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Metrobank Foundation President Aniceto Sobrepeña (rightmost) and Department of Education (DepEd) Curriculum and Instruction Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio (leftmost) confer the Metrobank Foundation Fellows in Public Service title to 2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino Teachers Dr. Cristina Cristobal (second to the left) and Dr. Dorothy Tarol last Feb. 12 at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, DepEd Complex, Pasig City.

Newly conferred Metrobank Foundation Fellows in Public Service proposed to restore Philippine History in the high school curriculum and mainstream inclusive instruction to Department of Education (DepEd) officials and members of the academe last February 12 at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, DepEd Complex, Pasig City.

Veteran history teacher and 2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino Dr. Cristina Cristobal presented the need to revive Philippine History in high school, a subject previously removed by DepEd in the K-12 program. She also proposed the inclusion of teaching Philippine Government and Constitution for a school year, a bid she successfully pushed for in the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) System’s social science curriculum.

“Many of our students lack affection for history because of the traditional method that is used, but perhaps there is a way to love history. We’re not only teaching them facts, we want them to become critical thinkers,” said Dr. Cristobal.

The legacy of Dr. Cristobal, Quezon City’s Veteran Innovator in History Instruction, in PSHS can be best captured by her initiative to inspire changes to the students’ perspective towards learning history. She believes exposing students to primary sources provides evidence-based approach to learning.

Another 2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino and special education teacher Dr. Dorothy Tarol, meanwhile, proposed the mainstreaming of her action research on inclusive instruction nationwide. Entitled “Buddy-Mediated Instruction (BMI): Pivotal Strategy for Spelling and Social Skills for Students with Hearing Impairment,” the study aims to develop a student’s basic literacy skills through pairing of two “buddies” who engage in learner initiated-activities.

According to Dr. Tarol, she hopes to “help teachers by sharing information about evidence-based instructional strategy for struggling readers by creating reading literacy experiences relevant to students’ interests, everyday life and to current environmental events.” BMI, as an instructional strategy, also became a benchmark model in DepEd Divisions of Iloilo and Iloilo City and was already replicated by around 178 schools.

Dubbed as Western Visayas’ Paragon of Inclusive Education, Dr. Tarol has shifted her teaching career to cater to students with disabilities at the Special Education-Integrated School for Exceptional Children in Iloilo City. She has since devoted her life’s work onto shaping an environment conducive for learners of all kinds.

Both proposals were deliberated in a roundtable discussion with Curriculum and Instruction Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio, Assistant Secretary Alma Ruby Torio and officers from the DepEd Bureau of Education Assessment, Alternative Learning System Program Task Force, National Educator’s Academy of the Philippines, National Historical Commission of the Philippines, Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines and PSHS.

Through the Metrobank Foundation Fellowship in Public Service, professional milestones and personal life stories of the awardees are brought to the fore. Achievements that result to positive change and innovations that address major societal concerns are highlighted and widely shared.

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) was recognized as “Philanthropic Foundation of the Year” (Profiles in Excellence Award) during the 72nd anniversary celebration of the American Association of the Philippines (AAP) on February 29, 2020 at the Manila Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel Manila in Pasay City.

Photo shows MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña (center) accepting the recognition from AAP chairman Rick Sobreviñas (6th from right) joined by wife Anna Sobrepeña (6th from left); Metrobank executive vice president Vivian Lee-Tiu (3rd from left); Metrobank senior vice president Digs Dimagiba (3rd from right); Metrobank vice president and MBFI executive committee member Joey Mapa III (5th from right); Metrobank assistant vice president Zarah Hernandez (4th from left), and MBFI assistant executive director Irene Labitad (4th from right).

AAP has always been in the forefront of American-Filipino relations for over half a century. It has established strong ties with the expat American community, returning Filipino-Americans who resettled back in the country, and the Philippine government. It continues to recognize the achievements and accomplishments of its members and key business and community leaders who are making a difference globally.

Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) president Aniceto Sobrepeña (3rd from right), together with MBFI assistant executive director Irene Labitad (2nd from left), and MBFI Unit heads present the Anvil trophies earned during the awarding ceremony.

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) took home the Hall of Fame Award including one (1) Gold Anvil and three (3) Silver Anvil at the recent 55th Anvil Awards held on February 28, 2020 at The Manila Hotel, One Rizal Park, City of Manila.

Considered as the Oscars of public relations industry in the Philippines, the Anvil is the symbol of excellence in public relations awarded by distinguished multi-sectoral jury to outstanding public relations programs and tools, organized by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP).

The heads of the Public Relations Society of the Philippines present the awards to MBFI heads and staff during the 55th Anvil Awards Gabi ng Parangal.

MBFI during that night took home its third “Hall of Fame” award for spearheading the “National Teachers’ Month (NTM).” A movement led by MBFI and the Department of Education, NTM recognizes Filipino teachers and educators for their contribution to national development. It also aims to intensify all efforts in recognizing the indispensable role of Filipino teachers in shaping minds across generations. NTM is annually celebrated for an entire month from September 5 to October 5.

The Hall of Fame Award is given to a company or organization that won the Gold Anvil Award five (5) times for a program or tool in the same category, not necessarily in consecutive years. In 2016 and 2018, MBFI received the Hall of Fame award for Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) and Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC), respectively.

The Excellence Awards Unit of MBFI, the implementing body of the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos and Metrobank Foundation Fellowship in Public Service with their Silver and Gold Anvil trophies.

MBFI also bagged a Gold Anvil trophy for the “2019 Metrobank Foundation Fellowship in Public Service,” a venue where professional milestones and personal life stories of Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos are brought to the fore. Achievements that result to positive change and innovations that address major societal concerns are highlighted and widely-shared.

Meanwhile, another public relations program and two institutional events of MBFI earned Silver Anvil trophies. The first Silver Anvil went to its flagship program – Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos– that recognizes exemplary teachers, soldiers, and police officers for rendering service above and beyond their call of duties, guided by the theme “Beyond Excellence.” An Outstanding Filipino is recognized for his/her exemplary qualities that have inspired and influenced their peers in their respective professions. Their works have lasting positive impact on people and to the country.

The Art & Design Unit– implementer of the annual Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE)—and Corporate Communications Unit of MBFI showcase their accolades received during the awarding ceremony.

Another Silver Anvil was bestowed upon “Puso at Sigasig (Heart & Zeal): Metrobank Foundation’s 40th Anniversary Celebration.” With the theme Puso at Sigasig (Heart & Zeal), MBFI celebrated its 40th founding anniversary last February 21, 2019. The celebration did not only highlight the Metrobank Foundation’s heart for community, but also showcased its zeal through advocacies sustained, partnerships built, communities empowered, and lives changed.

The last recipient of Silver Anvil is “UNLEASH: 2020 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE)’s 35th Anniversary Celebration.” Unleash is the result of a three-year build-up to the 35th anniversary of MADE: “Imagine” in 2017 and “Discover” in 2018. The theme follows the narrative of the artistic process: of art being “unleashed” into the world to articulate the milieu of the times. A three-day celebration of the local art scene, Unleash was split into four parts: Vernissage, MADE Awarding, Exhibit Opening, and the Lecture Series on Philippine Arts and Cultural Heritage. Each event engages with up-and-coming artists, special interest groups, and connoisseurs.

MBFI has been winning Anvil awards since 1985. To date, it has won 88 Anvil awards for its various programs and public relations tools, including the much coveted Grand Anvil gaining the record as the first corporate foundation to win a back-to-back Grand Anvil (2009 and 2010) and 2 Platinum Anvils in the history of the award-giving body.

More than 450,000 students trooped to 2,000 testing centers nationwide to participate in the elimination rounds of the 2020 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge or MMC on January 17 and 18. The first leg of the competition accommodated a total of 30,094 public and private schools nationwide.

Photo shows participating students from different schools taking their written exams at Jose Rizal Elementary School in Pasay City. MMC is an annual mathematics competition aimed at raising the competitiveness of elementary and high school students. It is the longest-running math competition in the country.

