BusinessMirror leads Jose G. Burgos Jr. biotech awards winners

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In Photo: The BusinessMirror led the winners in the 2016 Jose G. Burgos Awards for Biotech Journalism as it bagged first place in the Institutional and News Story categories. Jennifer A. Ng (second from left), associate editor of BusinessMirror received the award for the Institutional category during the awarding ceremony held in Quezon City last Thursday. Joining her are (from left) Dr. Virginia N. Enriquez of the Department of Science and Technology; Dr. Vivencio R. Mamaril, director of the Department of Agriculture’s Biotechnology Program Office; Dr. Edita Burgos, widow of the late journalist Jose G. Burgos, after whom the Awards was named; and Dr. Nina Gloriani, president of the Biotechnology Coalition of the Philippines.

The Jose G. Burgos Jr. awards for biotechnology journalism celebrated its 10th year with the awarding of this year’s winners on Thursday night at the Sulo Riviera Hotel in Quezon City.

“Genetically modified corn allowed farmers to earn $560 million—study” written by Mary Grace Padin for the BusinessMirror, bagged the first prize in the Best News Story category. InterAksyon’s Diego Mora won second prize for his article “Dutch experts boost security to prevent loss of UPLB pathogenic microbes” and “Cheaper, healthier animal feed from UPLB” by Maricar Cinco of the Philippine Daily Inquirer took the third prize.

For the Best Feature category, James Konstantin Galvez from The Manila Times won first prize for his article “Corn growers urged govt to approve new GMO rules.” The second prize went to Ray Eñano of Manila Standard with his article “Academe hurting from GMO ruling.” Henrylito Tacio of EDGE Davao finished third for his article “Golden Rice fights hidden hunger.”

In the institutional category, the BusinessMirror bagged first place. Philippine Star won second place. InterAksyon.com and The Manila Times tied in third place.

Winning articles were chosen by this year’s judges Dr. Virginia Enriquez, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Alparce and Melo Acuña, who reviewed biotechnology stories from August 2015 to July 2016.

The Awards was organized by the J. Burgos Media Services and the Joe Burgos Pen with the support of the Department of Agriculture-Biotechnology Program Office, Biotechnology Coalition of the Philippines and Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture-Biotechnology Information Center.