Palawan Governor Jose C. Alvarez presided over Full Council Meeting of the 4th Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) which approved RPOC Resolution No. 8 encouraging the establishment of a radio station in Kalayaan municipality in Palawan. (VSM/PIA-Mimaropa)

QUEZON CITY – A private local broadcasting company is donating radio equipment for the setting up of an FM radio station in Pag-Asa Island in Kalayaan municipality, the remotest town of the country in the West Philippine Sea.

Puerto Princesa City Councilor Elgin Damasco of Radyo Bandera committed to donate the equipment during the 3rd Quarter Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) meeting, the basis for Resolution No. 8 which was approved today.

RPOC Resolution No. 8 encourages the establishment of a radio station in Barangay Pag-Asa in the municipality of Kalayaan.

Presiding over the 4th quarter RPOC meeting this morning, Palawan Governor Jose Chaves Alvarez, RPOC Chairperson, supports the establishment of the radio station.

“We will find a way to make this operational and will  assist  in transporting and setting up of the radio equipment in Pag-Asa Island,” the Governor said.

Kalayaan municipality has a population of about 200, majority of whom are Philippine troops detailed to the area from the AFP’s Western Command which has jurisdiction over the West Philippine Sea. Kalayaan covers 8 islands and islets including Pag-Asa Island, the biggest island in the Kalayaan group, Kota, Panata, Lawak, Likas and Patag.

“This solar-powered radio station will be a great help to the people in the islands and islets with our troops there and the Filipinos fishing around the Kalayaan and the West Philippine Sea,” said Governor Alvarez.

Once established, the radio station will be operated by the Western Command and will  be a source of information especially weather bulletins and entertainment. The proposed radio station is now under review of the National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea. (VSM/PIAMimaropa)