GOVERNMENT agencies and private stakeholders were among those that were recognized by the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas for serving the country.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines; Department of Health; Department of Education; Land Transportation Office; Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration; Cebu Doctor’s Hospital; and Carmen Copper Mining Corp. were among the agencies that were given awards. Also included were 10 private individuals and 17 AFP reserved officials and members.

Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino presented the plaque of recognition to the volunteer miners who helped in the search and rescue mission in Naval, Biliran after typhoon Urduja hit the town during Christmas.

Dino also recognized the efforts of stakeholders on projects that helped in the development of the country.

Some successful projects that were implemented last year are the Malasakit Center, a one-stop shop to give financial aid to people confined in hospitals. The TEACH2TEACH project also gave thousands of computer units to public schools in the Visayas.

“The appreciation that was given by the OPAV will raise our morale and solidify our actions. We will also assure you that we will continue to serve the county,” Lt. Gen. Paul Atal, Commander of the Central Command of AFP said in his speech.

He said the award will serve as their motivation to do better in their service for a safer Visayas. (Jaziel Calumpag, Trisha Oliveros, USC Intern)