MANILA, Jan. 29 –As part of its 64th anniversary celebration, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Thursday conferred the "Gawad Ulat" on several media organizations and practitioners.
DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman led the awarding ceremony, dubbed as Pagkilala sa Natatanging Kontribusyon sa Bayan (PaNata Ko sa Bayan), held at DSWD Central Office, Batasan, Quezon City.
Soliman said the awardees were chosen because of their exemplified commitment and support to the department for the promotion, advocacy and publicity of its programs and services.
Organizations and individuals from print, radio and television network were awarded with plaques as the agencys recognition for them as active partners that can inspire change and spread the news about DSWD programs and interventions especially among the poor and vulnerable sectors.
Among the awards given included the Most Supportive Newspaper-Broadsheet category, which was awarded to The Philippine Star; Most Supportive Newspaper-Tabloid, Bulgar; Most Supportive TV station, the ABS-CBN News Channel or ANC; and the Most Supportive Radio Station given to DZMM Teleradyo, DZRH, and Aliw Broadcasting Network DWIZ.
The Gawad Ulat Most Supportive Beat Reporter awards were given to Rainier Allan A. Ronda of The Philippine Star; Ellalyn B. De Vera of Manila Bulletin; Julie M. Aurelio of Philippine Daily Inquirer, and Philippines News Agency's reporter Leilani S. Junio.
They were chosen in terms of the positive stories highlighting the agencys programs to further inspire and encourage positive change and engagements in uplifting the lives of the poor, serving the disadvantage sectors, Soliman said.
Soliman also said that she welcomed fair reporting of media through constructive criticisms so that whatever areas that needed enhancement on the DSWDs programs could be further polished or improved.
The PaNata Ko sa Bayan awards is the departments recognition and gratitude for the solidarity and contribution of the different partner institutions, non-government organizations (NGOs), people's organizations, local government units (LGUs), media practitioners and groups, and individuals, in helping the department in improving the lives of the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged sectors of the society. (PNA)
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