Metrobank confers outstanding Filipinos-A A +A
Thursday, September 12, 2013
AS ONE of the highlights of its 51st anniversary, Metrobank conferred the winners of the 2013 Metrobank Foundation Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT), The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (Tops), and Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (Cops) in an awarding ceremony held last September 5 at the Metrobank Plaza Auditorium.
Senator Koko Pimentel III served as the guest speaker, while distinguished officials from the government, business, academe, and diplomatic communities graced the event.
Collectively called as the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos, these exemplary teachers, soldiers and police officers are honored because of their dedication to service and being champions of excellence even in the most trying of circumstances.
The 2013 Outstanding Teachers are: Fely A. Batiloy of Special Education Integrated School for Exceptional Children (Iloilo City); Dr. Mitchel V. Rodriguez of Odiongan Central School (Gingoog City); Cherry G. Vinluan of Guagua Elementary School (Guagua, Pampanga); Rodel C. Sampang of Pedro Guevarra Elementary School (City of Manila); Dominique J. Maquiran of the University of the Philippines High School in Iloilo (Iloilo City); Dr. Maria Teresa M. Bautista of Bacnotan National High School (Bacnotan, La Union); Marcelo T. Otinguey of Ampusongan National High School (Bakun, Benguet); Maria Lorna L. Garnace of Philippine Science High School, Eastern Visayas Campus (Palo, Leyte); Dr. Alfredo C. Robles, Jr. of the De La Salle University (City of Manila); and Dr. Emilyn Q. Espiritu of the Ateneo de Manila University (Quezon City).
On the other hand, the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines who made it as the 2013 Outstanding Soldiers are: Colonel Romeo S. Brawner Jr. (Quezon City); Chief Master Sergeant Rogelio J. Mendoza (Tarlac); Technical Sergeant Ferdinand S. Baladjay (Nueva Ecija); Captain Vicente L. Cejoco (Quezon City), Technical Sergeant Dante P. Berganio (Sulu); Hospitalman Third Class Sergs E. Estropigan (Cavite); Lieutenant Colonel Moises L. Micor (Pasay City), Master Sergeant Alberto A. Pesebre (Quezon City); Technical Sergeant Nolito E. Tumesa (Pampanga); and Major Daneck E. Dang-awan CHS (Taguig City).
Lastly, the 2013 Outstanding Police Officers are: Police Superintendent Edgar Alan Omas Okubo (Quezon City); Police Chief Inspector Carlo Magno Mercado Manuel (Manila); Police Senior Inspector Arlan Lim Delumpines (Zamboanga City); Police Inspector Margienett Terano Yosores (Cebu); Senior Police Officer 1 Edgardo Abastar Figuracion II (Zamboanga del Sur); Senior Police Officer 1 Raquel Ramos Aniwasal (Batangas); Senior Police Officer 4 Teofilo Siao Juanata Jr. (Pangasinan); Senior Police Officer 2 Oscar Morales Angeles Jr. (Marikina City); Senior Police Officer 2 Rodito Torrevillas Viovicente (Lapu Lapu City); and Senior Police Officer 1 Eduardo De Guzman Covarrubias (Zamboanga City).
“Each year, together with our partner organizations, we go through the painstaking process of winnowing the grain from the chaff: searching across the country for extraordinary acts from among our country’s educators, soldiers and police officers,” said Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña.
“It is not an easy task but one we bear gladly for the opportunity to uplift those who embody the integrity, selflessness and professionalism that those in public service should aspire for,” he added.
Outstanding Soldier Colonel Romeo Brawner Jr. delivered the response on behalf of the 2013 awardees.
“These awards are about our love of our country. How else can we explain why our teachers continue to resist the lure of higher pay if they teach abroad? How else can we explain why our policemen continue to protect jeepney passengers from hold-uppers even during their off-duty hours? And how else can we explain how our soldiers continue to serve with dedication on board a Navy ship grounded in the Ayungin shoal, braving loneliness and even malnutrition just to protect our sovereignty and our sovereign rights?” said Colonel Brawner, a former AFP spokesperson.
“It is simply because of love of country. But more than just love of country, we want to ask our citizenry to join us in our campaign to develop a culture of peace and a culture of excellence among the Filipinos - A culture of peace where our citizens would resort to peaceful means to settle differences rather than through violence or armed struggle; A culture of excellence where we will not settle for mediocrity but excellence through education,” he expressed.
Col. Brawner developed the “Prosperity Team Concept,” a people-centered, poverty-reduction approach to insurgency prevention. He partnered with a US-based NGO for the construction of a medical clinic, birthing center and a two-classroom school building in Bohol.
As a former AFP spokesperson, he maintained the image of the AFP as a dependable first-responder by providing timely and accurate information regarding its function in law enforcement and disaster response, among others.
Another awardee this year is Outstanding Teacher from Benguet, Marcelo T. Otinguey, who, aside from sharing his expertise as a demonstration teacher in his division, has conducted programs and activities to educate members of his community and nurture the Bakun Kankana-ey indigenous people’s cultural heritage.
He has helped put up community libraries and learning centers in Bakun and organized technical education trainings for poverty alleviation in various rural communities.
Outstanding Police Officer SPO1 Edgrado Figuracion II led operations for dismantling of illegal gambling dens, and the arrest of a notorious drug syndicate in Zamboanga del Sur.
As a member of the police force’s health service, SPO1 Figuracion plays an active role in their community outreach programs, especially in their medical missions. He also showed heroism beyond call of duty through the rescue and adoption of a baby girl who was a victim of a massacre in Zamboanga del Sur.
Each SOT, Cops and Tops awardees is presented with a trophy and gold medallion, as well as cash prize of P300,000 each for Cops and Tops awardees and P350,000 each for SOT awardees.
Since 1979, Metrobank Group founder and Chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty believes that leadership in business entails leadership in community service as well. Beyond serving as an expression of gratitude and a reward for their excellence, its recognition programs for outstanding Filipinos have become a testament to the abilities and potential of our democratic institutions and people to bring about change.
Now on its 29th year, SOT, in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education, honors the teaching profession, recognizing those who exhibit competence, remarkable dedication to their work, and effective educational leadership, as well as their various community involvements.
Tops, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Makati Metro for the past 14 years, honors the gallant men and women of the Armed Forces who go beyond expectations and highlights their achievements and efforts toward nation building and development.
On its 11th year, Cops honors the career achievements of gallant police officers of the nation who actively mobilized, involved and organized the community to become fellow vanguards of peace and order. (PR)