Gwendolyn Gay L. Gaongen

Women on the Global Community Airwaves

Women on the global community airwaves is a podcast series bringing you stories told by women around the world working to strengthen women’s voices on airwaves within their own community media. The stories are brought to you by me, Birgitte Jallov, who have worked with these issues for a lifetime. The women tell about why it is so important that women get a voice and what it means for the producers, the listeners and the community contributing. Much more here →

Gwen is the station manager of the Radyo Sagada. The station has been on air since 2011 and Gwen has been on of the radio team since then. Conceptualized in 2003, it only went on air in an experimental mode in 2010 and for real in 2011. It is the Philippines’ only indigenous peoples’ radio located in  the mountain province, the Condillera, in the north of the main Luzon island. The station came into existence on the initiative of a progressive former mayor and a community elder. They called on the civil society organisations of the area. Women have had an important role in the station from the onset, where Women and peasants have been prioritized also in the board of the station with each two seats, whereas other sector are represented by only one seat. The reason to create the station was to ensure dialogue and debate among the communities of the area – and thereby development. In the podcast Gwen unfolds how this all has developed since. Gwen talks about the how the dangerous situation for journalists in the Philippines including red-tagging influences Radyo Sagada.


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Radyo Sagada 104.7 FM

is a community radio. It is open to all interested individuals, organizations and institutions. Its studio is located at Ato, Poblacion, Sagada, Mt. Province

VISION: A well informed people living in a harmonious community; with a rich culture and tradition working for sustainable environment, good governance, and community development; people enjoying equality, collectively working for the common good- Ipeyas nan Amay..

MISSION: To be a voice of the community involving the people in producing and disseminating information, entertainment and a forum for discussion on issues and concerns towards development actions.