Background on the Philippines
Population: 105 million – Tagalog 28.1%, Cebuano 13.1%, Ilocano 9%, Bisaya/Binisaya 7.6%, Hiligaynon Ilonggo 7.5%, Bikol 6%, Waray 3.4%, other 25.3% (2000 census)
Religion: Catholic 82.9% (Roman Catholic 80.9%, Aglipayan 2%), Muslim 5%, Evangelical 2.8%, Iglesia ni Kristo 2.3%, other Christian 4.5%, other 1.8%, unspecified 0.6%, none 0.1% (2000 census)
FEBC in the Philippines
When China closed its doors to foreign missionaries in 1948, FEBC moved its Asian base of operations to the Philippines. FEBC’s first broadcasts over local station KZAS went on the air on June 4, 1948 in Manila. International broadcasts to China started on July 27, 1949 with the help of Chinese Filipino Christians and soon expanded to most of Southeast Asia. By the end of 1949, FEBC had 27 languages on the air.
FEBC-Philippines is now home to both a network of local broadcasting stations and two international transmitter sites at Iba and Bocaue.
On 9 Different Stations
To China & Southeast Asia
Through Community Development
Philippines Ministry Highlights
FEBC-Philippines offers a wide variety of programs, including music, news, children’s programs, medical information, Bible teaching, evangelism, and discipleship in the following languages: Tagalog, Tiruray, T’boli, Hiligaynon, Manobo, B’laan, English, Chinese, Cebuano, Bicolano, Amoy, Maranao, Maguindanao, Aklanon, Ilocano, Ilonggo, Ibang, Ifuago, Itawis, Lineyte-Samarnonand. Program content is determined according to the interests of the audience, which vary with each station and location. Four of our nine local stations are also heard online.Our office in the Philippines owns and operates the following 9 local radio stations throughout the country, in addition to a number of special programs aired in commercial stations to reach specific people groups:
- 702 DZAS “Agapay ng Sambayanan” (Manila) – established in June 1948; reaching Metro Manila, the whole of Luzon island and parts of Visayas and Mindanao; Internet broadcast on www.febc.ph/dzaslive.html
- 98.7 DZFE-FM “The Master’s Touch” (Manila) – established in May 1954; reaching Metro Manila and neighboring provinces
- 1143 DZMR Santiago City “Missionary Radio” (AM) – established in August 2010; targeting northeastern Luzon and the Cordillera Mountain areas
- 1125 DWAS Legaspi City “The Station that Cares” (AM) – established in December 1973; reaching the provinces of Albay, Sorsogon, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Masbate, Romblon and Northern Samar
- 98.7 DYFR-FM Cebu City “The Life Changing Radio” – established in October 1975; reaching the province of Cebu and other parts of central Visayas, as well as Surigao del Norte, Bukidnon and Misamis Occidental in Mindanao
- 1233 DYVS Bacolod City “The Sweet Voice of Salvation” (AM) – established in September 1974; reaching the provinces of Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental and Masbate, as well as parts of western Visayas, Cuyo Island and Masbate; Internet broadcast on www.febc.ph/dyvslive.html
- 1197 DXFE Davao City “Ang Tanging Good News Radio” (AM) – established in February 1972; reaching the provinces of Davao, South Cotabato, Bukidnon, Agusan and the rest of southeast Mindanao; Internet broadcast on www.febc.ph/dxfelive.html
- 1062 DXKI Koronadal “The Friendly Voice of South Central Mindanao” (AM) – established in December 1964; reaching the provinces of South Cotabato, Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, as well as parts of south central Mindanao
- 1116 DXAS Zamboanga City “Your Community Radio” (AM) – established in October 1978; reaching the provinces of Basilan, Zamboanga Sibugay, Tawi-tawi, Sarangani, Lanao del Norte, Sultan Kudarat and other parts of southwestern Mindanao, including some parts of Palawan
5 of our 9 stations are also heard online.
Our six shortwave transmitters in two international shortwave broadcast facilities – Iba, Zambales and Bocaue, Bulacan – broadcast programs in more than 60 languages and dialects to China and Southeast Asia for 36 hours, 34 minutes daily.
Other Support Ministries
FEBC has trained a Disaster Response team in the Philippines, to be prepared to establish a radio station in 72 hours to offer life-saving information to survivors of natural disasters or emergencies, which we did during the catastrophic flooding in 2009 and again in 2012. We are also involved in promoting children’s rights, supporting persons with disabilities, community health programs that need an information component, support for the government’s transparency campaign, good governance, etc.
FEBC is also involved in outreach efforts including prison visitations, food/clothing relief during emergencies, and parenting seminars, as well as occasional radio distribution to name a few. Each of the radio stations also has an audience relations staff that follow-up with listeners through phone calls, letters, emails, text messages, and personal visits.
In 2012, 224,514 listeners called, emailed, texted or visited FEBC Philippines.