The Golden Dove Awards honored the best of the broadcast media for 2013 during awards ceremonies last April 29, 2014 at the Star City Theatre in Pasay City. The awards capped the celebration of Broadcasters’ Month and the 41st founding anniversary of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), the association of the broadcast media in the Philippines.
March Ventosa of ABS-CBN receives Golden Dove Best Metro Manila TV Station Award.
The Golden Dove Awards was established 22 years ago by the KBP to encourage excellence and high professional standards in the broadcast media as well as to promote more responsible broadcasting. The winners of the Golden Dove Awards, except for the Lifetime Achievement Award, are chosen yearly by a Board of Judges whose members come from the sectors which significantly influence the values reflected by the broadcast media: youth, government, academe, advertising, and religious sectors. The recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award is decided by the KBP Board of Trustees.
The winners of the Golden Dove trophy this year were led by ABS-CBN, which garnered a total of 24 awards, 17 for television and 7 for radio, including Best TV Station (Metro Manila), Best TV Newscast (Metro Manila), Best TV-Newscast (Provincial), and Best Radio Newscast (Metro Manila).
Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) got five awards including Best AM Station (Metro Manila), Best AM Station (Provincial), Best FM Station (Provincial), Best Radio Newscast (Provincial), and Best Radio Culture and Arts Program.
For the fourth straight year, DYRX-93.1 “Monster Radio” of Audiovisual Communications won the Best FM Station award, aside from winning four other awards: Best Radio Variety Program, Best Radio Comedy Program, Best Radio Public Service Program Host, Best Radio Variety Program Host.
This year, the Golden Dove Lifetime Achievement Award for broadcasting was given by the KBP to Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III, Board Chairman of ABS-CBN Corporation. His father Eugenio Lopez, Jr. was conferred the same award in 1998.
The Ka Doroy Broadcaster of the Year Award was given to Angelo Palmones of MBC.
Local Chapter Leaders of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) from all over the country focused on the role of broadcast media in preparing local communities for natural disasters and in mitigating the impact of climate change during the 17th Cerge Remonde Chapter Leaders Conference last April at the Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay City.
Although broadcasting has a nationwide reach, most broadcasts are oriented to the local community and the local audiences’ needs and concerns. This makes broadcast stations, especially radio, a powerful force in mobilizing the populace during natural calamities and emergencies. Member stations of the KBP are organized into Chapters to facilitate the implementation of programs and projects of the broadcast media association.
Station Managers from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao during the KBP Local Chapters Conference in Tagaytay last April. Seated at center is KBP President Herman Z. Basbaño. To his right is Dr. Cecille Dy, KBP Trustee.
During the conference, Dr. Cedric Daep, Executive Director of the Climate Change Academy in Albay province shared the lessons learned by the province on how media can play an effective role not only during but also before and after the occurrence of natural disasters. Albay, under the helm of Governor Joey Salceda, has been recognized by international and local developmental agencies, including the UN, for its successful management of disaster risks.
Daep said that the media has a valuable role in minimizing the number of casualties and the amount of damage during disasters and in reducing uncertainty and the cost of undertaking efforts to reduce risks during disasters. Daep said that local media is invaluable in helping find people who need to be rescued or helped during disasters. He said that media is also important in helping assess risks and damages and in improving policies on disaster risk reduction and management.
During the conference, Director Renato Solidum of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) briefed participants on the Emergency-Preparedness Infochart — a manual designed particularly for broadcasters to understand and properly communicate information on natural hazards, including floods, typhoons, storm surges, earthquakes and tsunamis. disasters such as tsunami, volcanic eruptions, and landslides. Solidum said the Philippines ranks No. 3 among countries most exposed to natural hazards according to the World Risks Report for 2012.
Two-hundred sixty-five broadcast media workers and dependents will undergo skills training under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). The training will be implemented as part of an agreement between the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) and TESDA signed last December 2013. KBP president Herman Z. Basbaño said that the program aims to train broadcast media workers to better cope with the requirements of their jobs as well as to help their dependents earn gainful employment.
TESDA and KBP sign agreement to train broadcast media workers and dependents: TESDA Director for Public Information Marta Hernandez, KBP President Herman Z. Basbaño, TESDA Director-General Emmanuel Villanueva. KBP Board Chairman Ruperto S. Nicdao, Jr.
TESDA approved last May the issuance of certificates of commitment to 265 participants endorsed by the KBP to TESDA for training this year. The trainees will be coming from all over the country, including Metro Manila, Laguna, Occidental Mindoro, Zambales, Olongapo, Nueva Ecija, Pqampanga, Bulacan, Baguio, Pangasinan, Laoag, Tuguegarao, Isabela
Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, General Santos, Dipolog, and Bukidnon.
The trainees are scheduled to undergo orientation and evaluation by TESDA this June and July before they start attending training courses in designated training centers.