THE Rotary Club of Manila on Thursday gave out 2021 PRO PATRIA Journalism Awards to media institutions, including sister media companies the BusinessMirror and CNN Philippines. The RCM, the first in Asia, dedicated the awards to this year’s Independence Day last June 12.
The BusinessMirror Publisher T. Anthony C. Cabangon and CNN Philippines President Benjamin V. Ramos (also BM’s president) delivered acceptance speeches at the virtual awards ceremonies.
Several print, TV and radio networks were awarded for their “resiliency in disseminating fair and truthful information resulting in an informed and enlightened citizenry in these critical times.”
Dean Amado D. Valdez, former chairman of the Social Security Commission and Chairman of the 2021 RCM’s Journalism Awards, cited these print, TV, and Radio institutions for committing valuable resources to protect free expression, and for encouraging as well adequate and competent scrutiny of private enterprise.
Businessman and environmental advocate Robert L. Joseph, the Club president, said that for love of country, the awardees promoted public and private sector collaboration in building a strong nation of healthy, peaceful, confident, and dynamic people.