The country’s best agriculture and environment journalists in 2016 will be known in fitting ceremonies tonight at the 2016 PAJ-SMC Binhi Awards, 7 p.m, in Makati.
“We are proud to honor once again the winners of the 2016 PAJ-SMC Binhi Awards as our tribute to our colleagues covering the agriculture, environment and agrarian reform beats, including the efforts of writers, editors and broadcast journalists for their respective reportage, agricultural publications, radio and television programs, and information campaign,” said Roman Floresca, president of the Philippine Agricultural Journalists Inc. (PAJ), and retired business editor of the Philippine Star.
Sponsored yearly by San Miguel Corp., the 2016 PAJ-SMC Binhi Awards will have as main guest and keynote speaker Senator Cynthia Villar, who chairs both the Senate committees on agriculture and food, and environment and natural resources.
“We are privileged to have SMC as our title sponsor, and we sincerely thank Mr. Ramon Ang for his continued support and generosity,” said Floresca, adding the PAJ has been conducting the Binhi Awards for agricultural journalism since 1978.
This year’s awards feature 22 winners in 14 major and minor categories, who were thoroughly chosen by a five-man board of judges chaired by former agriculture secretary William Dar, who now serves as founding president of InangLupa Movement, Inc.
The other judges are Mary Jane Oconer Llanes, AVP-SMC corporate and media affairs; Fred Gabot, former PAJ and National Press Club president, and currently editor of Farm Book magazine and Philippines Today; Angelo Palmones, former party-list representative and currently AVP for news and current affairs, MBC-DZRH; and Temina Lalani-Shariff, communication head of the International Rice Research Institute.
The 2016 Binhi awardees, led by winners of the three major categories—agricultural journalist, agribeat reporter, and environment journalist—will receive a cash prize of P50,000 and a trophy, while the second and third placers will get P25,000 and P15,000 cash and trophy, respectively, said Noel Reyes, Binhi Awards contest chair and PAJ vice president for internal affairs.