One national daily, four community papers vie for Sustainable Construction Reporting awards

For their outstanding reportage on sustainable construction, focusing on little-explored topics—from using inclusive strategies to rebuild from the rubble to giving voice to indigenous peoples’ aspirations for a school they could call their own—one national and four community newspapers have emerged as finalists in this year’s Journalism Awards for Sustainable Construction Reporting (JASCOR).

Finalists include three stories from the Philippine Daily Inquirer for the national newspaper category, and five from community papers, namely, Baguio Chronicle, Mindanao Observer, Sun.Star Cebu, and The Freeman.

JASCOR aims to recognize excellent stories from the print media that help the public better understand, appreciate and support sustainable construction. It is jointly organized by construction solutions company Holcim Philippines and the Philippine Press Institute (PPI), the country’s biggest association of newspapers.

As defined by the LafargeHolcim Group, one of the world’s leading suppliers of cement and aggregates, sustainable construction is “building in a way that is socially, economically, environmentally, functionally, and aesthetaically balanced to meet today’s needs and to conserve resources for future generations.”

Now on its third cycle, the JASCOR is the first and only one of its kind in the Philippines. The awards ceremony is slated for November 10, 2016 at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City.

For this year’s awards, JASCOR’s boards of screeners and judges evaluated stories published from August 1, 2015 to July 31, 2016.

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Holcim Philippines and PPI will award the Sustainable Construction Story of the Year in each category—one for national newspapers and another for community newspapers— to the writers whose articles best demonstrate understanding of the value and benefits of sustainable construction. The two winners will each get a cash prize of P50,000 and a trophy.

The remaining finalists will each receive a consolation prize of P10,000.

The Inquirer will receive the Merit Award for Sustainable Construction Reporting and a cash prize of P75,000 for having the most number of finalists this year, sweeping the national newspaper category.

For more details about JASCOR, please contact PPI at (02) 527-9632/527-4478 or email and

National Newspaper Category Finalists

Baguio-La Trinidad Traffic Solvers Hope for E-Trains

Vincent Cabreza

Philippine Daily Inquirer

September 22, 2015

Climate Change Revives ‘Natural Building’ of Houses

Yolanda Sotelo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

February 3, 2016

New Growth Areas for Renewable Energy

Riza Olchondra

Philippine Daily Inquirer

June 30, 2016

Community Newspaper Category Finalists

A Brave New School Without Walls

Lina Sagaral Reyes, with reports from ReyGarcia, Mel Madera, Nova Thirdy Agravante, Mary Rose Silvidad, Dahlia Benemerito

Mindanao Observer

July 24, 2016

Basilica Minore del Santo Niño: Restoring a Historical Landmark

July 31, 2016

May Miasco

The Freeman

Disaster-Proofing Bantayan                                                                                                                           

Flornisa Gitgano

Sun.Star Cebu

July 27, 2016

St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Clarin, Bohol: Rising from the Rubble

Michael Vencynth Braga

The Freeman

July 31, 2016

The Zero Carbon Resort Demonstration Cottage: Retrofitting the “Bahay Kubo” for Climate Change

Frank Cimatu

Baguio Chronicle

May 28-June 3, 2016