Fr. Domingo is new managing director of OMI radio stations PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 June 2012 14:17

The Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) has a new managing director for all its multi-awarded radio outfits in Central Mindanao that are helping push forward the Southern peace process through ministries propagating ecumenism and cultural solidarity among Muslims and Christians.

Fr. Jonathan Domingo will oversee the operations of their AM and FM stations here and in the cities of Koronadal and Kidapawan.

The oldest of the OMI-owned radio outfit is the station dxMS in Cotabato City, a recipient of several awards from various national organizations for its pro-peace program formats and its active participation in peace-building activities through its programs focused on human rights, respect for local cultures and religions.

The manager of dxMS, Edwin Fernandez, was former president of the local chapter of the Kapisanan ng nga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas.

Domingo replaced a colleague in the OMI, Fr. Ignacio Rellin, who had served as director of the NDBC for about a decade and will be Maguindanao’s Upi town, known homeland of the indigenous Teduray group and where the Oblates also have various peace-building projects.

There are many Oblate priests actively involved in various project complementing the government’s separate peace overtures with the Moro National Liberation Front and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

The pioneer batch of foreign OMI missionaries, among them Gerard Mongeau, arrived in Central Mindanao in the 1930s. Mongeau eventually became archbishop of the Diocese of Cotabato.

The OMI congregation has since been operating various humanitarian and religious missions in the South, including the island provinces of Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. – Felix Ostrea