The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), in cooperation with the Philippine National Police (PNP), held the inaugural lecture for the “Metrobank Foundation Fellowship in Public Service” on June 19, 2018 at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City.
Speaking before members of the PNP was Cebu City Police Office city director Police Senior Superintendent Joel Bargamento Doria—a recipient of the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino Award in 2017.
The “Metrobank Foundation Fellow in Public Service” title was conferred to him “recognizing his more than two decades of outstanding contribution to serve and protect the Filipino people and for his commitment to tackle criminality without losing respect for morality and for ensuring that the quest for justice does not in any way infringe the pursuit of peace” the recognition plaque states.
“After recognizing the Outstanding Filipinos in 2017, we thought of bringing to the fore their professional achievements and personal life stories. It is our belief that achievements, which resulted to positive change, or innovations which addressed major societal concerns, should be highlighted and widely shared. Hence, we decided to provide an avenue for these stories to be heard, hoping that others will replicate or even surpass these outstanding achievements,” said MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña. “We hope that our future police leaders gain the insights and inspire their individual journeys in the pursuit of exemplary public service” he added.
PSSupt. Doria shared their unit’s best practices in support of the Anti-Illegal Drug Campaign and Anti-Criminality Crusade of the institution. Dubbed as Oplan POKEMON (Pakigbatukan Og sumpoon ang Krimen ug ang Epekto sa illegal nga drugas nga Makadaut Og makaguba sa Nasud or Fight and Eradicate Crime and Illegal Drugs that are Detrimental to the Nation), it is a modified one-time-big-time type of police operation, conducted simultaneously by all Cebu City police stations in a randomly picked day of the week. Unique to this is its comprehensive breadth as it targets all types of street crimes while employing crime prevention activities such as police patrol and police-community relations activities.
“We needed a plan that would cause the public to buy-in to our efforts – something that does not require unnecessary loss of lives but still cause unrest to criminals and drug peddlers. During that time, the mobile game Pokémon Go was raving the news and social media. Everybody knew what Pokémon Go was. What we needed was to connect the drugs war with the mobile game that everybody loved,” shared PSSupt. Doria.
The result was a success that out of the 62 Oplan Pokemon operations that ran from August 2016 to March 2018, they were able to arrest 4,266 persons for various violation (but mostly illegal drugs), confiscated 6 kilos of shabu, recovered 101 loose firearms, pulled the plug of 666 illegal gambling machines and recovered 211 thousand pesos cash (proceeds of illegal activities).
In his 26 years of service to the PNP, he took on challenging assignments on various units such as the Special Action Force, Highway Patrol Group, Police Regional Office 3, and at the National Headquarters in Camp Crame. He is also responsible for the neutralization of various criminal groups and high value targets in many of his assignments.
He graduated as part of the “Taga-Pagpatupad” class of the PNP Academy in 1992, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Public Safety. He further pursued both his Master’s Degree in Peace and Securities studies and Doctor of Philosophy in Peace and Security Administration from Bicol University.
The Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos are recognized for rendering service above and beyond the call of duty. Their accomplishments inspired and influenced others in transforming communities through a lasting positive impact on people and the country.
To honor newly appointed Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff General Carlito Galvez, Jr. a testimonial dinner was hosted by the Metrobank Group on May 23, 2018 at the Grand Salon of Grand Hyatt Manila in Taguig City. General Galvez was a recipient of the 2007 search for The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS), now widely known as the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos. TOPS, as the highest and most prestigious civilian recognition given to a military personnel for his/her priceless acts of valor, selfless sacrifices and heroism, is being implemented by the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) in partnership with Rotary Club of Makati Metro (RCMM).
Present during the testimonial dinner were senior officers of the Metrobank Group and RCMM. General Galvez succeeded the position left by General Rey Leonardo Guerrero in the recent AFP Change of Command and Testimonial Honors activity held at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City.
Federal Land chairman and MBFI vice chairman Alfred Ty, in his welcome remarks, congratulated General Galvez who have dedicated himself to a lifetime of exceptional service in the Philippine Army. Prior to his new appointment, General Galvez was the Chief of the Western Mindanao Command (WESMINCOM) who played a key role in ending the five-month siege carried out by ISIS-inspired terrorists in Marawi City in 2017.
“This gathering is more significant as we are not only honoring General Galvez as the 50th chief of staff of the AFP but the first soldier awardee of our awards program who in now at the helm of the institution they represent. This feat is a testimony of the quality of awardees we recognize. Truly, he have lived up to the call of going beyond excellence.”
