The 4th Jose G. Burgos Awards for Biotech Journalism will honor the winners during ceremonies scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. on November 27, 2008 at the Institute of Small-Scale Industries of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.
Organizers said the awards will recognize reporters who wrote outstanding news stories and feature stories in national dailies from August 2007 to July 2008.
The first prize winner for news and features will bring home P30,000 while the second placer will pocket P20,000. The third price winner will receive P10,000. All three winners will also receive plaques.
Institutional awards will also be given to three newspapers that published the most number of news stories and feature articles.
The board of judges for this year’s awards is comprised of the following: Dr. Patricio Faylon, executive director of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources, the panel chairman; Dr. Gaudencio Petalcorin Jr., national president of Biotechnology Information and Organization Network; Dr. Saturnina Halos, chairperson of the Department of Agriculture Biotechnology Advisory Team; Rolly Estabillo, vice president for corporate communications of Philippine Airlines; and Angelo Palmones, president of Philippine Science Journalists Association Inc.
The articles which qualified in the awards were collected from among those monitored by the Biotechnology Media and Advocacy Resource Center, a consortium that promotes the government’s biotech program. BMARC has been conducting the awards to help motivate and sustain interest of media practitioners in disseminating biotech information.
BMARC is composed of the Department of Agriculture-Biotechnology Program Office, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture, Biotech Coalition of the Philippines (BCP), Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Development (PCARRD-DOST) and the J. Burgos Media Services Inc. (biolife news service)