Lunhaw Awards presents environmental journalism category

ENVIRONMENTAL stories will be feted for this year’s Dabaw Lunhaw Awards.

Interface Development Interventions (Idis) executive director Chinkie Golle introduced the Environmental Journalism category for the 8th Dabaw Lunhaw Awards during the iSpeak Forum on Thursday, February 20.

“We will be awarding the best environmental story in and about Davao City,” Golle said.

She said the new addition to the special category aims to recognize the capability and efforts of the media to influence the people and the government by writing stories on any environmental issues in Davao City.

“We really want to recognize, katong mga story nga gibuhat ninyo, because we also want to encourage the media, the journalists, to write more stories about Davao City, especially about environmental issues and concerns,” she said.

Golle said that they will accept positive and negative stories as long as it talks about the environmental issues in Davao City.

Stories that qualify as entries to the annual environmental award include stories that were published, printed, and broadcast from year 2015 to 2020.

In a text message, Joy Enriquez of Idis, said winners will receive a Lunhaw Trophy designed by Mindanao Artist Rey Mudjahid “Kublai” Ponce Millan, a cash prize of P10,000, and organic goodies.

Other special categories for the Lunhaw Awards are Green Champion Awards which recognizes outstanding environmental advocates in the city, Search for Sustainable LGU (Local Government Unit), Search for Permeable Parking Spaces and Workways.

Meanwhile, official categories include Green Building/Urban Greening, Forest-Based Initiatives, Rural and Urban Organic Farming, Sustainable Water Conservation, Coastal and/or Marine Resource Management, Pollution Control, and Education and Advocacy.

Among the recipients of the Lunhaw Awards are Davao artist and environmentalist Ricardo “Ric” N. Obenza, Jr. for his Human Enhanced Natural Forest Regeneration, and marine biologist and owner of the D’Bone Collector Museum Darell Blatchley for educating the public on marine protection.

The Lunhaw Award is also in partnership with the Davao City Water District. (May Angela Ung, Zenler Digal, UM Interns)


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