Likewise, MBFI president Aniceto “Chito” Sobrepeña also congratulated General Galvez. “It is truly a great pleasure for all of us in MBFI to continue give recognition for the distinguished efforts and sacrifices of all our awardees. The Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos search has proven its worth by producing effective leaders in the sectors of military, police and education” he said.
General Galvez joins the roster of Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos who held key positions in the AFP including Lieutenant General Juancho Sabban (Ret), 2003 former Commander of Western Command; Vice Admiral Jesus Millan (Ret), 2006 former Flag Officer in Command Philippine Navy and Undersecretary Department of National Defense; Lieutenant General Romeo Tanalgo (Ret), 2009 former Vice Chief of Staff AFP and Commander, Northern Luzon Command; Lieutenant General Raul del Rosario (Ret), 2012 former Commander Central and Western Command; and Lieutenant General Danilo Pamonag, 2015 Commander, Southern Luzon Command.
Organized by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP), the Anvil is the symbol of excellence in public relations awarded by distinguished multi-sectoral jury to outstanding public relations programs and tools. MBFI was nominated for Grand Anvil, received the Anvil Hall of Fame, four (4) Gold Anvils and five (5) Silver Anvils.
Awarded with the Anvil Hall of Fame is the “2017 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC)”, the only math competition in Asia spearheaded by a bank that provides a venue for Filipino students both in public and private schools to hone their mathematical skills in an atmosphere of friendly competition. Over the years, it has produced national winners who get to compete and eventually win in international competitions. It is implemented in partnership with the Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP) and the Department of Education (DepEd). MMC received its five (5) Anvil Awards in 2002, 2012, 2014, 2016, and in 2017.
Meanwhile, awarded with Gold Anvil is the “2017 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos” (OF) Award program. It is the most prestigious career-service award for exemplary public servants in the academe, military, and police sectors. In 2017, ten (10) Outstanding Filipinos—composed of four (4) teachers, three (3) soldiers, and three (3) police officers—have been recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty in their respective pursuits of service to the nation and its citizenry. These 10 Outstanding Filipinos have formally joined the distinguished roster of 655 Outstanding Filipinos—360 teachers, 154 soldiers, and 142 police officers—honored by MBFI since 1984.
Another Gold Anvil was given to “Metrobank Foundation Grants and Social Development Partnerships” program. Through this program, MBFI commits to help raise the quality of the poorest, most vulnerable, and underserved sectors by providing social development assistance to socio-civic, charitable, and development-oriented organizations that implement long-term, high impact projects in line with its adopted SDGs and the H.E.A.L (Health, Education, Arts and Livelihood) framework.
The third Gold Anvil was conferred to the “2017 National Teachers’ Month (NTM)”, a month-long advocacy campaign led by MBFI and the DepEd which recognizes Filipino teachers and educators and their contribution to national development—making the Philippines the only country in the world that celebrates Teachers’ Day for an entire month. Now on its 9th year, NTM has become an annual nationwide tribute recognizing the essential role of teachers in shaping minds and characters across all generations.
Entitled “Beyond Excellence”, the MBFI 2016 Annual Report also won a Gold Anvil for highlighting success stories of select stakeholders instead of simply providing a report of the past year’s accomplishments. By focusing on human interest stories, the publication underscored the success of these CSR programs, not just in terms of numbers and statistics but also on how they created an impact on the lives of stakeholders.
On the other hand, a Silver Anvil went to the “2017 Bags of Blessing”, a program spearheaded by the family foundation of Dr. George S.K. Ty—GT Foundation, Inc. in partnership with MBFI. Held every Chinese New Year, PhP 10 million worth of food packages benefit 10,000 underprivileged families nationwide.
Moreover, under the PR Tools category, the Foundation also took home four (4) Silver Anvils for the following: Metrobank Foundation bi-annual newsletter “ExceLetter”; “2017 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos Souvenir Program”; “2017 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) Awarding Ceremony & Exhibit Opening”; and “2017 Art MADE Public”, respectively.
MBFI has been winning Anvil awards since 1985. To date, it has won 77 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.
