AS Mindanao Daily News celebrates its eigth anniversary today, we now look at various outreaches that the company has organized the past year as a way of giving back to its patrons.
The 1st Mindanao Governance & Leadership Excellence Awards in partnership with Philippine Veterans Bank happened last March 7 at Limketkai Luxe Hotel, this city. This yearly project which started this year aims at giving due recognition to government leaders and private sector achievers for bringing fame and honor to their communities.
Conceptualized by MDN editor in chief Allan M. Mediante, the awards criteria for judging are consistency of best practices in governance (regulatory change, good management, utilization of technology and human resources management practices) – 20 percent; principled leadership (style – responsiveness to people needs through participatory service delivery, civic engagement, partnerships and resource mobilization for poverty reduction and local level development – 30 percent; and recognition & awards (ingenuity and originality in programs and projects conceptualization and implementation i.e. building cohesive local communities for a secure and peaceful environment, developing institutional and structural arrangements, management systems and tools that work – 30 percent.
“These leaders have shown good governance and leadership traits and best practices in steering their communities and organizations into winning various achievement awards. Thus the need to trumpet their achievements through media platforms such as the presentor – Mindanao Daily News,” awards chairman and Mindanao Daily News publisher Dante Sudaria said.
Awards executive director Allan Mediante, editor-in-chief of Mindanao Daily News, opined that government and private sector leaders are facing completely new pressures both from within their own institutions and in their own communities, thus the need for transformational change.
“Those changes are only possible when leaders gain the support of stakeholders by embodying their institution’s values and demonstrating that their decisions are made for a greater cause and not for a personal agenda,” Mediante said.
Another event initiated by Mindanao Daily is the holding of the Mindanao Daily News Journalism Awards.
According to project director Mediante, there were contest categories in opinion writing, news feature writing, health and science reporting, sports writing and photo journalism.
Apart from the students, government writers and private company writers joined in the competition.
Sudaria said that “we have undertaken the challenge to do our own corporate social responsibility, thus this project which we offer with the help of institutions and establishments for building better communities and the betterment of Mindanao.”
Veteran journalists trainer Joe Felicilda also conducted trainings throughout the year in cooperation with Mindanao Daily.
As Mindanao Daily News embarks on its ninth year, Sudaria is looking forward serving the community even better.