DXJC 99.0 Voice FM most often called “The Voice of Bangsamoro’ celebrated its 2nd anniversary on March 6 in a simple but joyful mood. Various games or contests were played and held such as basketball, chess matches, ‘larong trumpo or ‘kasing’ (in Maguindanaon), ‘nasheed’ or Islamic Songs, rice planting and trivia. Undoubtedly everyone enjoyed during the celebration.
The celebration was held at the compound of Jamiat Cotabato where Voice FM is also located. Both Jamiat Cotabato and Voice FM are owned and managed by Al Balagh Foundation headed by its President Sheikh Saad Sindatok, while Atty. Nasrudin Talipasan, the Station Manager (SM).
SM Talipasan made a very inspiring welcome address that everyone admired his way of delivering his piece. He mentioned that Jamiat Cotabato and Voice FM are development assistance sought by Al Balagh Foundation from the Turkish Government.
He acknowledged the support of the Turkish Government to Al Balagh and to other Moro non-government organizations that were provided with development assistance.
This assistance comprises educational scholarships, infrastructure, and others. Turkish Government through its various organizations also put up an orphanage in Cotabato City and occasionally provides funds to local NGO’s for purchase of cows and goats for slaughtering during Eid’l Adha celebrations for distributions to depressed Muslim areas as ‘khurban’.
Guest Speaker was Mohagher Iqbal, Chair of the MILF Peace Implementing Panel and Commissioner of the newly reconstituted Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) who was introduced by Hatta Badrudin Bilon. But unfortunately Iqbal, due to a prior commitment failed to attend, instead was represented by his former BTC Chief Executive Assistant Atty. Haron Meling.
In his message read for him by Atty. Meling, Iqbal extended his heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to the management and staff of DXJC 99.0 VOICE FM on the occasion of its 2nd Anniversary.
He said that the coming of VOICE FM to this part of the Bangsamoro Homeland is most welcome development particularly in the continuing peace process in search for true and meaningful autonomy and right to self-determination.
In his message, Iqbal appreciated the unique programming format making use of the native Maguindanaon language by Voice FM, its form of reporting and anchoring, the playing of local traditional music, plus the veritable programs on Islam specifically the intricate discussions of related topics that indeed, considered a classic and phenomenal endeavor.
He wished the best for Voice FM from hereon and in the coming many, many more years.
In his inspirational message, Dr. Danda Juanday, City Administrator of Cotabato City mentioned the importance of productivity and equity among the Bangsamoro. He urged strong unity of the Moro people, called on them to reflect on what went wrong why programs given and or provided to them by international agencies and foreign governments were not utilized productively, one of the reasons why they remained behind the settlers in terms of socio-economic development.
He said that the Moros should determine what business to invest, not to imitate those that are very common in their communities as they are very competitive and could not go along with it. In his estimate, the Moros are way behind for about 20 years to 50 years compared to the settlers.
Acknowledging that the Moros doesn’t know their potentials and lack confidence, Juanday suggested that one should avoid criticizing others instead engage on what they think is right for them. He also urged everyone to push for small time entrepreneurs and support the efforts of Moro business groups.
Mr. Tu Alfonso, Station Manager delivered the closing remarks, while Thoe Bin Abdullah acted as Masters of Ceremony.