THE PHILIPPINE Daily Inquirer's Central Desk Director Juliet Labog-Javellana received the 2018 Ninoy and Cory Aquino Award for Journalism from the US Embassy in Manila during the 2018 International Visitor Leadership Program Reception and Aquino Awards held at the Pan-Pacific Hotel in Manila on September 12. The Aquino Award for Journalism is the highest honor given by the embassy to Filipino journalists.
In consultation with the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF), the US Embassy selects individuals from its annual roster of IVLP participants as recipients of the Aquino Awards for Journalism and Public Service, said USAID Mission Director Lawrence Hardy II, who spoke in behalf of US Ambassador Sung Kim.
As this year's awardee, Javellana will participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the US State Department's premier professional exchange program in Washington. She will spend three weeks in the United States in October as part of the Edward R. Murrow IVLP Journalist Program on Best Practices in Ethical Reporting.
Javellana has been with the Inquirer for almost thirty years and has won several awards for investigative reporting. Hardy recognized her role in how the news is covered by the daily broadsheet.
Javellana said the award will inspire her and the Inquirer to stay the course to "continue reporting the truth and upholding freedom and democracy that are under assault in these challenging times." She also thanked the US Embassy, the US Department of State and the NCAF for advancing the cause of a free and responsible press and exemplary public service through the awards. ("US Embassy gives Aquino Award to Inquirer Central Desk chief")
The embassy also awarded Maria Bella Chulipa, project director of the Japan-Philippines Community and Communication Stimulation and Therapeutic Activity Center of Baguio, for her work in low-cost therapy services for children with disabilities.
According to Hardy, 2018 marks the 70th year of people-to-people exchanges between the United States and the Philippines. Roughly 2,000 Filipinos have participated in the IVLP.