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2019 METROBANK FOUNDATION OUTSTANDING FILIPINO AWARD FOR SOLDIERS
BRAVING WARS AND PERSONAL BATTLES: THE FACE OF TODAY’S MILITARY HEROES

When a soldier takes oath to serve the country, he upholds to perform with honor to secure the land and serve the people. This means that a soldier has to prioritize his responsibility to the motherland over his own life — even his family. To be a soldier is to be a hero, naturally.

Thus, every year, the Metrobank Foundation awards exemplary military personnel, who are considered the most heroic among heroes in the sector. These soldiers embody the ultimate faith, dedication and grit as they overcome daily challenges in the line of duty.

This year, the three honorees are: Master Sergeant Ramil Caporas PA, Team Supervisor/EOD Technician, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, Army Support Command, Philippine Army (Camp Servillano S. Aquino, Capas, Tarlac); Major Romulo Dimayuga II PN(M), Former Operations and Training Officer, Force Reconnaissance Group, Headquarters Philippine Marine Corps (Fort Bonifacio Taguig City); and Lieutenant Colonel John Paul Baldomar PA, Chief, Current Operations Branch, Internal Security Operations Division (ISOD), Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, J3, Armed Forces of the Philippines (Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City).

MARAWI’S LEAD EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL EXPERT

“My source of fulfillment as a soldier is when I can render safe or defuse a bomb without any harm, accomplish my mission to serve the people and secure the land, and go home to my family safe and sound,” expressed Caporas.

He was deployed in Marawi for the whole duration of the combat and led a team of explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) experts tasked to recover and dispose Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and Unexploded Ordnances (UXOs) during the five-month battle. Their expertise resulted in the recovery and proper disposal of over 1,000 IEDs, ensuring the safety of the troops inside the war zone.

Caporas was able to use raw materials available in the area to create an explosive, called “Bintana,” which was instrumental to the assaulting troops. The frame-like contraption was used to breach walls of buildings, which served as staging points of attack for government forces while under hostile enemy fire.

Outside high-risk operations, Caporas conducts IED Recognition and Safety Awareness trainings and Bomb Threat Management seminars.

PHILIPPINE NAVY’S SPECIAL OPERATIONS WARFIGHTER

“The sad side of being true to my sworn duty… Not being able to be with loved ones and losing them without us by their side because duty calls can be very painful. All of us soldiers have this strong commitment to this noble profession — others first before ourselves,” said Dimayuga as he remembered not being at his father’s side when he passed away.

His father, a former soldier, was nevertheless the key that triggered his passion for serving the country, and continues to be one of his strong motivations to create a difference in his own way.

In 2006, his leadership as a platoon commander of a Force Recon Platoon in Sulu was key to crippling the top leadership of the most notorious terrorist group in the country. Meanwhile, his stints as Intelligence Officer of Marine Battalion Landing Team-4 and Operations Officer of Marine Battalion Landing Team-12 from 2013 to 2014 and 2017 to 2018, respectively, marked his crucial role in the successful counter-communist insurgency operations against lawless groups in Northern Palawan. In 2014, Palawan was declared “Zone of Sustained Peace, Development and Prosperity.”

AFP’S COMMUNITY AND ORGANIZATIONAL TRANSFORMATION WARRIOR

“I believe this is my purpose: to serve others and fight for those who cannot defend themselves. Every time I go out to do my job, I always think that I am doing this so that my family and the Filipino people would peacefully sleep while I and the entire Armed Forces of the Philippines are standing on the line fighting for their safety.”

Baldomar’s heart for the people is best reflected in the initiative he spearheaded back in 2001, when he was assigned with Bravo Company, 37th Infantry Battalion, 6th Infantry Division, Philippine Army and subsequently became its Company Commander. In this capacity, he rallied his troop in responding to the plight of the 95 internally displaced Tiruray families at Sitio Kyamko (Hill 224), Barangay Maitumaig, Datu Unsay, Maguindanao.

Years after helping the tribe become a self-sufficient community, Baldomar together with a few volunteers helped in shaping the next breed of leaders of the AFP and the Philippine National Police (PNP) through the “Transforming Leaders Initiative,” a transformation initiative that was eventually adopted by the International Graduate School of Leadership to be part of its leadership program.

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On the occasion of Metrobank’s 57th anniversary, it honors another batch of exemplary teachers, soldiers and police officers. By fostering excellence and paying tribute to these professions, more Filipinos are encouraged to dream big and achieve more in life. Through the promise of meaningful banking, more dreams can turn into reality.


2019 METROBANK FOUNDATION OUTSTANDING FILIPINO AWARD FOR TEACHERS
STEPPING UP TO THE GAME AS TEACHER-INNOVATORS AND NATION-BUILDERS

By May Dedicatoria

Be it a doctor, artist or an engineer, no one becomes a fine professional without the tutelage of selfless teachers back in one’s youth. Being the children’s second parents, teachers are tasked to mold the students and help shape the society. In time for the celebration of National Teachers’ Month, four teachers who prove that teaching is a vital foundation in nation-building comprised this year’s Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos.

The four honorees in the academic sector are: Dorothy Tarol, Ph.D., Master Teacher II, Special Education-Integrated School for Exceptional Children (SPED-ISEC) (Iloilo City); Cristina Cristobal, Ph.D., Special Science Teacher 5, Philippine Science High School Main Campus (Quezon City); Ricardo Jose, Ph.D., Professor 12, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines Diliman (Quezon City); and Eva Maria Cutiongco-de la Paz, M.D., Professor 10, College of Medicine, University of the Philippines Manila (City of Manila).

WESTERN VISAYAS’ PARAGON OF INCLUSIVE EDUCATION

Iloilo-based teacher Tarol’s story reflects her solid stance on inclusive education. Progressively losing her hearing at 35, she has shifted her teaching career to cater to students with disabilities at the Special Education-Integrated School for Exceptional Students (SPED-ISEC) in Iloilo City.

