Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos with the Guest of Honor Senate president Franklin Drilon (9th from left), Metrobank Group Chairman George S.K. Ty (8th from left), Senator Sonny Angara (7th from left), Senator Cynthia Villar (10th from left), Senator Grace Poe (11th from left), Metrobank Chairman Arthur V. Ty (6th from left) and Metrobank president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña (12th from left).
The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) conferred this year’s winners of its Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT), Search for The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS), and Search for the Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS) in an awarding ceremony held on September 5, 2014 at the Metrobank Plaza Auditorium. Senate President Franklin Drilon served as the guest speaker, while distinguished officials from the government, business, academe, and diplomatic communities graced the event. The event served as one of the highlights of Metrobank’s 52nd anniversary celebration.
Collectively called as the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos, these exemplary teachers, soldiers and police officers are hailed because of their dedication to service and being champions of excellence even in the most trying of circumstances.
“There are countless stories of bravery, heroism, sacrifice and gallantry not only in the AFP and PNP, but also among our teachers and other government workers. They are our modern-day heroes, who have remained honest and true to their calling, who will not hesitate to walk the extra mile and transcend their limitations just to give the best service possible to our country and people,” said Senate president Drilon in his speech. “As a tradition I started in 2002, last Monday, the Senate passed a resolution commending the achievements of the 2014 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos, which resolutions were authored and sponsored at the floor by Senators Poe, Villar and Angara. The resolutions were presented to the awardees during their courtesy call. To our awardees, you are shining examples of good public servants who are worthy of emulation by your peers and members of your respective organizations and communities,” he continued.
Four (4) elementary, four (4) secondary public school teachers, and two (2) professors from the higher education level join the rank of 326 Outstanding Teachers honored by Metrobank Foundation since 1985. The 2014 Outstanding Teachers are (photo above, from left to right): Anna Bella F. Abellera of Naga Central School I (Naga City); Sharon Rose P. Puyo of Cabadbaran South Central Elementary School SPED Center (Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte); Dr. Enerio E. Ebisa of Doña Juana Actub Luch Memorial Central School (Iligan City); and Dr. Allan Moore S. Cabrillas of San Jose West Central School (San Jose City, Nueva Ecija) for the elementary Competition. Meanwhile, the secondary competition winners are: Dr. Juanito A. Merle of Talipan National High School (Pagbilao, Quezon); Dr. Jesus C. Insilada of Alcarde Gustilo Memorial National High School (Calinog, Iloilo); Dr. Matrose P. Galarion of Angeles City National High School (Angeles City); and Dr. Noel V. Ibis of Vinzons Pilot High School (Vinzons, Camarines Norte). While, Dr. Resurreccion B. Sadaba of the University of the Philippines-Visayas (Miag-ao, Iloilo) and Dr. Teodora D. Balangcod of the University of the Philippines-Baguio (Baguio City) are the winners for the higher education competition.
On the other hand, the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines awarded as 2014 Outstanding Soldiers are (photo above, from left to right): Colonel Teodoro A. Llamas PA, Master Sergeant Aladin S. Dacayanan PA, and Staff Sergeant Rehum P. Magno PA from the Philippine Army. The winners from the Philippine Navy are: Captain Alberto B. Carlos PN, Sergeant Eugene J. Padilla PN (M), and Commissary Steward 2nd Class Felix B. Guaves II PN. While Lieutenant Colonel Adriano SJ. Duadico PAF, Staff Sergeant Sheryl P. Toribio PAF, and Technical Sergeant Benny G. Dofitas PAF are the winners from the Philippine Air Force. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Florencio Ritchie I. Capulong III MAC, from the Medical Administrative Corps completes this year’s batch of winners.
Meanwhile, the 2014 Outstanding Police Officers are (photo above, from left to right): Police Senior Superintendent Cedrick G. Train (Palo, Leyte); Police Senior Superintendent Rodelio B. Jocson (Maguindanao); Police Chief Inspector Byron F. Allatog (La Trinidad, Benguet) and Police Chief Inspector Reynaldo E. Ariño (Zamboanga City) for the Police Commissioned Officers category. Meanwhile, the winners for the Police Non-Commissioned Officers category are: Police Officer 3 Michael D. Pontoy (Kalibo, Aklan); Senior Police Officer 1 Reynaldo G. Solante (Cebu City); Police Officer 2 Arshear U. Ismael (Zamboanga City); Police Officer 3 Alexander B. Fazon, Jr.(Butuan City); Senior Police Officer 1 Rey H. Sarcon (San Fernando City, Pampanga) and Police Officer 3 Comet D. Dumangeng (Sta. Rita, Pampanga).
“We have always believed in the Filipinos’ potential to succeed given the ample opportunities to pursue their dreams,” said Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña. “We honor exemplary teachers, soldiers and police officers who have braved the odds, blazed a trail in their respective fields, and inspired other people through their deeds because as we enable them to reach for their aspirations, they, in turn, help us reach the Metrobank Foundation’s dream of nurturing a society that is committed to the task of nation-building,” he continued.
