Fr. Roberto “Bobby” Ebisa, SVD
Congratulations Fr. Roberto Ebisa, SVD for having been elected as the new president of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas – Cebu Chapter! He is the manager of the DYRF 1215 Radyo Fuerza Cebu and Power FM 89.1 under the Word Broadcasting Corporation of the religious congregation Society of the Divine Word.
Fr. Bobby is from Barangay Tuyom, City of Carcar in Cebu, and was born on May 13, 1964. He is a Divine Word Missionary (SVD), having been ordained on December 8, 1993 at the Divine Word Seminar, Tagaytay City.
Prior to his departure for foreign mission, he studied his Masteral Degree in Development Communication at the University of the Philippines Los Baňos. He stayed at the Verbum SVD House of Studies, the official residence of the SVD missionaries who are studying at the UPLB.
In 1995, he was sent to Brazil and was stationed at the Amazon Region. Having found out that his mission area, the State of Para, was four times as big as the Philippines, he established a community radio to effectively bring the Gospel and the parish concerns down to the grassroots. His parish in the town of Alenquer covered 160 communities that were located far and in between each other—some were along the tributaries of the Amazon river, and some were in the mountain area. He personally trained volunteers for the production staff, and eventually produced a magazine program via Radio Ximango, which became a huge hit with the communities.
Radio work chased him as he was summoned back home from Brazil to guide as the General Manager of Radio Veritas Asia. This is the short wave radio station of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences based in Quezon City, Philippines (this is the International unit as there is the national or local unit called Radio Veritas Manila. The local unit is managed by the Archdiocese of Manila. However, both international and local stations were in the same compound during the Edsa Revolution of 1986) which broadcast 18 languages all over Asia– like Mandarin, Tamil, Telugo, Hindi, Burmese, Vietnamese– to name a few. He stirred various changes for Radio Veritas Asia particularly in the digitalization of its broadcast. He was at the helm of the said station for 6 years.
In 2012, the UPLB College of Development Communication conferred on him the award “Distinguished Alumni for Development Communication and Community Media.”
In 2014, he was assigned to the SVD Southern Province, and became House Admonitor of the St. Raphael Community at the University of San Carlos. His main work though is as General Manager of Word Broadcasting Corporation, with radio stations in Cebu City and Ormoc. He also teaches Broadcasting in the University of San Carlos in the Department of Communication, Languages and Literature.
During the International Eucharistic Congress 2016, he was part of the Media committee. The stations DYRF and Power FM were the official radio stations of the historic international event.