She is best recognized for writing and implementing in 2011 an action research entitled Buddy-Mediated Instruction (BMI): Pivotal Strategy for Spelling and Social Skills for Students with Hearing Impairment, which aims to develop a student’s basic literacy skills. Tarol also advocates for equal career opportunities for persons with disabilities. In 2007, she co-founded an organization registered as the Association of Late-deafened, Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing for Education, Advocacy, Research and Support (ALDHEARS). She holds a Master Teacher II position at SPED-ISEC since 2015, and is a registered guidance counselor.

QUEZON CITY’S VETERAN INNOVATOR IN HISTORY INSTRUCTION

The legacy of Cristobal at the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) can be best captured by her initiative to inspire changes to the students’ perspective towards learning history. She introduced a teaching strategy that requires grade 7 learners to use primary sources in studying history.

The approach provides opportunities for students to analyze documents, review data and construct historical narratives firsthand — a deviation from the traditional learning through textbooks and memorization. Outside the system, Cristobal actively engages in providing teacher-training for Islamic teachers. Together with Ateneo de Davao University, she organized Buklod Guro, a program where best teaching practices of PSHS teachers are shared to madaris (Islamic schools) in several schools across Mindanao.

PHILIPPINES’ FOREMOST WORLD WAR II HISTORIAN

Jose, an acclaimed historian, has spent 40 years filling the gaps in the country’s past, more profoundly on the subjects of Philippine diplomatic history, Philippine military history, the Philippines under the US’ colonial rule, and the tie between the Philippines and Japan.

Tagged as the country’s foremost scholar on World War II in the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific, Jose has produced a body of work that serves as the foundational literature on the study of the Second World War. To many of Jose’s generations of students, he is often remembered as someone who would bring historical artifacts such as helmets, air raid sirens, and yellowing photographs during class discussions.

PHILIPPINES’ PRIME MOVER OF GENOMIC MEDICINE AND EDUCATION

De la Paz, a professor at UP Manila and executive director of the National Institutes of Health, has dedicated her 22 years in the teaching profession to a branch of biology concerned with the study of genes called genomics.

She has successfully led a special research project under the Commission on Higher Education – Philippine California Advanced Research Institutes (CHED-PCARI) — the newly inaugurated Shared Genomics Core Laboratory at the Philippine Genome Center in UP Diliman. This houses state-of-the-art genomic sequencing equipment that can significantly accelerate and expand discoveries run by Filipinos for their fellow Filipinos.

It is a valuable resource for higher educational institutions in their pursuit of higher learning and discovery, especially in the emerging fields of genomics to advance genomic medicine, to harness genomic information for food security and to better understand the genetic makeup of Filipinos.

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On the occasion of Metrobank’s 57th anniversary, it honors another batch of exemplary teachers, soldiers and police officers. By fostering excellence and paying tribute to these professions, more Filipinos are encouraged to dream big and achieve more in life. Through the promise of meaningful banking, more dreams can turn into reality.

DR. GEORGE S.K. TY POSTHUMOUSLY HONORED FOR HIS PHILANTHROPIC CONTRIBUTIONS BY THE SENATE. The members of the Senate of the Philippines unanimously adopted Senate Resolution Number 10 “Resolution Posthumously Honoring Dr. George S.K. Ty for his Philanthropic Contributions” on September 9. After his passing on November 23, 2018, Dr. Ty’s heart for community and lifelong mission to make a difference in the lives of Filipinos and contribute to nation-building through the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) are passed on to his family. Receiving the resolution from Senate president Tito Sotto and the rest of the senate members are: Dr. Ty’s wife Mary Vy Ty (9th from left), sons Arthur V. Ty (8th from left) and Alfred V. Ty (7th from left), and daughters Anjanette T. Dy-Buncio (6th from left) and Alesandra Ty (5th from left). Meanwhile, the House of Representatives similarly adopted House Resolution Number 10 “Resolution Honoring the Achievements and Contributions of Dr. George Siao Kian Ty, an Outstanding Filipino, Philanthropist, and Business Leader” on the same day.

The Senate of the Philippines commended this year’s Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos—comprised of four (4) teachers, three (soldiers), and three (3) police officers—in a plenary session held last September 9, 2019.

The 18th Congress passed adopted Senate Resolution Number 11 authored by Senator Sherwin “Win” T. Gatchalian, chairperson of the Final Board of Judges, Senator Joel Villanueva, Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, and Senator Panfilo Lacson. This resolution honors this year’s awardees for their contributions to society. Senator Gatchalian led the ceremonies. The Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos is a career-service award for Filipino exemplars in the academe, military, and police sectors.

A Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino is steered by the value of going “Beyond Excellence,” raising the bar of excellence in their respective fields. Their contributions speak of service beyond one’s self but to their sectors and in the larger community, inspiring their peers. Their service and community involvements have helped shape better communities and created a lasting positive impact upon the people.

Recipients of the 2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino Award for Teachers are: (1) Dorothy S. Tarol, Ph.D., Master Teacher II, Special Education-Integrated School for Exceptional Children (SPED-ISEC) (Iloilo City); (2) Cristina B. Cristobal, Ph.D., Special Science Teacher 5, Philippine Science High School Main Campus (Quezon City); (3) Ricardo T. Jose, Ph.D. Professor 12, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines (Quezon City); (4) Eva Maria C. Cutiongco-de la Paz, M.D., Professor 10, National Institutes of Health and College of Medicine, University of the Philippines Manila (City of Manila).

