October 30, 2011 in media
The Philippines has a rich and colorful tapestry of over 110 ethno-linguistic indigenous groups scattered across the archipelago. They comprise 10% to 15% of the population and are considered the most disadvantaged sector. They are generally located in ancestral territories and have high rates of unemployment, vulnerable employment and illiteracy. They are said to experience a great deal of discrimination, degradation and exploitation of their resources, and face challenges in land ownership.
Sadly, the situation of indigenous peoples (IPs) is under-reported or almost absent in Philippine media. When IPs are reported on, it is often about their cultural practices and idiosyncratic ways of living. They are always portrayed as victims of conflict or discrimination.
In response to the need to sustain substantial reportage and build on what has been started already, the International Labour Organization (ILO) Country Office for the Philippines, in partnership with Probe Media Foundation (PMF), will recognize outstanding published and broadcasted stories on indigenous peoples in print, photo essay, radio, television and online media that dealt with topics such as their rights, laws, struggles, dreams, aspirations and continuing efforts as beneficial citizens of this country.
The recognition program entitled “Pagkilala sa mga Natatanging Kuwentong Katutubo” (Recognition of Outstanding Stories on Indigenous Peoples), is the first of its kind in the country that will highlight excellence in reportage on indigenous peoples that portrays them not only as a marginalized sector or beneficiaries but as ‘partners in development’.
This program largely focuses on success stories of indigenous communities or individuals —- how they were able to empower themselves amidst adversities and challenges as citizens of this country who usually take the back seat in the scheme of things or are lost in the stream of public consciousness.
Stories published or aired between August 2009 and August 2011 may be submitted to Probe Media Foundation not later than 12 midnight of November 15, 2011.
Recognition shall be given to the reporter, photographer, writer or producer whose story captured the essentials of reporting on indigenous peoples. Winners will be announced on December 12, 2011. (www.ilo.org/manila, email@example.com and PPI as coordinating arm for print) # nordis.net