Outstanding rescue volunteers, brave cops lauded

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Friday, December 7, 2012


KIDAPAWAN CITY - A rescue volunteer from North Cotabato who helped organize a rescue group in the city was among the outstanding volunteers awarded by the Regional Development Council (RDC) on Thursday.

Marlon Ceballos, one of the organizers of the 505 Disaster Rescue Emergencies Assistance and Management (Dream), received a plaque from the RDC, along with other outstanding volunteers in Soccsksargen (Region 12).

Ceballos, aside from being awarded as outstanding volunteer by the RDC-12, has also received recognition from Pollution Control Association of the Philippines Inc., and the Environmental Management Bureau in Region 12.

Another volunteer from Kidapawan City, Sharon Jane Biton of the Kidapawan City Emergency Response Unit (KidCeru), was honored as outstanding volunteer under the individual youth category.

The Dadiangas Baptist Church in General Santos City and the Cotabato Filipino-Chinese Volunteer Fire Brigade Inc. in Cotabato City were also honored under the organization category.

RDC chair and General Santos City Mayor Darlene Custodio said the outstanding volunteer organizations and individuals were awarded because of their selfless service and dedication to helping others through volunteerism.

Custodio, during the awarding, has expressed her appreciation for the effort of the volunteers in their endeavor in building strong communities across the country.

The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Region 12 said the awardees were judged through their qualities (25 percent); performance (40 percent); and impact (35 percent).

The awarding was held in General Santos City, two days after typhoon Pablo ravaged Mindanao.

The national awarding will be held, anytime this month, in Metro Manila. The PIA-12 said the Search for Outstanding Volunteer (SOV) is an annual recognition headed by the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency.

It aims to highlight and recognize the exemplary performance of Filipino volunteers.

Meantime, three policemen from Soccsksargen were honored recently for their gallantry.

Sr. Insp. Benjamin Mauricio, head of the public information office of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Region 12, identified two of the courageous cops as Police Officer 1 Mark Anthony Santillan and Police Officer 2 Peter Quinzon.

A member of the Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) team from General Santos City, whose identity was withheld for security reasons, was also given the award.

Mauricio said the three were conferred the "Medalya ng Kasanayan" and "Medalya ng Sugatang Magiting."

Chief Superintendent Alex Paul Monteagudo, police regional director, said the cops brought not only honor and pride to the police forces but also uplift their morale in the midst of grief over the loss of two police officers last week.

These police officers, according to Monteagudo, were killed separately by "riding in tandem" criminals.

Mauricio said the Swat member killed one of the suspects and wounded another who is now at the custody of the PNP for tactical investigation. (Malu Cadelina Manar)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 08, 2012.

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