Recipients of the 2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino Award for Soldiers are: (5) Master Sergeant Ramil A. Caporas PA, Team Supervisor/ EOD Technician, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, Army Support Command, Philippine Army, Camp Servillano Aquino (Tarlac City); (6) Major Romulo G. Dimayuga II PN (M), Former Operations and Training Officer, Force Reconnaissance Group, Headquarters Philippine Marine Corps, Fort Bonifacio (Taguig City); (7) Lieutenant Colonel John Paul D. Baldomar PA, Chief, Current Operations Branch, Internal Security Operations Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Camp Aguinaldo (Quezon City).

Recipients of the 2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino Award for Police Officers are: (8) Police Chief Master Sergeant Marsha T. Agustin, RSW, Investigator/ Social Worker, Women and Children Protection Center, Philippine National Police Headquarters, Camp Crame (Quezon City); (9) Police Major Robert A. Reyes, Technical Support Officer, Counter Intelligence Task Force, Philippine National Police Headquarters, Camp Crame, Quezon City; (10) Police Colonel Edwin A. Quilates, Provincial Director, Batangas Police Provincial Office, Camp Miguel C. Malvar (Batangas City).

Delivering a message on behalf of the awardees, Dr. Cutiongco-de la Paz expressed, “One of life’s greatest privileges is to be able to serve using our God-given talents, not for personal gain but for public good. Each and every awardee of the Metrobank Foundation outstanding teachers, outstanding police officers and outstanding military men knew his purpose in life, gave his utmost best and started something that will impact the future generations.”

Dr. Cutiongco-de la Paz, Philippines’ Prime Mover of Genomic Medicine and Education, has dedicated her 22 years in the teaching profession to genomics, a branch of biology concerned with the study of genes. She, along with her colleague Dr. Carmencita Padilla, established a Clinical Genetics Fellowship Program, the first and only one of its kind teaching and training program in the subspecialty of Genetics in the country. She is also currently part of an international team of experts with an extraordinary mission to advance the understanding and ability to treat X-Linked Dystonia Parkinsonism or XDP.

Dubbed as Marawi’s Lead Explosive Ordnance Disposal Expert, MSgt. Caporas has safeguarded communities from bomb threats throughout his two-decade career in ordnance service. He was deployed in Marawi for the whole duration of the siege. He led a team of explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) experts tasked to recover and dispose Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and Unexploded Ordnances (UXOs) during the five-month battle. In one high-risk operation, he was able to use raw materials available in the area to create an explosive, called “Bintana”, instrumental to the assaulting troops.

P/CMSgt. Agustin, Camp Crame’s Anti-Human Trafficking Crusader, is a licensed social worker who found her calling in the police force, particularly at the Women and Children Protection Center (WCPC) of Camp Crame. With her lead, WCPC has adopted an interviewing technique, dubbed as the “Social Worker-Police Investigative Technique in Handling Cases Involving Women and Children Victims.” She also co-authored the Standard Operating Procedures Manual being widely used by the PNP when handling Trafficking in Persons (TIP) cases. This aligns with the new provisions of the Republic Act No. 10364 known as the “Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.”

The awardees were selected by the esteemed members of the Final Board of Judges chaired by Senator Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian and co-chaired by Supreme Court of the Philippines associate justice Alexander Gesmundo. The members include: Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development secretary and Task Force Bangon Marawi chairman Eduardo Del Rosario; University of Asia & the Pacific president Dr. Winston Conrad Padojinog; Military Ordinariate of the Philippines bishop Most Reverend Oscar Jaime Florencio, D.D; PHINMA Corporation president and chief executive officer and Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) chairman Ramon Del Rosario, Jr.; Tan Yan Kee Foundation, Inc. treasurer Jaime Bautista; Management Association of the Philippines president and Sun Life Financial Philippine Holding Company chairman Rizalina Mantaring; and GMA Network, Inc. vice president for professional development and broadcast journalist Horacio “Howie” Severino.

Each awardee received a cash prize of PhP 1 million each (net of tax), a golden medallion, and “The Flame” trophy during the formal conferment ceremonies held on September 4 at the Metrobank Plaza in Makati City as part of Metrobank’s 57th anniversary celebration.

“More than 23 years ago, I sat down with a man who had a vision. He shared ideas of what the future could look like, imagining a society where people were enabled to pursue noble dreams and aspirations. We toasted over tea, and I came onboard in a position that gave me a vantage view of how a visionary realizes a better world, one project after another.”

These were the opening lines of the winning tribute delivered by Aniceto Sobrepeña, president of Metrobank Foundation, to Dr. George S.K. Ty.

During the memorial service on Nov. 25, 2018, he described Ty’s passion and drive to enable others to reach their potentials. The founder of the Metrobank Group of Companies established the Metrobank Foundation in 1979 as the corporate social responsibility arm of his conglomerate.

Ty shared his resources to implement programs that uplifted the quality of life across the country. He believed in giving others a chance to be great by giving them an opportunity. Sobrepeña talked about Ty’s philanthropic legacy, which he felt should be made known to a wider audience. His tribute was consequently published in print and social media.

The positive feedback received from the public prompted the Metrobank Foundation to submit the eulogy as an entry to The Philippine Quill Awards. “Good Night, Mr. George Ty. I’ll See You in the Morning,” bagged the Quill Professional Excellence Award in the 17th Philippine Quill Awards last Aug. 30.

Sobrepeña spoke of Dr. Ty’s generosity and passion to help others through the Metrobank Foundation’s programs and projects that address needs of various sectors of Philippine society, while also intending for them to move forward and reach for their goals.

The intent of the eulogy was to honor Ty by communicating the Metrobank founder’s benevolent initiatives benefitting marginalized and disadvantaged Filipinos through the work of the Metrobank Foundation, highlighting Ty’s vision, values, and contribution to society. The eulogy was intended to reach and connect to a wide audience through Sobrepeña’s memories of Ty. It encouraged others who knew Ty to reminisce their own moments with him.

