Quezon City, 2 December 2011. Kara Santos, ACFJ alumna (DPJ 2009), recently bagged Best News Reportage honor at the recent 7th Population and Development (Popdev) Media Awards for her articles on climate change, reproductive rights and student’s education.
The winning articles she wrote for Inter Press Service (IPS) News Agency were:
Students Turn Trash into Tuition – a story about efforts of students of Cavite Institute in the Philippines to collect plastic bags, empty soda cans, scrap metal and used shampoo bottles as their ticket out of poverty. This school in Silang, Cavite, some 45 kilometers south of the Philippine capital of Manila, offers a scholarship program that permits their students to pay school fees with recyclables instead of cash
Designing Defence Against Climate Change – an article on the design of a disaster-resilient village seen as asolution for urban poor battling the constant floods and typhoons that hit the Philippines. Johanna Ferrer Guldager of Denmark designed the concept village, submitted by around elevated housing cluster
Catholics Risk Excommunication Over Reproductive Rights – a story about the debates on the reproductive health legislation, popularly known as the RH Bill in the Philippines and the risk of excommunication majority Catholics face.
Kara works as a correspondent for the Inter Press Service (IPS) News Agency. Her other articles also won runner-up awards, namely: Wanted, Full-Time Mothers, Island Kids Get Connected, and Migrant Workers Put Jobs Before Safety in Libya
The annual Popdev Media Awards was conceived by the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development Foundation, Inc (PLCPD) in 2005 to pay tribute to outstanding and responsible journalism on population and development.
IPS articles are published in various media outlets locally and internationally and can be viewed at www.ipsnews.net