FOUR Everyday Dabawenyo heroes were feted in Monday’s "Pasidungog: Garbo sa Davao" event that recognized individuals and groups who contributed to the overall growth and development of the city.
A total of 86 awardees were feted yesterday at Davao City Convention Center.
Given the Everyday Dabawenyo Hero Awards were: Ronie Caydan, a janitor at Davao International Airport who returned cash left by a passenger at a restroom; Typhoon Vinta volunteers who dedicated their time and efforts to pack and deliver relief goods; Philip Duterte, a public school teacher in barangay Gumitan, Marilog District, who brought attention to the health issues that surrounds the Matigsalug community living in the area [Duterte died of sepsis from malaria]; Dr. Mae Dolendo, founder of House of Hope who pushed for the creation of Children's Cancer Institute, and the first pediatric oncologist in the region. Except for Duterte whose posthumous award was accepted by his widow, Kathleen, and their children, all awardees personally received their awards.
The city's top ten taxpayers were also recognized.
For business tax: Davao Light and Power Company, Holcim Philippines, Davao Doctor's Hospital, Sumifru, Mindanao Shopping Destination Corporation (SM Davao Department Store), Supervalue Inc (SM Supermarket-SM Davao, Samsung Electronics Philippines Corp, Supervalue Inc - J.P Laurel, Avenco South Corporation, and Accendo Commercial Corp.
For Real Property Tax: Therma South Inc, Davao Union Cement (Holcim), Accendo Commercisl Corporation, Southern Point Properties Corporation, SM Prime Holdings, Inc., Halifax Davao Hotel Inc., New Carcar Manufacturing Inc, Emceli Property Holdings Corp, and Avenco South Corp. Companies groups, organizations which helped the business industry were also recognized. On the peace and order aspect, recognized were volunteer groups for natural and manmade calamities.
Among those recognized also for helping in the peace and order were Sgt. Michael Mangubat, who headed the team that arrested Cayamora Maute, and Captain Damaso T. Enano who played lead role in humanitarian efforts in Typhoon Vinta. Aside from that aspect, organizations and individuals also received award for helping in the city's social services, health and drug rehabilitation, and tourism and arts.
The 86 awardees received their plaques yesterday together with an artwork which showcase Mindanawon weaving patterns. Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio in her opening speech in yesterday's event underscored the importance of giving yearly recognition to outstanding Dabawenyos and partners.
"This recognition is significant in our 9th decade as a city as it serves to remind us that Davao City will not be as it is today without Dabawenyos and friends helping each other," Duterte-Carpio said.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on March 13, 2018.
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