It provided the public a glimpse of Ty as a person and as a superior. Sobrepeña worked with Ty for more than 20 years, in what he describes as nation building from the ground up.

His tribute aspired to make known Ty’s generosity of spirit, inspire others by his life and works, and convey the Metrobank Foundation’s programs and initiatives contributing to the lives of their target beneficiaries.

The speech was not just about the good Ty had done, but highlighted his philanthropy as the expression of the meaningful life he chose to live. The tribute conveyed Sobrepeña’s close personal and professional relationship with Ty, allowing the public a glimpse into Ty’s person not widely known outside his circle. He described their morning teatime as occasion to discuss current events, their work and their families.

Many in the audience who heard the eulogy shared how the Metrobank founder motivated them to give back to the community following their own successes. Beneficiaries of Ty’s philanthropic endeavors also expressed gratitude for the Metrobank Foundation’s programs which Ty conceived. His philanthropic legacy prospers in the hearts of those he helped and inspired. Heightened awareness of his advocacies honors not just his life and works but promotes generosity for the benefit of one’s fellowmen.

The excellence award received by Sobrepeña for his tribute to Ty is a timely recognition for the late Metrobank Group chairman whose birth anniversary falls on Sept. 5.

The article was originally published on the Sept. 4 issue of The Philippine Star.

The 2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos were awarded in a ceremony held on September 4, 2019 at the Metrobank Plaza Auditorium, Makati City. As one of the highlights of Metrobank’s 57th anniversary celebration, 4 teachers, 3 soldiers, and 3 police officers were each conferred with a gold medallion, “The Flame” trophy, and P1 million (net of tax) cash prize.

Metrobank chairman Arthur Ty, together with Metrobank Foundation (MBFI) trustee and Federal Land Chairman Alfred Ty, Metrobank president Fabian Dee, and MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña led the awarding ceremonies. Distinguished officials from the government, business, civil society, academe, and diplomatic community graced the event. Speaker of the House of Representatives Alan Peter Cayetano delivered the key note address as the Guest of Honor.

A Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino is steered by the value of “Beyond Excellence”, raising the bar of excellence in their respective fields. Their contributions speak of service beyond one’s self but to their sectors and in the larger community, inspiring their peers. Their service and community involvements have helped shape better communities and created a lasting positive impact upon the people.

Recipients of the 2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino Award for Teachers are : (1) Dorothy S. Tarol, Ph.D., Master Teacher II, Special Education-Integrated School for Exceptional Children (Iloilo City); (2) Cristina B. Cristobal, Ph.D., Special Science Teacher 5, Philippine Science High School Main Campus (Quezon City); (3) Ricardo T. Jose, Ph.D. Professor 12, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines Diliman (Quezon City); and (4) Eva Maria C. Cutiongco-Dela Paz, M.D., Professor 10, College of Medicine, University of the Philippines Manila (City of Manila).

Recipients of the 2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino Award for Soldiers are: (5) Master Sergeant Ramil A. Caporas PA, Team Supervisor/ EOD Technician, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, Army Support Command, Philippine Army, Camp Servillano S. Aquino (Tarlac City); (6) Major Romulo G. Dimayuga II PN (M), Operations and Training Officer, Force Reconnaissance Group (formerly Marine Special Operations Group), Headquarters Philippine Marine Corps, Fort Bonifacio (Taguig City); and (7) Lieutenant Colonel John Paul D. Baldomar PA, Chief, Current Operations Branch, Internal Security Operations Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo (Quezon City).

Recipients of the 2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino Award for Police Officers are: (8) Police Chief Master Sergeant Marsha T. Agustin, RSW, Investigator/ Social Worker, Women and Children Protection Center, Philippine National Police Headquarters, Camp Brigadier General Rafael T. Crame, (Quezon City); (9) Police Major Robert A. Reyes, Technical Support Officer, Counter Intelligence Task Force, Philippine National Police Headquarters, Camp Brigadier General Rafael T. Crame (Quezon City); and (10) Police Colonel Edwin A. Quilates, Provincial Director, Batangas Police Provincial Office, Camp Miguel C. Malvar (Batangas City).

Delivering a response on behalf of the awardees, Lt. Col. Baldomar said “there is no higher calling than to serve our country in any capacity that we can. There is nothing more fulfilling than to see the impact of our service in the lives of others. Sometimes we are called upon to serve our country in ways we didn’t expect. But we do our job beyond excellence because our country is worthy of our excellence.”

Lt. Col. Baldomar, AFP’s Community and Organizational Transformation Warrior, was assigned in 2001 with Bravo Company, 37th Infantry Battalion, 6th Infantry Division, Philippine Army and subsequently became its Company Commander. In this capacity, he rallied his troop in responding to the plight of the 95 internally displaced Tiruray families at Sitio Kyamko (Hill 224), Barangay Maitumaig, Datu Unsay, Maguindanao.

In 2014, he was designated as Chief of the Strategic Communications Branch under the AFP’s Office for Strategic Studies and Strategy Management. He, together with the team, steered the development and implementation of the AFP Transformation Roadmap strategic communication plan called “Horizon 1”.

The legacy of Dr. Cristobal, Quezon City’s Veteran Innovator in History Instruction, in the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) can be best captured by her initiative to inspire changes to the students’ perspective towards learning history. She introduced a teaching strategy that requires grade 7 learners to use primary sources in studying history.

Outside the system, Dr. Cristobal actively engages in providing teacher-training for Islamic teachers. Together with Ateneo de Davao University, she organized “Buklod Guro”, a program where best teaching practices of PSHS teachers are shared to madaris (Islamic schools) in several schools across Mindanao.