For 2020 MMC, all top scorers in the elimination rounds and division finals for both Grade 6 and Grade 10 shall automatically qualify for the region finals and that no hurdle rate is required.

For inquiries, visit the official Facebook page of MMC or contact the DepEd Division Math Supervisor in your locality. Contact the MMC secretariat at mmcmathchallenge@gmail.com or (02) 8 857-0618; (02) 8898-8898.


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.


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.

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.

Good afternoon everyone! It is a privilege to be here to share with you something that has personally brought me much inspiration as a young professional. As a kid, I remember that for a time, I wanted to be a teacher. Perhaps most of us in this room wanted to be one – after all, teachers create other professions. We will not be here if it were not for the hard work and patience of teachers.

To give a brief background, the Metrobank Foundation is the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of the Metrobank Group founded in 1979 by the late Dr. George S.K. Ty. The Foundation serves as the Secretariat for the National Teachers’ Month – and every year, I am in charge of coordinating the celebrations together with our partners like the Department of Education. Today I am given the opportunity to share with you this special advocacy that has personally moved me and inspired me to work even harder as a professional.

Teachers have always been at the heart of genuine reforms in education. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Agenda 4 also identified teachers and educators as one of the three (3) means of implementation in order to meet SDG 4’s seven (7) outcome targets. The Philippines currently has 880,000 public school teachers (Rappler, 2018) – the biggest sector in Philippine bureaucracy.

Teachers would always make the headlines – from teachers being recognized internationally to issues surrounding not just teachers but the Philippine education system. Teachers are often portrayed as the embodiment of perseverance, but what have we done to recognize their contribution to national development? Have we ever taken the time to express our gratitude to our teachers for their service to the nation?

Today, I’m here to present to you a multi-sectoral initiative that recognizes the hard work of our Filipino teachers, a movement that started with the simple idea of saying “Thank You” to our teachers.

The overall objective of National Teachers’ Month or NTM is to establish a culture of gratitude and appreciation for Filipino teachers and their contribution to nation-building.

We want to engage the public in expressing its appreciation for our teachers. We also want to provide the platform for stakeholders to address teacher needs as well as highlight the importance of public-private partnership in teacher support and development.

The heart of the NTM celebrations is gratitude as expressed in our tagline, “Thank You, Teacher”. We want to share with everyone that there is value in recognizing our teachers. Several management studies have already established the importance of recognition and positive reinforcement, but I will zero in on a 2011 study published in the Australian Journal of Teacher Education. The author, Hans Andrews, highlighted the value of recognition among teachers. He pointed out that recognition boosted morale among teachers. Recognition also became a motivation for teachers to become better in performing their duties.

An important feature of the NTM celebrations is its collaborative nature – we believe that multi-sectoral engagement is essential in the delivery of quality education; hence we work with all these sectors to activate the celebrations on all fronts – we want National Teachers’ Month (NTM) to be synonymous with how we celebrate Mothers’ or Fathers’ Day – after all, teachers are our second parents, the parents that we have in the classrooms.

In the last 10 years, we have worked with our partners to elevate the celebrations into a national one. In 2011, the Presidential Proclamation No. 242 was signed, designating the period from September 5 to October 5 as “National Teachers’ Month”. Later, in 2016, Republic Act No. 10743 formally declared October 5 as National Teachers’ Day. These are milestones for the movement – an affirmation that the State recognizes the important role of teachers in national development.

Another important accomplishment for is that we have managed to establish multi-sectoral participation in the NTM celebrations. Finally, we are also proud to share with you that aside from on-the-ground activities, the celebrations have also garnered significant digital engagement online. Since 2013, in order to complement the on-the-ground activities, the Secretariat used social media to engage the online public to be part of the celebrations.

Due to the scale of the celebrations as well as its volunteerism aspect, it has been a challenge for us to document all efforts made during NTM. The examples we presented to you are limited to submissions from our partners as well as posts monitored on social media.