Bulong Pulungan supports call for nominations for the 2018 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos. In attendance were 2017 MBFI Outstanding Filipinos: Police Chief Inspector Rosalino Ibay, Jr. (Manila Police District Intelligence and Operations Unit chief, 2nd from left), Lt. Col. Elmer Suderio (head executive assistant at the Office of the Commanding General, Philippine Army, 4th from left), and Dr. Alonzo Gabriel (professor and university scientist at the University of the Philippines Diliman, 5th from left). Joining them in the photo are Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña (1st from left) and Bulong Pulungan founder / Manila Bulletin columnist Deedee Siytangco (3rd from left).
These are challenging times to be a public servant—especially a teacher, a soldier, and a police officer—in our country. But to say that exemplary public servants are a dying breed would be a great disservice to those who have selflessly pledged their lives in the pursuit of service to our nation. These individuals—who go about their work quietly, pursuing advocacies and initiatives that yield positive change in their respective communities—deserve due recognition. This was the message delivered by the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) to media attendees during the Bulong Pulungan sa Sofitel press conference last January 16, 2018.
Another batch of 10 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos will be recognized—4 teachers, 3 soldiers, and 3 police officers. Each awardee will receive a PhP 1 million cash incentive, a trophy, and a gold medallion and will be awarded during Metrobank’s 56th anniversary celebration in September.
“Beyond professional accomplishments, we aim to look for everyday heroes who have gone beyond personal limitations to earn outstanding achievements,” said MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña. “The Metrobank Foundation is privileged to highlight their achievements in inspiring change in their respective institutions and for sharing their stories of steadfast commitment in nation-building,” he added.
Present during the press forum were 2017 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos—Dr. Alonzo Gabriel (professor and university scientist, University of the Philippines Diliman), Lt. Col. Elmer Suderio (head executive assistant at the Office of the Commanding General, Philippine Army), and Police Chief Inspector Rosalino Ibay, Jr. (District Intelligence and Operations Unit chief, Manila Police District). They talked about the challenges they faced, their advocacies, and the impact of the award in their lives. They also provided tips to potential nominees.
Under the search, teachers, soldiers, and police officers who are eligible to join must have a minimum of 10 years of service with at least “very satisfactory” rating in the last 10 years of service to their profession. Those who are set to retire must have at least 3 remaining years of service. Qualified elementary and secondary teachers must have completed academic requirements for Master’s Degree while Higher Education teachers must have a doctorate degree. Qualified AFP commissioned officers (Captain to Colonel) must have completed a Bachelor’s Degree while AFP enlisted personnel (Corporal to Chief Master Sergeant) must have completed a High School degree. PNP commissioned officers (Police Inspector to Police Senior Superintendent) and non-commissioned officers (Police Officer 2 to Senior Police Officer 4) must have completed a Bachelor’s Degree.
Nomination forms and detailed guidelines are now available via the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos Facebook page. Deadline for nominations to be sent to the MBFI Secretariat is on March 1, 2018. For further inquiries, you may call telephone numbers (02) 898-8898, (02) 857-8757, (02) 945-7006 or mobile numbers 0956-873-4684, 0925-830-3717, and 0933-522-4186. Please look for Kristal Todcor (teachers), Third Salang (soldiers), and Beni Benipayo (police officers). You may also send inquiries via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Nomination forms can also be accessed through www.http://www.mbfoundation.org.ph.
The search is held in partnership with the Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education; Rotary Club of Makati Metro and the Armed Forces of the Philippines; Rotary Club of New Manila East, Philippine Savings Bank, and the Philippine National Police.
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The first Excellence Award was given to the “2016 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos”, a recognition program which honors public servants in the academe, military, and police for their outstanding service to their sworn duties and noteworthy contributions to nation-building. The program has three components searches—Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT), Search for The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS), and Search for the Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS).
Another Excellence Award was conferred to the “2016 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE),” an annual recognition program which aims to discover young talents in painting, sculpture, interior design and architecture. Now on its 33rd year, MADE has served as a career launch pad for its awardees by recognizing the excellent works of budding artists as well as professional sculptors, interior designers, and architects.
Through its MADE-Network of Winners, the alumni organization of previous MADE awardees, MADE also conducts public art and art education activities to further promote art appreciation to target sectors and at the same time implements Project HeART, an art psychosocial intervention program for individuals with special needs.
Meanwhile, the “2015 & 2016 National Teachers’ Month (NTM)” also received an Excellence Award. Held from September 5 to October 5 every year, NTM is a movement spearheaded by MBFI and the Department of Education (DepEd), together with various multi-sectoral groups which recognize Filipino teachers and educators and their contribution in shaping the country’s future.