P/Col. Quilates, Batangas’ Vaguard of Public Safety, paved the way for the launch of Oplan Iron Curtain, colloquially known as ‘lockdown’, in 2018. Premised on unified command and coordination, this approach is hailed as best practice, and is key to the successful arrests of notorious criminals, resulting to lower crime rate in the province and in the entire CALABARZON region.

Wearing his hats as both officer and legal practitioner, he initiated the Agapay Kabayan campaign which involves community extension programs that aim to provide indigent communities’ basic needs as well as make legal assistance available to the public, among others.

The awardees underwent a rigorous selection process and were chosen from hundreds of nominations. A Board of Assessors, composed of members from the government, academe, military, and NGO sectors, identified semi-finalists through a review of documents submitted. Eighteen (18) finalists were chosen whose accomplishments in service and community underwent the field validation process spearheaded by third-party organizations-the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC) and the Career Executive Service Board (CESB). This process verified the significant contributions of the finalists to their respective fields and communities of influence.

The 19 finalists were interviewed by a multi-sectoral Final Board of Judges chaired by Senator Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian and co-chaired by Supreme Court of the Philippines associate justice Alexander Gesmundo. The members include: Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development secretary and Task Force Bangon Marawi chairman Eduardo Del Rosario; University of Asia & the Pacific president Dr. Winston Conrad Padojinog; Military Ordinariate of the Philippines bishop Most Reverend Oscar Jaime Florencio, D.D; PHINMA Corporation president and vice chairman and Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) chairman Ramon Del Rosario, Jr.; Tan Yan Kee Foundation, Inc. treasurer Jaime Bautista; Management Association of the Philippines president and Sun Life Financial Philippine Holding Company chairman Rizalina Mantaring; and GMA Network, Inc. vice president for professional development and broadcast journalist Horacio “Howie” Severino.

Since 1985, the Metrobank Foundation has honored a total of 665 Outstanding Filipinos. The program is held in partnership with the Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, PSBank, Rotary Club of Makati Metro, and the Rotary Club of New Manila East.


WELCOME REMARKS
2019 ANNIVERSARY GRANTS TURNOVER

MR. ANICETO M. SOBREPEÑA
4 SEPTEMBER 2019, 11:00AM
Metrobank Plaza Auditorium

Ladies and gentlemen, good morning! First of all, allow me to express how delighted i am to see all of you here today. I see new faces as well as familiar ones. Seeing representatives from various sectors coming together for a common cause always inspires hope, specially for those of us in the development sector.

We are blessed in many ways and what we are doing here is sharing – all of us, and not just those that provide grants. We are sharing our time, talent, and resources so that our less fortunate brothers and sisters may improve their quality of life and be given a shot to attain their greatest potential.

Talk of sharing always calls to mind our late metrobank group chairman, dr. George s.k. ty, due to his overflowing generosity. Dr. Ty was a business leader, an art patron, a family man. This morning, we remember him as a philanthropist. As such, when we talk about dr. Ty and his legacy, we don’t only commemorate his passing but the kind of life he lived and the values he passed down to his family, the metrobank group and gt capital holdings. On that note, allow me to share with you this short tribute of our late group chairman.

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Dr. Ty once said and i quote:

Sharing is the clearest manifestation of gratitude. It is a message of thanks spoken in the deepest language of the human heart.

It is with this generosity that Dr. Ty founded Metrobank Foundation (MBFI) in 1979, sixteen (16) years after he built Metrobank in 1962. It is the foundation responsible for acknowledging the efforts of our heroes in the academe, the military, and the police force through its search for Outstanding Filipinos. It is the same foundation together with partners like yourselves, that is responsible for giving teachers proper recognition through its nationwide celebration of the National Teachers’ Month. Of course, MBFI is the same foundation that has been recognizing the talent and hard work of young Filipino artists since 1984 through its visual arts and design program, the Metrobank Art & Design Excellence. Aside from these programs, MBFI also contributes to development through grants in the areas of health, education, arts, and livelihood (heal).

Contributions to these areas, along with the aforementioned notable programs, are testaments to Dr. Ty’s generosity of spirit. Mr. Arthur Ty, his eldest son, said it best in his message during the MBFI 40th Anniversary, “the work we do at the Metrobank Foundation is a reflection of Dr. Ty’s enduring legacy to make a difference in the lives of the citizenry and contribute to nation building.” Anyone who has achieved this much can spend the rest of his days enjoying his blessings, finding comfort in the idea that he has contributed back to society just as much. But just like this year’s Metrobank Foundation anniversary theme “Puso at Sigasig”, Dr. Ty has heart and zeal that refuse to rest knowing there is always room for growth and knowing he can help more.

Not known to many, Dr. Ty also put up his family foundation, GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI). Since its inception back in October of 2009, the foundation has silently pursued the philanthropic initiatives of the family in the areas of health, environment, and education. Taken together, these grant priority areas result in the acronym “heed,” which is very fitting as GTFI aims to respond to the needs of the underprivileged and hope to pave ways for a better and brighter future.

In addition to grants, GTFI also supports projects that perpetuate the legacy of the Ty family primarily through infrastructure development. These projects cut across the foundation’s priority areas, helping fund the construction and equipping of school buildings, classrooms, laboratories and the like, for education; barangay health stations and maternity waiting homes, for health.

A few years back, when asked to talk about his accomplishments with respect to putting up a bank at the very young age of 29 with hardly any experience in the industry, Dr. Ty compared himself to “an ant that moves a mountain.” He said ‘we have stories in Chinese about an ant that moves a mountain. Actually, it is not just one ant; it’s a group, thousand of ants that moved the mountain. In my particular case, i was just one small ant.”

The analogy he made himself, however, was to the spirit of a singular ant. “i have the spirit of an ant. Ants work together: they never give up. I have a very good people and we are working together to move more mountains.”

