Philippine Agricultural Journalists to elect new officers

Coinciding with its 40th founding anniversary, the Philippine Agricultural Journalists, Inc. (PAJ) will hold its 2016 general assembly and election of officers, on September 17 (Saturday), 2016, 9 am to 4 pm, at the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) auditorium, Elliptical Road, in Diliman, Quezon City.

Outgoing PAJ president Roman Floresca, who recently retired as business editor of The Philippine Star, said they have invited agriculture secretary Emmanuel 'Manny' PiAol to keynote the event and induct the new set of 15 national officers and board of directors who will serve for two years up to 2018.

PCA officer-in-charge Glenn Santos was also invited to welcome the members from Metro Manila and Luzon, during the opening program, which will be followed by the 2016 PAJ general assembly and business meeting of one of the country's oldest organizations composed of more than 300 agriculture and environment editors, reporters, correspondents, and information officers from government and private sectors.

Formed in September 1976, the group has to date established four regional chapters in: PAJ Calabarzon, led by Johhny Goloyugo, of the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication; PAJ Bicol, led by Juan Escandor, Jr., of Bicol Mail and Philippine Daily Inquirer; PAJ Eastern Visayas, led by Ray Junia, publisher- editor of OpinYon; and PAJ Cagayan Valley, led by Domingo Fugaban of DZYT.

During the meeting, Floresca will report the major projects of the 40-year old organization, notably the annual Binhi Awards for agricultural journalism, which is sponsored by San Miguel Corporation, and the conduct of four regional climate change workshops sponsored by the MVP group of companies and the Department of Agriculture.

Floresca urges current and prospective members to attend the 2016 business meeting and elections, and coordinate with PAJ secretary Ma. Ruby Lumongsod at 3764790 or 09208126421. All members are enjoined to pay P200 for their two-year membership fee to qualify to vote and be nominated and elected as one of the 15-person board of directors

Source: Philippine Information Agency