The city-owned Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR) launched Laheng te Tribu, a new program focused on the 11 ethnolinguistic groups (Klata, Ata, Matigsalug, Ovu-Manuvu, Tagabawa, Maranao, Maguindanao, Iranun, Sama, Tausug, and Kagan) in Davao.

The program aims to provide members from the different ethnolinguistic groups in the city with a platform, where they can discuss and promote their culture, history, traditions, and practices.

Harvey James Lanticse, Officer-in-Charge of the City Information Office (CIO), said in an interview that the program is also significant – not only in empowering the ethnolinguistic groups in the city – but also in ensuring the preservation of their culture, history, and practices.

“We take pride in our diversity and inclusivity diri sa atong siyudad. Kitang tanan Dabawenyo, aduna’y katungod madunggan. Pinaagi sa Laheng te Tribu program, makahatag ta og platform sa atong mga kaigsoonan nga maedukar ang katawhan sa atong kultura, tradisyon, ug kagikan. Not only for the present but most importantly sa mga musunod nga henerasyon na Dabawenyo [We take pride in our city’s diversity and inclusivity. Every Dabawenyo has the right to be heard. Through the Laheng te Tribu program, we can give our fellow Dabawenyos a platform that they can use to reach a bigger audience and educate more people on their cultures, traditions, heritage; and this is important not only in the present but for the future generation as well],” Lanticse said.

The program also features the different services and privileges that the city offers to all Dabawenyos and most importantly, to the members of the different ethnolinguistic groups in the city.

The guests from the 11 ethnolinguistic groups in the city share their uplifting stories, and contributions to the community; as well as their heritage that played a huge role in the lives of many.

The pilot episode of Laheng te Tribu aired on February 7 and is scheduled every first and third Wednesday of the month. CIO