Throughout his journey to success, Dr. Ty found partners who also shared a vision for nation building. Among them was the late President Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino who served as Metrobank foundation’s chairman of the board of advisers from the time she stepped down from the presidency in 1992, up to the time of her death. We specifically remember today our beloved Tita Cory whose 10th death anniversary we just commemorated last August.

This is the very essence of today’s event – partnerships. As our two foundations mature, MBFI and GTFI try to explore ways to make our projects more strategic in generating the desired impacts. We want to be able to determine if our efforts in fact contribute to nation building, and in what way. In order to do this, we rely on you, our partners and stakeholders. If we are to succeed, we need your commitment, not just to carry out project deliverables, but to provide relevant solutions to stakeholder needs; to assess the undertaking; and make sure the next one is even more meaningful and impactful. As we propagate a culture of excellence, we need partners like you who share the same mindset. Today’s ceremonies therefore, allow us to express our trust in your capabilities in turning our shared vision into reality.

With these directions, Dr. Ty will surely find peace knowing that the values he championed endure, and his legacy lives on, thanks to our concerted efforts.

Thank you once again, and welcome to the 2019 Anniversary Grants Turnover Ceremony in celebration of Metrobank’s 57th Anniversary.

Have a pleasant morning.

At the heart of every nation-building endeavor are exemplary public servants who respond to the call for collective action and render service above and beyond their call of duty.

They are the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos: models of excellence in the academic, security, and peace and order sectors. They are the country’s educators, peacekeepers, and defenders who are beckoned to serve, heedless of reward or distinction. Instead, they derive meaning in being a person for others.

This year, Metrobank, through the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), awards yet another batch of Outstanding Filipinos—four teachers, three soldiers, and three police officers—who embody the words “Beyond Excellence” and whose meaningful work raise the bar of excellence in their fields. They join the ranks of 665 outstanding public servants recognized since 1985.

Each awardee received a cash prize of PhP 1 million, a gold medallion, and “The Flame” trophy during the formal conferment ceremonies held on September 4, 2019 at the Metrobank Plaza auditorium in Makati City as part of Metrobank’s 57th anniversary celebration.

Western Visayas’ Paragon of Inclusive Education

Iloilo-based teacher Dr. Dorothy S. Tarol’s story reflects her solid stance on inclusive education. Progressively losing her hearing at 35, Dr. Tarol has shifted her teaching career to cater to students with disabilities at the Special Education-Integrated School for Exceptional Children (SPED-ISEC) in Iloilo City.

She is best recognized for writing and implementing in 2011 an action research entitled “Buddy-Mediated Instruction (BMI): Pivotal Strategy for Spelling and Social Skills for Students with Hearing Impairment” which aims to develop a student’s basic literacy skills.

Dr. Tarol also advocates for equal career opportunities for persons with disabilities. In 2007, she co-founded an organization registered as the Association of Late-deafened, Deaf, and Hard-of-Hearing for Education, Advocacy, Research and Support (ALDHEARS). Dr. Tarol holds a Master Teacher II position at SPED-ISEC since 2015, and is a registered guidance counselor.

Quezon City’s Veteran Innovator on History Instruction

The legacy of Dr. Cristina B. Cristobal, Special Science Teacher 5, in the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) can be best captured by her initiative to inspire changes to the students’ perspective towards learning history. She introduced a teaching strategy that requires grade 7 learners to use primary sources in studying history.

The approach provides opportunities for students to analyze documents, review data and construct historical narratives firsthand—a deviation from the traditional learning through textbooks and memorization.

Outside the system, Dr. Cristobal actively engages in providing teacher-training for Islamic teachers. Together with Ateneo de Davao University, she organized “Buklod Guro,” a program where best teaching practices of PSHS teachers are shared to madaris (Islamic schools) in several schools across Mindanao.

Philippines’ Foremost World War II Historian

Acclaimed historian Dr. Ricardo T. Jose, currently a Professor 12 at University of the Philippines Diliman, has spent 40 years filling the gaps in the country’s past, more profoundly on the subjects of Philippine diplomatic history, Philippine military history, the Philippines under United States of America’s (USA) colonial rule, and the tie between the Philippines and Japan.

Tagged as the country’s foremost scholar on World War II in the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific, Dr. Jose has produced a body of work that serves as the foundational literature on the study of the Second World War.

To many of Dr. Jose’s generations of students, he is often remembered as someone who would bring historical artifacts such as helmets, air raid sirens, and yellowing photographs during class discussions.

Philippines’ Prime Mover of Genomic Medicine and Education

Dr. Eva Maria C. Cutiongco-de la Paz, Professor 10 of the College of Medicine, UP Manila and Executive Director of the National Institutes of Health, has dedicated her 22 years in the teaching profession to a branch of biology concerned with the study of genes called genomics.

She, along with her colleague Dr. Carmencita Padilla, established a Clinical Genetics Fellowship Program, the first and only one of its kind teaching and training program in the subspecialty of Genetics in the country. As the first training officer, she was able to lay the groundwork in equipping Filipino clinicians and researchers about the role of genetics in health and disease.

Further, she is currently part of an international team of experts with an extraordinary mission to advance the understanding and ability to treat X-Linked Dystonia Parkinsonism or XDPa brain condition causing involuntary movements of the body (dystonia) combined with parkinsonism, primarily afflicting some Filipino males born to mothers who come from the Panay Group of Islands.

Marawi’s Lead Explosive Ordnance Disposal Expert

The two-decade career in ordnance service of explosives expert MSgt. Ramil A. Caporas PA involves safeguarding communities from bomb threats.

He was deployed in Marawi for the whole duration of the siege. He led a team of explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) experts tasked to recover and dispose Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and Unexploded Ordnances (UXOs) during the five-month battle. In one high-risk operation, he was able to use raw materials available in the area to create an explosive, called “Bintana,” instrumental to the assaulting troops.