Outstanding Police Officer PSSupt Cedrick Train delivered the response on behalf of the 2014 awardees. “Despite the many challenges, the awardees have remained steadfast in their spirit and control of human faculties, clinging to their passion and enthusiasm to serve the people. They are never afraid of treading the dangerous landmine of public criticism, ridicule or unfavorable perception. An individual may be a weary soldier in the field, a strained and stained police officer in the street, a burn-out teacher in the classroom, but each and every single one of them are fighting their own precious battles with dignity and pride. Evidently, they did not fail in this respect as they emerged victorious as leaders of innovation and change,” expressed PSSupt Train. “Nevertheless, this is not so much about the award as it is about the message that it strongly conveys-- that there are countless teachers, soldiers, policemen and policewomen who are doing their tasks with utmost vigor and dedication, and that there are those who believe in their potentials as model public servants. But much more fitting, the awardees want to thank and acknowledge all the people who have endured with them as well as the people they worked with throughout their careers. They have inspired, taught and guided the awardees to the path of excellence,” he continued.
PSSupt Train conceptualized and implemented the Geographical Reference for Integrated Deployment-Selective Enforcement to Reduce Victimization and Integrate Community Empowerment Strategies (GRID-SERVICES) This initiative maps street crime and other incidents, and employs COMPSTAT data for crime intelligence and analysis. Among the programs he established to train police personnel to properly address risky behavior among the youth and interfaith cooperation are the Anti-Illegal Drug Education and Services, Safer Schools Project, and Police Spiritual Alliance with Lumads and Muslims. As a lawyer, PSSupt Train may easily go for greener pastures outside the service but he says that he finds fulfillment in nurturing and strengthening the core values of the police service.
Another awardee this year is Outstanding Teacher Dr. Resurreccion Sadaba who specializes in Mangrove Studies at the University of the Philippines Visayas. He has co-authored the books “Handbook of Mangroves in the Philippines” (2004), and “Beach Forest Species and Mangrove Associates” (2004) as products of his researches on mangroves, particularly on the impact of oil spills on the mangroves, as well as on beach forest species and mangroves associates. He also initiated research training for teachers to equip secondary school teachers in Region 6 with skills and knowledge in relating to science. He also serves as adviser and resource person on mangrove rehabilitation projects in Guimaras and Iloilo. Recently, he is a resource person for the Inquiry on the Estancia Oil Spill by the Committee on Energy of the House of Representatives.
Outstanding Soldier Colonel Teodoro A. Llamas PA was at the forefront of the mission to neutralize the MNLF forces who wanted to declare independence from the Philippine government during the Zamboanga siege. Through his strategic direction and experience in hostage rescue and urban combat, the AFP was able to rescue 113 hostages and capture over a hundred MNLF fighters, on top of the seizure of high powered firearms. Col. Llamas also designed the low-cost semi-collapsible barracks that is still being used in the AFP today and saved hundreds of thousands in construction costs for the institution.
Each SOT, COPS and TOPS awardee was presented with a trophy and gold medallion. Each SOT awardee received Php 500,000 cash prize while TOPS and COPS awardees each received Php 400,000 cash prize.
Now on its 30th year, Metrobank Foundation Search for Outstanding Teachers, in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), 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. Metrobank Foundation Search for The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Makati Metro for the past 15 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 12th year, Metrobank Foundation Search for the Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service, in partnership with the Rotary Club of New Manila East, 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.
The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) was established on January 8, 1979 by Dr. George S. K. Ty, sixteen (16) years after he founded the Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company (Metrobank). As the corporate social responsibility arm of the Metrobank Group, the Foundation implements various programs in education, visual arts and healthcare and maintains an active and dynamic partnership with other organizations that likewise provide services for the underprivileged sectors of society and remains equally responsive to emergency and relief operations for affected Filipinos in times of natural calamities in the Philippines and in Asia. Among the Foundation’s flagship programs are the Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE), Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT), The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS), Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS), Search for Journalists of the Year (JOY), Metrogold Scholarship Program (MSP), and Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC). MBFI also spearheads the celebration of the National Teachers’ Month (NTM) held from September 5 to October 5 of every year since 2008. The Foundation also implements the Fellowships for International Understanding Program in partnership with selected international organizations and diplomatic missions. It also supports programs aimed at educating the citizenry on public-interest issues through research and lectures given by the distinguished chair holders of the Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chair Lectures, established by the Foundation in partnership with reputable educational institutions. MBFI is also the principal owner of the Manila Doctors Hospital (MDH), one of the leading centers of wellness in the country. The Foundation recently celebrated its 35th year with the theme, “Launching Dreams” serving as its beacon in the next five (5) years. It shall continue to Excel, Engage, and Empower, but this time even more conscious in supporting the various sectors of the Philippine community in pursuing their individual and collective dreams -- for an educated workforce, for accessible medical care, for outstanding professional careers, and for a responsible and enlightened citizenry. Through the Foundation’s recognition and social development programs, it shall continuously strengthen and assist Filipinos in their endeavors, raising their abilities and improving their way of life, inspiring and uplifting their spirits, so that one day, they may be empowered enough to know reality of their dreams.