Also, we have also learned that the celebration is also a double-edged sword. However in the Secretariat’s perspective, publicity – whether positive or negative – is still an opportunity to promote teacher welfare. In fact, the NTM is a platform of discussion among our stakeholders to see how we can best support our teachers not just during NTM but also beyond the celebrations.

The National Teachers’ Month (NTM) started as a small group which sought to earnestly express our collective gratitude for our teachers.

The celebrations have been around for a decade, and our experience tells us that NTM is a prime example of a collaborative, working partnership with the private sector. In recent year, National Teachers’ Month has become the platform of elevating teacher needs and concerns in the public sphere.

The celebrations often become conversation starters which often begin with “How else can we extend support to our teachers?” The celebration is an opportunity to streamline multi-sectoral support for teachers. Every year, more partners come onboard to show solidarity for the teachers, may it be the simple act of showing their gratitude or mobilizing resources for training, workshops, etc.

Moving forward, National Teachers’ Month can be considered as an alternative platform for more effective collaborations among education stakeholders especially those who would like to invest in the teachers’ professional development. While many of our present engagements are short-term, some of the initiatives have the potential to be rolled over and adopted at a national level. Many of our partners have already established long-term engagement with primary stakeholders in their communities. The challenge now is how we can roll these initiatives to benefit more teachers even beyond Teachers’ Month.

To the League of Corporate Foundations and to everyone who took the time to join us today, thank you. I hope you will also take the time to thank that wonderful teacher who has inspired you to be the person you are today. Muli, maraming salamat and good afternoon!


Kristina Mae I. Misajon
Coordinator, National Teachers’ Month (NTM)
Program Officer, Education Unit
Metrobank Foundation, Inc.
18th League of Corporate Foundations Corporate Social Responsibility Expo
04 July, 2019 | Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City

The 21st edition of the annual Graduates’ Forum was held on June 28, 2019 at the Penthouse of Manila Doctors Hospital in the City of Manila. A total of 38 scholars finished their respective undergraduate degrees. Of the 38 scholars, 17 finished with Latin Honors–6 magna cum laude and 11 cum laude. They were joined by Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) and Pacific Paint (Boysen) Philippines officials seated in front row from 4th to 8th: MBFI asst. executive director Irene Labitad; MBFI executive director Nicanor Torres, Jr.; MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña; Boysen vice president Engr. Ruben Cueto; and Boysen office manager Natalie Lee.

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) and the GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), together with partner Pacific Paint (Boysen) Philippines, recognized this year’s batch of scholar graduates during the 21st Graduates’ Forum, held last June 28, 2019 at the Penthouse of Manila Doctors Hospital in Ermita, Manila.

With the theme “#PayIt4Ward: Service to 4Cs,” the event aims to highlight what makes a Metrobank scholar different—his or her commitment to serve the Creator, Clan, Community and Country.

This year, a total of 38 scholars finished their undergraduate degrees from four (4) universities and colleges across the country. They are the recipients of the following scholarship programs: GTFI- Manila Tytana Colleges Youth for Excellence and Service (YES); MBFI- Manila Tytana Colleges Youth for Excellence and Service (YES); and MBFI-Pacific Paint (Boysen). Out of the 38 scholars, 17 finished with Latin honors—six (6) magna cum laude and 11 cum laude. They were conferred with Metrobank medals and certificates of academic excellence.

The annual event is intended to highlight among the scholars the value of giving back as they jumpstart their professional careers. The 4Cs—Creator, Clan, Community and Country—outlines how scholars can pay forward the blessings they have received.

“We believe that one’s generosity is instrumental in other’s success. After all, success is best savored when other people benefit from it. We hope that you will treasure the ideals you have learned in your respective institutions as well as the experiences gained from your journey,” said MBFI executive director Nicanor Torres, Jr. in his welcome remarks.