Msgt. Caporas’ aim to equip citizens with the right knowledge to handle threats involving bombs and other explosive devices led him to conduct several IED Recognition and Safety Awareness training’s and Bomb Threat Management seminars.

Philippine Navy’s Special Operations Warfighter

Nineteen years into the military service, Maj. Romulo G. Dimayuga II has held a number of key positions as a Marine officer and has rendered game-changing contributions to the military.

His stints as Intelligence Officer of Marine Battalion Landing Team-4 and Operations Officer of Marine Battalion Landing Team-12 marked his crucial role in the successful counter-communist insurgency operations against armed lawless groups in Northern Palawan. These efforts have contributed to the declaration of Palawan province as a “Zone of Sustained Peace, Development, and Prosperity” in 2014.

Inside his institution, Maj. Dimayuga led the standardization of training programs that aims to improve the combat effectiveness of the Force Reconnaissance Group, Philippine Marine Corps’ elite unit, and the Marine Battalion Landing Team-12’s Scout Sniper Squad.

AFP’s Community and Organizational Transformation Warrior

Lt. Col. John Paul D. Baldomar’s 22 years of service in the military is best summed up by these words: a heart that puts the nation and its people first.

In 2001, he was assigned with Bravo Company, 37th Infantry Battalion, 6th Infantry Division, Philippine Army and subsequently became its Company Commander. In this capacity, he rallied his troop in responding to the plight of the 95 internally displaced Tiruray families at Sitio Kyamko (Hill 224), Barangay Maitumaig, Datu Unsay, Maguindanao.

Years later, Lt. Col. Baldomar became part of the transformation journey of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). In 2014, he was designated as Chief of the Strategic Communications Branch under the AFP’s Office for Strategic Studies and Strategy Management. He, together with the team, steered the development and implementation of the AFP Transformation Roadmap strategic communication plan called “Horizon 1.”

Camp Crame’s Anti-Human Trafficking Crusader

A licensed social worker, P/CMSgt. Marsha T. Agustin’s legacy in the police force, particularly at the Women and Children Protection Center (WCPC) of Camp Crame, involves the union of police and social work.

With her lead, WCPC has adopted an interviewing technique, dubbed as the “Social Worker-Police Investigative Technique in Handling Cases Involving Women and Children Victims.” She also co-authored the Standard Operating Procedures Manual being widely used by the PNP when handling Trafficking in Persons (TIP) cases. This aligns with the new provisions of the Republic Act No. 10364 known as the “Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.”

PNP’s Premier Cyber Cop

With illegal activities pervading the cyber space, cybercrime is the area that P/Maj. Robert A. Reyes intends to bring to fore. His career accomplishments can be traced back to his being a pioneer of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Anti-Cybercrime Group in 2013, born out of the Republic Act 10175 “Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.” He helped develop the unit’s operational and administrative manual outlining the guidelines or protocols for cybercrime investigation.

His expertise was key to the arrest of a notorious outlaw considered the No. 1 hacker in Korea by the Korean National Police Agency in 2011 and was included in Interpol’s Wanted List.

As one of PNP’s most sought-after lecturers when it comes to cybercrime investigation, P/Maj. Reyes strives to raise awareness among his peers on the proliferation of cybercrimes and the role of the local force to combat this so-called crime without borders.

Batangas’ Vanguard of Public Safety

P/Col. Edwin A. Quilates believes that his badge stands for his oath to channel all his energies into combating crime in all its forms.

Currently the Provincial Director of the Batangas Police Provincial Office, P/Col. Quilates’ mission to make the province crime-free paved the way for the launch of Oplan Iron Curtain, colloquially known as lockdown, in 2018. Premised on unified command and coordination, this approach is hailed as best practice, and is key to the successful arrests of notorious criminals, resulting to lower crime rate in the province and in the entire CALABARZON region.

P/Col. Quilates is also a lawyer. Wearing his hats as both officer and legal practitioner, he initiated the Agapay Kabayan campaign which involves community extension programs that aim to provide indigent communities’ basic needs as well as make legal assistance available to the public, among others.

Our 10 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos demonstrate that the opportunities to serve abound; each one, regardless of sector, is beckoned to live up to their definition of service for the nation. #


WELCOME REMARKS
ARTHUR V. TY

Chairman, Metrobank & Metrobank Foundation
Conferment Ceremonies for 2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos
September 4, 2019, Metrobank Plaza Auditorium


Honorable Speaker of the House Alan Peter Cayetano
Members of the final board of judges chaired by senator sherwiin gatchalian and co-chaired by associate justice alexander gesmundo;
Members of the cabinet, judiciary, and diplomatic community;
Colleagues from the business sector;
Friends from the media;
Valued clients and partners;
Friends, ladies and gentlemen;

Good evening and welcome to the conferment ceremonies of the 2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos.

I’d like to begin by thanking you all for coming tonight. It is always such a great honor to see so many distinguised leaders and public servants gathered in one auditorium. This evening, we present to you 10 Outstanding Filipinos who exemplify the best in our people.

We have been looking forward to this event every year, not only to celebrate the lives and works of our awardees; but more importantly, to voice our conviction that nothing creates more hope and impact to nation-building than the heart and zeal of many ordinary Filipinos who go extraordinary lengths for the country’s greater good. Guided by the philanthropic vision of our late founder, Dr. George S.K. Ty, we believe that they deserve nothing less than great achievement for all their great sacrifices in the name of public service.

It is also worth mentioning that it is not a random coincidence, but a deliberate choice, to have this conferment ceremony fall within the bank’s week-long anniversary festivities—our 57th year anniversary, to date. Honoring these unsung heroes on the same day we commemorate the founding of Metrobank is our way of putting forward the values that the bank stands for. Our Outstanding Filipinos embody what it truly takes to serve and keep our fellow Filipinos in good hands, wherever they are and whatever their needs may be.

