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Since its inception, the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), through the annual Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos, has sought to uphold a culture of excellence by recognizing exemplary public servants in the academe, military, and police sectors. Last November 2019, we launched the 2020 cycle of the OF Award, and conducted a nationwide series of information campaigns and nominations to search this year’s batch of laudable teachers, soldiers, and police officers.

In the midst of these activities, we suddenly find ourselves confronted by the challenges brought about by COVID-19 pandemic that has adversely affected every Filipino’s lives. We thus took the necessary measures and followed protocols in containing the spread of the virus.

While alternative solutions were considered to carry out the proceeding phases of the Award, and even as we acknowledged the hard work of everyone who submitted their nominations, our continuous monitoring of our national situation has brought us to a difficult decision to defer the 2020 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos. We believe that the health and safety of everyone takes precedence during these challenging times.

We will wait for the right time for the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos Award to return. Until then, we stand in solidarity with the government, all sectors, and the Filipino people in seeing an end to this pandemic.

Should you have other questions regarding this decision, please contact us through all our social media accounts. You may also send an email to outstandingfilipinos.mbfi@gmail.com.

MBFI is praying for everyone to remain healthy and safe. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) held separate turnover ceremonies on May 15 to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) for its P1.84 million worth of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donation. Held at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo and Camp Rafael Crame in Quezon City, respectively, the donation includes 109,200 pairs of surgical gloves and 10,000 N95 masks which will benefit more than 12,000 AFP and PNP frontliners tasked to implement community protocols in this time of the pandemic.

MBFI executive director Nicanor Torres Jr. led the turnover ceremonies at the AFP grounds through the presence of AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Felimon Santos, and 2015 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino (OF) Soldiers AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics RAdm. Alberto Carlos and AFP Adjutant General BGen. Maxima Ignacio.

“The AFP extends its gratitude to the MBFI in the battle against COVID-19. Their sincere desire to help the country’s imperilled frontliners continue to inspire soldiers on the ground to better perform their duties towards winning the fight against the dreaded virus,” expressed Gen. Santos.

On the other hand, PNP Chief Archie Gamboa, PNP Directorate for Logistics Director P/MGen. Edwin Roque, PNP Directorate for Logistics Deputy Director P/BGen. Domingo Cabillan and 2018 OF Police Officer PNP Logistics Support Service Director P/BGen. Pascual Muñoz received the donation.

“The global community, on their part, has come together to spread love and kindness through volunteer work and support through donation of the much needed Personal Protective Equipment. In the Philippines, we are proud to have Metrobank Foundation in our midst, to partner with the Philipine National Police in our COVID-19 response through their donation,” said P/BGen. Muñoz.

Earlier in April, 2,000 sets of PPEs consisting of hazardous material suits, face shields, N95 masks, gloves, and shoe covers were donated to Victoriano Luna General Hospital, Veterans Memorial Medical Center and PNP General Hospital in Quezon City. AFP and PNP institutions are valued institutional partners of MBFI in the implementation of its corporate social responsibility initiatives. Annually, MBFI recognizes exemplary teachers, soldiers and police officers for rendering service beyond their call of duties through OF.

The donation is part of the P200 million pledge by Metrobank and GT Capital Holdings Group to fund and support efforts to combat the pandemic and help those in need. The amount was allocated for the purchase of personal protective equipment to benefit healthcare and security frontliners; support for the production of testing kits through the UP National Institutes of Health; ‘Project Ugnayan’ led by the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation; distribution of meals and food packs to underprivileged families; set-up of a molecular laboratory for the testing of cases through the Philippine Red Cross; and project ARK (Antibody Rapid test Kits) of GoNegosyo (Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation).


Photos courtesy of PNP and AFP PIO.

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.

The search for exemplary Filipino public servants continues—the nomination for the 2020 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos (OF) is now open.

Ten (10) Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos in the academe, military, and police will be recognized for demonstrating service above and beyond the call of their duty. Four (4) teachers, 3 soldiers, and 3 police officers will receive PhP 1 million worth of cash incentive, a trophy, and a gold medallion and will be honored during Metrobank’s 58th anniversary celebration in September 2020.

The 10 awardees will also be conferred the title “Metrobank Foundation Fellows in Public Service” and will be provided the opportunity to share their expertise and best practices through lectures across the country.

“We are looking for individuals who embody the words ‘Beyond Excellence’. This means that they are models of excellence in their professions and of service in their communities,” said MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña. “The combination of their accomplishments and character provide inspiration among their institutions and fellow Filipinos towards the shared pursuit of nation-building,” he added.

The search is held in partnership with the Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police, Rotary Club of Makati Metro, Philippine Savings Bank, and Rotary Club of New Manila East.

Read the full guidelines via bit.ly/OFAwardFAQs2020 and access the nomination forms via bit.lyOFAward2020.

Deadline for nominations is on December 27, 2019. Visit the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos Facebook Page for more information.


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.

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.

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.

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