2019 Winners

BEST TOBACCO PHOTO OF THE YEAR

"GOLDEN LEAVES"

LAILA AUSTRIA , BUSINESS MIRROR

 

 

BEST AGRICULTURE PHOTO OF THE YEAR

"SALT HARVEST"

WILLIE LOMIBAO , THE PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER

 

 

BEST AGRICULTURE FEATURE STORY, REGIONAL
“COCONUT: MAJOR EXPORT OF FILIPINO FARMERS”
HENRYLITO TACIO , EDGE DAVAO


This is a four-part series that discussed the multi-faceted  coconut, known to be the tree of life. Considered God’s gift to the Filipinos. The article details the problems farmers face due to the low pricing of copra. It also talks about the different exported  products made out of the plant and how it provides livelihood to 1/3 of the total population.

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BEST AGRICULTURE FEATURE STORY, NATIONAL
“WOMEN OF BACOOR’S EMBATTLED MUSSEL INDUSTRY STRUGGLE FOR SURVIVAL”
JONATHAN MAYUGA ,  BUSINESS MIRROR


The story follows the journey of the women in a marginalized agriculture sector in Bacoor, a town experiencing rapid urbanization, as they experience the many challenges that threaten their way of life. On top of the environmental pollution and climate change, a massive land-reclamation project to pave way for. Urban expansion amidst an on-going effort to rehabilitate the Manila Bay now threatens to kill an industry that has empowered the women of Bacoor. 

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BEST AGRICULTURE NEWS STORY, REGIONAL
“VEGGIE FARMERS LEARN WAYS TO MITIGATE FROST”
OFELIA EMPIAN, THE BAGUIO MIDLAND COURIER


It is a news report on the resilience of farmers in the coldest parts of Benguet. The early morning frost has led farmers in this vegetable producing province to adapt to this natural occurrence through the years. Now, with the help of technology and reliable weather reports, the farmers will have a better chance of keeping their crops safe.

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BEST AGRICULTURE NEWS STORY, NATIONAL
“IN NUEVA ECIJA, FARMERS KEEP THEIR CHILL EVEN AS EL NINO SCORCHES”
KARL ANGELICA R. OCAMPO, THE PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER


Despite the dry spell of El Nino phenomenon, Nueva Ecija remains in business because of its powerful solar powered irrigation system.  There were neither dry taps nor parched lands to speak of. Instead rice paddies thrive with the help of efficient irrigation systems . The biggest in the country, this technology separates the province from most agricultural areas. This article highlights the importance of government support in sustaining agriculture in the other areas that still rely on rainwater.

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BEST AGRICULTURE ONLINE STORY
“A VERY LONG SUMMER”
JESSICA BARTOLOME and DONABEL MAGSINO , GMA NEWS ONLINE.


"A Very Long Summer" is a narrative of the five-month journey of two Palay farmers in Morong, Rizal, in the face of a "mild" yet devastating El Niño. The story covers the scorching impact of El Nino on the farmers’ crops, and the cascade of other difficulties it creates for the farmers’ careers, community and lives, touching on their remarkable will to survive.

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BEST AGRICULTURE TELEVISION PROGRAM OR SEGMENT
“DROUGHT IN NUMBERS; FARMERS FARMING NO MORE.
AMIELLE ORDONEZ and  TINA PANGANIBAN-PEREZ , GMA NEWS SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS TEAM, GMA NETWORK


An investigative report produced by the GMA News Special Assignments team, “Drought in Number; Farmers Farming No More” takes an in depth look at the challenges facing farmers.
The dream of rice self-sufficiency remains elusive for the Philippines, more so now as the government has stepped up importation to avert the escalating consumer prices amid mounting public outrage.

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BEST AGRICULTURE RADIO PROGRAM OR SEGMENT
THE FULL EPISODE “SA KABUKIRAN”
SHEILA TUBALINAL, DZMM 630KHZ


This episode features a diverse series of short interviews with citizens from Nueva Ecija, whether they be farmers, farm hands, fishermen, or small scale business owners whose businesses rely on the farming industry. With humor, candor, and a strong appreciation for the humanity of each interviewee, the report discussed on unique practices and specialized knowledge of Nueva Ecija’s everyday heroes.

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BEST STORY IN TOBACCO PRODUCT ALTERNATIVES.
“SMOKE FREE PUFFING IN THE PHILIPPINES SOON? PHILIP MORRIS TO SELL HEAT-NOT-BURN”
LOUISE MAUREEN SIMEON, THE PHILIPPINE STAR


The story tackles the vision of having a “smoke-free future as Philip Morris targets to commercialize its “heat-not-burn” IQOS devices. It talks about meeting the changing needs of consumers, and the ways in which technology has paved the way for better alternatives for smokers.

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BEST TOBACCO STORY OF THE YEAR
“TAX THRUST THREATENS TOBACCO TILLERS’ TAKE”.
JASPER EMMANUEL ARCALAS and ELIJAH FELICE ROSALES, BUSINESS MIRROR 


The winning article discusses  the finance officials’ push for increasing the tobacco tax law and how it will affect the behavior of manufacturers and their buying power, which will have a direct adverse effect on the farmers’ livelihoods and threaten their survival.

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2019 Bright Leaf Award for Agriculture Story of the Year...
“FARM TOURISM GROWS IN LEYTE VILLAGE”.
 JOEY GABIETA,THE PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER


This is a story about the transformation of Villaconzoilo, a poor  remote farming village and a one-time haven of the New People’s army, into a progressive and peaceful Barangay. Now it is also a fast emerging tourist attraction in Leyte thanks to a  farm facility managed by the Villaconzoilo Community Association,  a conglomerate of local residents led by Alex Aborita.

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