To our awardees, I say congratulations, and welcome to the growing Metrobank family. The ten of you have stood out from the rest.

Nominations came in from different regions of the country—from various schools, military infantries, and police units large and small, famous and obscure. The decision was difficult, as you can imagine. We have never seen such an impressive pool of nominees. But you have made the cut, and we applaud the passion and perseverance you have demonstrated in all that you have accomplished. You now join the 655 Outstanding Filipinos who have likewise pledged their lives and continue to work towards building the nation.

With this award on your sleeve, I challenge and remind you that some of your hardest work are yet ahead. We hope that you seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as a springboard to more remarkable contributions to your community.

I would like to end by thanking everyone who has made this program a tremendous success. Thank you to our institutional and program partners, the board of assessors, the members of the final board of judges, and Metrobank Foundation officers and staff, for doing the difficult work behind the scenes. All of you have done such great work.

Lastly, I thank all of you, our guests, for joining us in this evening of celebration. We have much to be grateful for—the bank’s continuous growth, our loyal customers, and most notably, the presence of likeminded individuals like you who share our belief in the potential of the Filipino people.

Cheers to more years of building the nation together. Thank you and please enjoy the rest of the evening.

In celebration of its 57th anniversary, the Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company (Metrobank), through its corporate social responsibility arm—Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) and the Ty family foundation—GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), awarded PhP35 million worth of development grants to 40 socio-civic organizations during the annual Anniversary Grants Turnover Ceremony on September 4, 2019 at the Metrobank Plaza Auditorium in Makati City.

The turnover ceremonies were led by Metrobank and MBFI chairman Arthur Ty, MBFI trustee and GTFI president Alfred Ty joined by MBFI president and GTFI executive director Aniceto Sobrepeña. Serving as guest of honor is City of Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.

The Grants and Social Development Partnerships program of MBFI aims to contribute significant and sustainable solutions to the country’s social development challenges and help in raising the quality of life of the poorest, most vulnerable, and underserved sectors of society. A framework to achieve a more strategic and responsive approach in addressing development concerns in the areas of heal, education, arts, and livelihood (HEAL) has been institutionalized as a response to the global call in the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Since its inception in 2009, GTFI, on the other hand, implements strategic development programs that empower communities, primarily in the sectors of Health, Environment, and Education (HEED).

“This is the very essence of today’s event–partnerships. As our two foundations mature, MBFI and GTFI try to explore ways to make our projects more strategic in generating the desired impacts. We want to be able to determine if our efforts in fact contribute to nation-building, and in what way.” expressed Sobrepeña in his message. “In order to do this, we rely on you, our partners and stakeholders. If we are to succeed, we need your commitment, not just to carry out project deliverables, but to provide relevant solutions to stakeholder needs; to assess the undertaking; and make sure the next one is even more meaningful and impactful,” he continued.

Heeding the Call for Healthier Communities

Among the beneficiaries under the health thrust is the PGH Medical Foundation, Inc. established to assist the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in achieving its mission to provide excellent healthcare to indigents. As the premier government hospital, more than half a million patients are served annually, 98% of whom are indigent.

GTFI sustains partnership with Plan International, on the other hand, for the construction of three (3) barangay health stations with birthing facilities in Western Samar and Maguindanao aimed at improving the access to health services of at least 10,000 individuals. Plan International, as a humanitarian and child development organization, advances children’s rights to education, protection, health care and a high quality of life.

Providing Access to Quality Education for the Marginalized

Beneficiaries for the thrust on education include Children of Asia—a child caring institution that provides educational opportunities to the underprivileged children in the slums of Cebu City. MBFI, through an educational sponsorship program, is supporting 11 ninth grade students in Alegria, Cebu as they complete junior high school and prepare for senior high school.

GTFI, for its part, aims to equip out-of-school youth and other marginalized students with skills that will help them gain immediate employment under its Scholarships for Technical-Vocation Education (STEP) program. Over the years, GTFI has been supporting scholars from some of the best technical-vocational education and training schools in the country with industry tie-ups for guaranteed employment.

To elevate interventions in catering to this sector, 3 institutional partners were added. These include: Don Bosco Academy of Pampanga for the improvement of their technical-vocational facilities; FPTI-Habihan School to support the 24-month technical-vocational education of 15 women; and MFI Polytechnic Institute to support 25 students enrolled under its Automation and Mechatronics Technology course—a 2 year technical training under the Dual Training System. The partnership with Toyota Motor Philippines School of Technology (TMP Tech) continues, through which full scholarship grants for select students under the 2-year General Job Automotive Servicing Course.

Supporting Art Causes

For the art thrust, MBFI supports ArtPsyche Circle for its project “Pahingalayan ng mga Bayani,” a creative retreat series composed of 6 half-day art therapy sessions to benefit soldiers-wounded-in-action undergoing medication and healing process at V.Luna Hospital in Quezon City.

Another organization supported is the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS Philippines) for the implementation of a 5-day course on photogrammetry¾a low-cost method of 3D documentation where the input is a photograph and the output is a 3D image. This will address the shortage of trained documentation professionals in this field.

Livelihood Opportunities for those at the Margins

MBFI endeavors to provide individuals and communities with sustainable livelihood opportunities.

One of the beneficiary organizations under its livelihood thrust is the MicroVentures Foundation (HAPINOY), a social enterprise organization. MBFI supports its Samahang Pinoy “Business Friends Forever” program. Sari-sari store owners are organized into a local peer support network serving as venues to learn from each other’s business experiences and help each other in addressing challenges faced by thriving micro-entrepreneurs.

Development grants were also extended to the World Surgical Foundation, International Bazaar Foundation, DFA Ladies Foundation, Du30 Cabinet Spouses Association, Congressional Spouses Foundation, Senate Spouses Foundation, and the Philippine Red Cross.

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