BALANGA CITY, Bataan – A respected national media organization in partnership with two global agencies have chosen one of the seasoned writers of 1Bataan.com to be part of its second project on road safety journalism.
Joey Hernal, CLTV 36 department head for news and public affairs, confirmed that Mhike Cigaral has been chosen as one of the fellows for the 2nd phase of the Road Safety Journalism Fellowship (RSJF) organized by VERA Files, a non-profit media organization, in partnership with the World Health Organization. The project is also part of the multi-country Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety 2015-2019 of the Bloomberg Philanthropies. Cigaral will join other chosen respected journalists from Metro Manila and other provinces.
The Fellowship aims to strengthen the capacity of journalists to produce comprehensive news and feature articles, and translate statistics on road injuries and deaths to human and public interest stories.
The program also aims to generate interest in road safety reportage that is thorough, exhaustive and contextualized; one that goes beyond breaking news, body counts and police reports.
VERA Files is published by veteran Filipino journalists taking a deeper look into Philippine current issues. Vera is Latin term for “true.” Ellen Tordesillas, Yvonne Chua, Luz Rimban, Booma Cruz, Jennifer Santiago and Chit Estella are the founding members of VERA Files.
Estella passed away in May 2011 in a car accident.
Cigaral was former OIC of the provincial information office (PIO) from 2004-2006 during the time of the late Governor Tet Garcia, Jr. Aside from 1Bataan.com, he is presently the Bataan-Central Luzon Correspondent of national radio DZXL RMN Manila 558, Bataan stringer for CLTV 36 and contributor to I-Orbit News.com.
Mhike is also the co-anchor of this reporter in the radio program “Morning Connections” aired every Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Poweradio 104.5 FM.