Julian Andrei Imperial, Bachelor of Science in Architecture graduate, magna cum laude, from the University of the Philippines Diliman, delivered a message of gratitude on behalf of his fellow scholars. Drawing inspiration from this year’s theme, he emphasized how all them gathered in that room may have different stories and circumstances, but they are bound by several similarities: how their benefactors have helped them pursue their dreams through their respective scholarship programs, as well as their common duty now as graduates to pay-it-forward through their craft and being the best version of themselves.

Imperial was able to finish his degree with the financial aid from the MBFI-Pacific Paint (Boysen) Scholarship Program. He is set to undergo apprenticeship in line with his aspired track of becoming an architect and future urban planner.

A series of activities followed the awarding ceremony. Scholars shared their stories and life journeys, and recalled the people who helped them along the way. They outlined their future plans on vision boards to guide their next steps in life.

During the “Where Youthful Energy meets Lifelong Experience” session, executives from the Metrobank Group and GT Capital Holdings shared tips over lunch to the new graduates related to the professional world.

Ma. Jabba Baquirquir, a Bachelor of Secondary Education major in English, magna cum laude, from the University of San Carlos in Cebu, also addressed the forum’s participants during her speech after the session. She shared how she always dreamed of becoming a teacher at such a young age, inspired by the thought of following in her mother’s footsteps. She recalled the days when this dream seemed too difficult to achieve, given the financial constraint experienced by her family. Prior to being accepted as a GT scholar, her studies were financed by her grandmother using the meager income from running a bakery.

Baquiquir’s passion for teaching never waned despite challenges. What reaffirmed this was her participation in various community extension programs such free tutorial sessions for youth in conflict with the law. In the future, Baquirquir sees herself as a teacher who will share the gift of education, the same gift that was extended to her by her benefactors.

A consistent achiever, Bonita Gracia S. Gutierrez took up BS Nursing at the Manila Tytana Colleges to bring to life her dream of being part of the healthcare industries. Her aspiration is to help those in need by providing them free medical services. She recently passed the Nursing Licensure Examination, and is preparing to land a job that will enable her to practice her profession. She also plans to continue on this path by taking up Master’s Degree in Nursing as well as Medicine.

Every year, the Foundation holds the Graduates’ Forum to recognize the academic and non- academic accomplishments of its promising graduates from different scholarship programs. Reinforcing the vision of the Metrobank Group’s late Chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty to nurture the country’s future leaders, the event allows graduates to meet their benefactors and interact with their fellow scholars. Since 1995, the Metrobank Scholarship Program has been awarding financial grants to support deserving students through college. To date, the program has produced over 1,000 graduates in collaboration with its partner institutions and schools.

For more information on MBFI’s scholarship programs, please visit www.mbfoundation.org.ph.

GT FOUNDATION SCHOLARS EARN TMP TECH CERTIFICATION. Nine (9) GT Foundation scholars under its Scholarships for Technical-Vocation Education Program (STEP) were conferred formally with two-year certificate degree on general automotive servicing course by Toyota Motor Philippines School of Technology (TMP Tech). The ceremony was held during TMPTech’s 8th Commencement Exercises on May 30, 2019 at the TMP Tech campus in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna. They are (L-R) Mark Joseph Bombeza, Christian Nieles, Rodrigo Sorromeo, Jr., Rio Glenn Corbin, Shena Lyn Anoche, Jonathan Umandap, Joe Jerrie Benolirao, Arthur Ycay, and Franz Vincent Diana. Two (2) of them (Umandap and Sorromero, Jr.) received academic awards (2 of only 3 Bronze Medalists in the entire batch). Sorromero was also recognized the Best in Drive Train System certificate. They are joined by GTFI senior program officer Marla Angeli Dator (leftmost) and Toyota Motor Philippines Foundation assistant vice president and operations Manager and TMP Tech scholarship and corporate social responsibility (CSR) officer Ronald Gaspar (rightmost). In his keynote address, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Laguna Provincial Director Pascual Arriola told the graduates that completing their studies in technology-based education is something they should be proud of as it is an important driver in economic growth and development. To date, a total of 54 GT Foundation STEP scholars have earned TMP Tech certification and are now employed in the automotive industry.

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