Immediately after his installation at St. Joseph Cathedral on July 1,1983 as Vicar Apostolic of the Apostolic Vicariate of San Jose, Bishop Vicente Manuel, SVD, DD identified the need for a Catholic radio station in Occidental Mindoro. He realized that, due to the extreme difficulties in communication and transportation, one effective way by which the word of God could regularly reach the remotest sitio and barrio of the province was through broadcast communication. He also knew that a radio station could only survive in a developing province like Occidental Mindoro if the members of the Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs) would support it. Thus, in various trainings and seminars conducted among BEC members, the need of people’s support for the pastoral programs and projects of the vicariate, including the radio station, was emphasized.
The equipments and apparatuses of the radio station were purchased through the financial assistance given by the Catholic faithful and foreign friends, particularly the Archdiocese of San Francisco, California (USA). The 180 feet high tower of its transmitter was erected at the eastern portion of Brgy. Labangan Poblacion, San Jose, approximately 2 kilometers away from the town proper. More than a hundred meters away from the tower is the building which was constructed by BEC members who voluntarily worked for free, for more than a month.
DZVT, the radio station’s call sign, derived its last two letters (VT) from the motto of Bishop Manuel, In Verbo Tuo or At Your Word. It is called The Voice of the Basic Ecclesial Communities in Occidental Mindoro. Aside from the province of Occidental Mindoro, this 5 kilowatt AM radio station can be heard in Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, Antique, Aklan, Capiz, Marinduque, Romblon, including the coastal areas of Batangas and Quezon.
The radio station was inaugurated on March 6, 1991. Its building and equipment were blessed by the Archbishop of Cebu, His Eminence Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, DD. Thousands of BEC members participated and rejoiced during the historic event.
In the latter part of 2006, Fr. Philip strived to establish DZVT-FM, the sister station of DZVT-AM. He sought the assistance of funding agencies. When his request for financial assistance was granted, he purchased the equipment and apparatuses for an FM radio station and installed it at the same compound & building where the AM station is located.
On June 13, 2007 after months of test broadcast, DZVT-FM formally started its operation.
Despite the presence in San Jose of another AM station and three FM stations, the present vicar apostolic of the Apostolic Vicariate of San Jose, Bishop Antonio Palang, SVD, DD, together with the religious and the clergy, believe that DZVT-AM and DZVT-FM are being listened to by the Catholic faithful, thus, the two radio stations fulfill their role as The Voices of the Basic Ecclesial Communities in Occidental Mindoro.
Written by Rudy A. Candelario
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