Darwin Wally T. Wee is a young journalist based in Zamboanga City, which is considered the “central news nerve” of Western Mindanao, Philippines.
He worked as a news writer for a peace advocates organization –Peace Advocates Zamboanga (www.zabida.com.ph and currently as a correspondent for the Philippine’s leading business newspaper BusinessWorld (www.bworldonline.com) for the last six years. He also contributes and does special assignments for other media groups and non-government organizations in the Philippines.
Mr. Wee is the current chapter chairman of the National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (Zamboanga-Basilan-Sulu-Tawi-Tawi Chapter), a member of Peace and Conflict Journalism Network, and Kabuhi Mindanao, an environmental group based in Zamboanga Peninsula.
He currently covers a wide array of newsbeats; from armed conflict, peace process, agribusiness to environmental issues. Being based in Mindanao, which is known for its rich natural resources, Mr. Wee has been exposed to several concerns that are related to environment issues such as the entry of foreign mining companies, illegal wildlife trading, eco-tourism, and the effect of climate change in the agribusiness sector such as in the industries of fishing and seaweed.
In his years as newsgatherer, Mr. Wee’s stories have earned him some recognitions for his contributions in the Philippines media, this include the Best Feature Writer (Travel and Tourism) by the Department of the Tourism Zamboanga Peninsula regional office –2007, and was named as among the seven finalists of the 2010 Marshall McLuhan Fellow and Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism.
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