A BusinessMirror reporter on Tuesday bagged the Best Statistical Reporting in Print Media Award for the second year in a row.
At the opening of the 30th National Statistics Month (NSM) and the 14th National Convention on Statistics (NCS) on Tuesday, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) awarded Jasper Emmanuel Y. Arcalas for his “high level of professionalism in obtaining the best attainable version of truth.”
This was exemplified in the article titled, “Food waste, postharvest losses where millions remain hungry” written by Arcalas and published on October 18, 2018.
The article, published in the BusinessMirror’s Broader Look section, discussed the country’s food waste situation utilizing various government statistics.
The story also included BusinessMirror’s estimate, based on government data, of the amount of rice wasted on a daily basis.
The data showed the country wasted P41 million worth of well-milled rice everyday sold at P42 per kilo.
The article also stated that “Filipinos waste 360.602 million kg of rice valued at some P15.145 billion, according to the BusinessMirror’s estimates. This could have fed at least 3.281 million Filipinos.”
This is a back-to-back win for Arcalas. This is the first time that a print reporter won the award for two consecutive years.
Last year, the PSA bestowed Arcalas the same award for his article, titled “Government needs to increase its palay support price but by how much?” published on March 5, 2018.
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