with commercial stations. We are here to preach the everlasting gospel according to the Bible; and our church members and others who believe in our advocacies will keep our broadcast on air. And by God’s grace, we will reach every home with the message of the soon-return of Jesus Christ to this earth,” answered Dr. Catolico. [AND Staff]