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Kabalikat Civicom History

For several decades now, radio modulations on community bands have been
fragmented and without direction, with most frequencies so occupied with unnecessary
modulations or stymied by jammers that when the need calls for immediate radio
assistance for relay of urgent messages, the responsible communicator when available,
could hardly cope with exigency. Sadly, most of the time he was unavailable. To help
remedy the situation, some responsible communicators banded themselves into a
developmental radio group that is truly responsive to the needs of the community. In the
early 1990's, Gil de la Torre received a portable radio, Icom 02AT from Ariel Suguitan,
and his dream of utilizing radio for social change since then begins . He first founded
Mediacom as radio group. Its name can be traced back from civic organization which
he founded--Media Dynamics in 1975. This organization had assisted poor but
deserving students pursued their studies in college thru sponsorship of several
kindhearted individuals and philanthropists.

In 1991 the registration of Mediacom group at the Securities and Exchange


Commission (SEC) was not considered, a group of RMN-DZXL newscasters had already
registered it in the late 80's. Following this, Gil de la Torre had coined the word
Radiocom in place of Mediacom. To promote Filipino gung-ho spirit, the name Kabalikat
Radiocom was adopted. Thus, Kabalikat Radiocom, originally conceived and established
by Gil de la Torre was registered in 1992 under SEC Registration No. 92-755.

Gil de la Torre, as Kabalikat Founder, had organized 51 chapters nationwide until 1993.
Aside from Radiocom, he had also organized several radio communications groups in
Metro Manila to assist Kabalikat in communication linkages and services for effective
networking. Among these are: Kamagong Radio Assistance Group (KRAG) based in
Cubao, QC, Lakas Antipolo Radio Communicators League (LARCOM) in Antipolo,
Rizal; Youth Assistance Civic Action Group (YACAG) in Sampaloc, Manila; Group of
Youth Assistance Communicators (GRAYCOM) Paco; He also assisted in the
establishment of CAVERS, a CB-VHF radio communicators in Montalban, Rizal.

From 1990 to 1992, the Founder had organized 51 chapters. But in the later part of 1993, a
certain quarter in the Manila chapter, (this was the first group established by De la Torre),
created disunity and do not live up to the Kabalikat ideals. To unify the Kabalikat and
preserve its nationwide existence, Celso P. Corpuz Kabalikat (18.00) assisted the Founder in
strengthening the organizational setup and called for a national assembly on May 1, 1994 in
Olongapo City. It should be noted that 50 out of 51 Kabalikat existing chapters signified
adherence to the renaming of the group into Kabalikat Civicom and recognizing it as the
national organization. Today, Kabalikat Civicom developed into a nationwide
communication network of civic communicators, became a PRIME MOVER that
immediately, or at the soonest possible time, responded to any exigencies or emergencies that
arose. Since then, the Kabalikat Civicom, in a concerted effort to relate public need of
development to responsible community communication, established network or radio
assistance stations in various sectors of the locality. The work of educating the people in
the dynamics of nationhood has become the primary program plans of Kabalikat network
of communicators.

“The Sole meaning of life is to serve the Humanity” – Leo Tolstoi


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The Organization was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the
National Telecommunications Commission as the Kabalikat Civicom Association,
Incorporated by the following incorporators: Gil de la Torre, Celso P. Corpuz, Engr.
Silver Abubo, Dr. Cezail F. Villanueva, Leandro L. Lazaro, Diego Magpantay Jr,
Vedasto Dayan, Francisco Morales, Hilario Pasag, Dean Edgar Geniza and Joed Tividad.

The Kabalikat Civicom is a developmental communication group of several radio and


television stations nationwide. The Kabalikat Civicom is a Corruption Prevention Unit of
the Ombudsman. Recently, the Kabalikat has entered into a Memorandum of
Agreements with several government agencies, to wit: Department of Transportation and
Communications, Department of Interior and Local Government, Metropolitan Manila
Development Authority and the Philippine National Police, to name a few. It is
interesting to note, aside from its Kabalikat groups in VHF, HF, SSB and CB, it has
organized a nationwide network of mobile phones communicators and established the
largest worldwide web network of civic communicators.

Thus, the Organization originally conceived as a mere responsible civic communication


body, has now grown in today's worldwide Kabalikat Civicom -- to serve as link to the
complex network of active communication efforts geared towards nation building.

“The Sole meaning of life is to serve the Humanity” – Leo Tolstoi