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“Gimpong FM gives opportunity for indigenous people’s voice to be heard”-Cong. Mangaoang


Tabuk City, Kalinga – The operation of DWPF 92.1 Gimpong FM Station is an opportunity to amplify the voices of the indigenous people (IP) in the province of Kalinga and raise the prestige of the heritage language, stressed Congressman Allen Jesse Mangaoang during the inauguration and blessing of the station at Talama, Tabuk City this December 8.


Gimpong FM, a government and non-commercial radio station, underwent a test broadcast on October 30, 2021, and was formally launched earlier today.


The radio station, the congressman said, was inspired by the popular belief that “well-informed people make an empowered constituency.” It is with the station’s primary objective of IP empowerment that the name of the station, Gimpong was derived.

The station is dedicated to the “Gimpong” which, according to one of the staff of the Office of the Congressman, means “native or Kalinga-born who knows and practices the tradition in the province.”


Mangaoang believes that even with the advent of social media platforms, radio remains to be the most accessible platform for discussing the concerns of IPs.


This was seconded by Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) who graced the event saying, “the operationalization of DWPF 92.1 Gimpong FM Station under Radyo Pilipinas of the PCOO is just a small step in helping the people in this blessed region to be heard.”

“Through the assistance of Congressman Mangaoang, this FM Station is a testament to the relentless efforts of our government to bring vital information to the people, wherever they may be in the country, whether in the lowlands or high up in the mountains,” added USEC. Egco.


The station’s inauguration was held alongside the commemoration of the late Congressman Manuel S. Agyao, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and Christmas Party of the incumbent Congressman’s Office.


Joining the event were Regional Director of the Police Regional Office-Cordillera, Police Brigadier General (PBGEN) Ronald Oliver Lee, PRO 2 RD, PBGEN Steve Ludan, Governor Ferdinand Tubban, Vice Governor Dave Odiem, and other officers.


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