Press Release

29/11/2016

Save the Children Media Awards 2016 recognizes top journalists in the fight against malnutrition

2016 Media Awards
(Quezon City, Nov 29 2016) –Child rights organization Save the Children today recognized top journalists in Philippines whose work reveal the growing problem of child hunger and malnutrition in the country.

With over 30 finalists and awardees across seven categories in various media platforms, the “2016 Save the Children Media Awards: Uncovering Child Hunger and Malnutrition” comprise some of the most compelling narratives that depict the impact of hunger, poverty and undernutrition in the lives of Filipino children.

Ned Olney, Country Director of Save the Children says: 
“We know that Philippine is losing 328 billion pesos a year, or nearly 3% of its GDP, in education and productivity costs due to malnutrition. Over the past 25 years, we have seen almost no progress in child malnutrition rates.”

“Hunger and child malnutrition are a complex issue that cannot be addressed by a single agency. The whole problem requires a concerted effort from the government, civil society and the public. This is why the media play a pivotal role in conveying the plight of millions of Filipino children suffering from malnutrition and how this affects the country’s development.”

Awardees for the “Most Outstanding Article”, “Most Outstanding Photograph”, “Most Outstanding Special Feature”, “Most Outstanding Short Film” and Special Citation Award were selected by a distinguished jury of media and communication experts.

People’s Choice Awards are given to the article and photo with the most number of votes garnered through an online voting.
Save the Children Media Awards 2016 is sponsored by PruLife UK and Fox Philippines.

Awardee, Most Outstanding Photo 
Raffy Lerma, for “Hungry Kids”, Philippine Daily Inquirer
 
Awardee, Most Outstanding Article
Karen M. Rivera for “Reaching malnourished children in remote communities of Lanao del Sur”, published in Philippine Daily Inquirer

Awardee, Most Outstanding Special Feature
Bandila, ABS-CBN for  g “Mga kaso ng malnutrisyon, tumaas”
 
Awardee, Most Outstanding Short Film
Investigative Documentaries - GMA Network for “Extra Rice”

Awardee, Special Citation Award
Reel Time, GMA News Network for “Samad”

Awardee, People’s Choice Award – Photo
Mark Baltazar Saludes for “Food Security: A Daily Struggle”, published in Rappler
 
Awardee, People Choice Award - Article
Marichu Villanueva for “Hunger is the enemy”, The Philippine Star
 
Finalists, Most Outstanding Photo category 
1. Gil G. Cruz Jr., for “Aftermath”
2. Corona D. Dolot, for “Halaga”  
3. Janess Ann J. Ellao, for “Without a Roof”, published in Bulatlat 
4. Raffy Lerma, for “Hungry Kids”, Philippine Daily Inquirer
5. Dennis Sabangan for “Easing Hunger”
6. Jojo Riñoza for “Measly Catch”, published in Manila Bulletin
7. Alberto Bullit Marquez for “Pagpag sa Payatas”
8. Miguel Antonio De Guzman for “Manna from Above”
9. Mark Baltazar Saludes for “Food Security: A Daily Struggle”, published in Rappler
10. BusinessWorld, represented by Mr. Bryan Afuang, for “Kaldero” 
 
Finalists, Most Outstanding Article category
1. Frinston Lim for “US chef is 'Santa' to malnourished kids’, Philippine Daily Inquirer 
2. Jodesz Alysa H. Gavilan (represented by Gwen dela Cruz) for “Where to find undernourished children in NCR”, Rappler
3. Karen M. Rivera for “Reaching malnourished children in remote communities of Lanao del Sur”, published in Philippine Daily Inquirer
4. Ma. Theresa Angelina Q. Tabada for “Rehabilitating Parents”, Sun Star
5. Mark Baltazar Z. Saludes for “Landlessness brings hunger, unrest to rural Philippines”, UCA News
6. Ma. Ceres P. Doyo for “Human face: the physiology of hunger and anger”, Philippine Daily Inquirer
7. Jee Geronimo (represented by Gwen dela Cruz) for “12M of stunted children in ASEAN live in PH Indonesia – report”, Rappler
8. Nico Alconaba for “Plumpy Nut helps save starving kids”, Philippine Daily Inquirer
9. Marichu Villanueva for “Hunger is the enemy”, The Philippine Star
10. Cielito Habito for “Yes to free lunch”, Philippine Daily Inquirer
 
Finalists, Most Outstanding Special Feature
1. Ricca Angela Lagunzad and Diego Castro for “Butil”
2. Headline, CNN Philippines for “Fighting hunger and malnutrition
3. TV Patrol, ABS-CBN for: 
-“Bata, nagkasugat-sugat dahil sa matinding malnutrisyon” and 
-“Pangakong rice self-sufficiency, nanatili pa ring pangako”
4. Bandila, ABS-CBN for: 
-“Mga kaso ng malnutrisyon, tumaas,”
-“Gov't told to address undernutrition” and
-“Why Philippines must do more to battle hunger?”
 
Finalists, Most Outstanding Short Film
1. Front Row - GMA Network for “Kapos”
2. Investigative Documentaries - GMA Network for “Extra Rice”
3. Investigative Documentaries - GMA Network for “Gutom
4. Reporter's Notebook - GMA Network for “Hikahos sa Lungsod”
5. Reporter's Notebook - GMA Network for “Tita-tirang Biyaya”
6. Reporter's Notebook - GMA Network for “Sagad sa Gutom”
 
About Save the Children
Save the Children Philippines is part of the global Save the Children movement working in over 120 countries. Present in the country for over three decades, Save the Children delivers programs for Filipino children which gives them a better education and easier access to healthcare, supports them during emergencies while also educating communities on disaster preparedness.

Save the Children has been advocating for policies and holistic programs and projects for mothers, children and their families. We do this by training frontline health and nutrition workers on live-saving care for newborns and their mothers, promoting exclusive breastfeeding, managing community and school-based health and nutrition programs and promoting reproductive health to adolescents. Our work also includes making families more food secure and resilient, for example to natural disaster, by working with governments and other partners to generate alternative incomes and grow nutritious food.

Lahat Dapat is Save the Children’s biggest campaign yet against hunger and malnutrition. Save the Children believes that all children have the right to fair and equal access to nutritious food. We know that the rate of stunting of 33% is largely due to inequality of access to nutritious food, long periods of hunger and a lack of nutrition during the first 1,000 days.

To know more about #LahatDapat Campaign, visit www.savethechildren.org.ph/lahatdapat