||Community Radio has a special place in UNESCO’s programs. The aim of UNESCO’s community radio program is to address crucial social issues at a community level, such as poverty and social exclusion, empower marginalized rural groups and catalyze democratic processes and development efforts.
Tambuli (Tinig ng Aming Munting Bayan Upang Umunlad Ang Maliliit or the Voice of the Community) in the Philippines was among the first independent community radios set up with help from UNESCO, in collaboration with DANIDA.
Several ways and means are possible to set up a community radio, organize it or compose its equipment. This primer builds on the experience of Tambuli, which in the past ten years has grown from one community radio to a network of 25 stations. Often located in remote rural areas, these stations are “operated in the community, for the community, about the community and by the community”.
The author of this primer, Mr. Louie Tabing is a pioneer in both the concept and the practice of community radio in his country the Philippines and much wider. He was the Tambuli project officer and has trained many other community radio stations to start and run their operations.
Mr. Tabing kindly agreed to collect these materials into one primer. The UNESCO Office for the Pacific States has supported the work.