Rowena Galang Bumanlag, head of the Philippine Carabao Center’s Applied Communication Section, recently placed first in the “2013 PCAARRD’s Professional Media Award (Print Category).
The competition is part of the yearly search conducted by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), an attached agency of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
The winners were honored during an awarding ceremony held November 8 at Sofitel Hotel, Pasay City.
Bumanlag received a trophy and cash prize from Dr. Patricio Faylon, PCAARRD executive director, and Danilo Cardenas, deputy executive director.
The Professional Media Award is given by PCAARRD as a “salute to the hardworking media practitioners who excelled and created significant impact in science and technology (S&T) promotion, commercialization, and adoption”. It is subdivided into two categories: print and broadcast. Under the print category, awards are given for articles published in national, regional, and local dailies as well as magazine and professional newsletters. Broadcast awards are given for programs aired over the radio.
Bumanlag was adjudged winner based on her significant contributions as a media practitioner in technology diffusion, including her ability as a writer to explore creative possibilities of presenting a single commodity in easy-to-read articles that arouse readers’ interest.
She developed her expertise as an agricultural writer in work experiences in different government agencies in the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija. She joined the PCC in 2009.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Development Communication from the Central Luzon State University in 2003 and is currently pursuing her masters degree in communication at the Ateneo de Manila University.
Winners in four other categories, namely, best R&D paper, “Pantas” (for outstanding scientists/researchers and research administrators), “Tanglaw” (for outstanding research institutions), and “Ugnay” (for the best R&D Consortium and Elvira Tan Memorial Award for Outstanding Fisheries Publication) were also cited during the awarding ceremony.
This year’s search revolved around the theme: “PCAARRD: Kaagapay sa Pag-unlad ng Industriya ng Sakahan at Pangisdaan.”