Environment documentary wins UN award

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Sunday, March 22, 2015


THE environmental documentary "Oras Na| aired over GMA Network won in the first edition of the International Award for Best TV Documentary on Disaster Risk Reduction.

The only nominee and winning entry from the Philippines, “Oras Na” was named Best Investigative Story during the awarding ceremony at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, last March 16. It was tied with BBC Panorama’s Britain Underwater in the category.

Organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and its partners, the Asia Broadcasting Union (ABU) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the International Award for Best TV Documentary on Disaster Risk Reduction seeks to honor works that spotlight human stories, investigation, and innovation.

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“Oras Na,” produced by GMA News and Public Affairs and hosted by Richard Gutierrez, was an ambitious production that took many months in the making. The 70-minute environmental documentary aired on GMA-7’s Sunday Night Box Office in 2011 and revealed the never before seen impact of ecological exploitations from the most remote to the highly urbanized areas in the country.

With the use of time-lapse recording, the documentary presented visual evidence of the degradation of the country’s rainforests, shortage of clean water, the significant decline of fossil fuels, and the looming collapse of marine resources from over harvesting and destructive fishing.

“Oras Na” also received the Martine Filippi Award for Discovery in the 31st International Union Radiophonique et Télévisuelle Internationale (URTI) Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary held in Monte Carlo, Monaco in 2012.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 23, 2015.

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