ON January 19, 2018, the Department of Education published on its website the press release on the nominations for the 2018 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos – Award for Teachers which is in partnership with Deped. The information was also announced earlier via Deped Memorandum No. 003, s. 2018 using the same title released on January 17, 2018.

According to the press release and the released Memorandum, the Award aims to recognize outstanding Filipinos who are responsible citizens, exemplary public servants, and agents of positive change in their respective communities.

After the stiff selectionprocess which the nominees will hurdle, four teachers will join three soldiers and three police officers to comprise this year’s Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos. Each awardee will receive P1 million cash incentive, a trophy, and a gold medallion. They will also be awarded during Metrobank’s 56th anniversary in September.

For her part Deped Secretary Leonor M. Briones pointedout the significantrole of teachers in instilling relevant knowledge in the minds and honing the skills and talents of all learners, which serve as key ingredients for the betterment of the nation. She also reiteratedthe message of MBFI President AnicetoSobrepeña, that by giving them due recognition, the awardees will inspire the Filipino nation to contribute in realizing and achieving our collective task of building a strong and progressive society.

The Search is open to all Filipino educators teaching in the elementary (including kindergarten level, provided it is part of the integrated curriculum or part of an elementary school system), secondary or tertiary level, including graduate school and alternative learning system, with full-time or permanent appointment and with full teaching load.

The nominees must have an average performance rating of at least “very satisfactory” in the past ten years of teaching and must have completed academic requirements for Master’s Degree.

Good news to the winners of local awards organized by provinces and municipalities for outstanding teachers because they are encouraged to join, provided the eligibility requirements are met.

However, self-nomination is not allowed or accepted. They have to be nominated by qualified nominators. The nominators must be aware that the deadline for submission of nomination forms is on or before March 1, 2018, through courier to Metrobank Foundation, 4th Floor, Executive Offices, Metrobank Plaza, Sen. Gil J. Puyat, Makati City.

This Corner is inviting all the interested would be awardees and nominators to download the nomination form and the detailed guidelines foundin Deped Memorandum No. 3, series of 2018, or the 2018 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos – Award for Teachersat http://www.deped.gov.ph/memos/dm-003-s-2018. Formore information, you may visit Metrobank Foundation’s official website at www.mbfoundation.org.ph and the Awards’ official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mbfi.outstandingfilipinos.

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Director’s Cut:(This portion features the thoughts of Atty. Alberto T. Escobarte, CESO IV, Regional Director, Deped Region 11 to all stakeholders and recipients of the efforts to improve the basic education). "Let me assure you that in the performance of my official duties and even my private acts will be guided and guarded by my Oath of Office, The PanunumpangKawaningGobyerno, the Philippine Constitution and all the laws that govern our actions.”

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