The 2015 celebrations demonstrated the continuing activities dedicated to teachers – composed of capstone events, on-the-ground initiatives, the yearly menu of benefits and discounts, and a supplemental digital celebration. This continued in 2016 wherein NTM reached a milestone with the enactment of Republic Act 10743, officially designating “October 5 of every year as ‘National Teachers’ Day’—affirming the State’s recognition of teachers and their valuable role in national development.”
The fourth Excellence Award was given to the 2015 Metrobank Foundation Annual Report entitled “Dreams, Journeys & Discoveries.” The annual report highlights inspirational and empowering stories of ordinary individuals who share the Foundation’s goal of nation-building. It serves as a tool to account milestones and accomplishments of the Foundation for the period in review by highlighting success stories of its stakeholders and underscoring the roles of its institutional partners in the attainment of corporate objectives.
As a testament to good corporate governance and transparency, the publication aims to deliver accurate information on the Foundation’s operations and financial standing, being the CSR arm of the Metrobank Group.
On the other hand, the two Merit Awards were given to the “2016 Metrobank Math Challenge (MMC)” and the “2016 Bags of Blessing (BOB).”
For 16 years now, MMC has become the longest running and most widely participated annual mathematics competition for elementary and secondary students in both public and private schools in the Philippines. It is implemented by MBFI, in partnership with the Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines and the DepEd. Through the years, MMS has produced young math geniuses who have represented the country and have won in various international math competitions, including the International Math Olympiad.
Meanwhile, underprivileged Filipinos shared in the revelry of the Chinese New Year celebration in the Philippines through the 2016 BOB, a gift-giving project that distributed PhP 10 million worth of food items to 10,000 poor families in 20 cities and municipalities across the country. Implemented by the family foundation of Metrobank Group Chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty—GT Foundation, Inc.—together with the Roman Catholic dioceses, the different companies of GT Capital Holdings, and subsidiaries of the Metrobank Group, the activity enabled the Church to aptly open its doors and give food to the hungry during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy in 2016.
To date, MBFI has won 46 Philippine Quill for its various programs and public relations tools since 1986.
PNP Chief Police Director General Dela Rosa with the Metrobank Foundation Inc.–Rotary Club of New Manila East and PSBank COPS during the 5th General Assembly of P.R.O.T.E.C.T. in Camp Crame, Quezon City (Photo from PNP)PNP Chief Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa graced the 5th General Assembly of the P.R.O.T.E.C.T. (Police Officers Responsible for Organizing, Transforming and Empowering Communities), the alumni organization of the awardees of the Metrobank Foundation-Rotary Club of New Manila East and PSBank search for the Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS) on March 1, 2017 at the PNP Multi Purpose Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City. The Police Chief praised all PNP key officers and members of PROTECT who have shown excellence and contributed in reforming the institution with its efforts in curbing drugs and criminality in their communities. “I believe that PROTECT will be a big help to the PNP, especially in the internal cleansing program which is now among our top priorities. You are the exemplars of courage, outstanding work and integrity in the service. You embody the ideals of service, honor and justice and I hope that you will help the PNP leadership re-ignite these ideals in the hearts of our police personnel as they continue to perform their mandated duties.” said Gen. De la Rosa. “Looking back, it’s been 9 years since the establishment of the alumni organization in 2008. We are happy to note that P.R.O.T.E.C.T. has made strides in terms of its pay-it-forward initiatives in the recent years.” said MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña. “Our excellence recognition programs are not only designed to foster and propagate a culture of excellence in the sectors of academe, military, and police through your stories as modern-day heroes, but also to cascade your insights and best practices to the greater public and make them the next diffence-makers” he added. Among those applauded by Gen. De la Rosa were Quezon City Police District Chief, Police Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar; PNP ARMM Deputy Regional Director for Administration, Police Senior Superintendent Rodelio Jocson; and Chief Directorial Staff of the PNP Finance Service, Police Senior Superintendent Bernard Banac. Meanwhile, re-elected P.R.O.T.E.C.T. president Police Chief Superintendent Gilbert Cruz who sits at helm of the Police-Community Relations Group of the PNP gave a full report about the different involvements of P.R.O.T.E.C.T. in recent years such as visits in different public schools in the metro and dissemination of PNP advisories through the use of interactive police and criminal mascots. Furthermore, P.R.O.T.E.C.T. members were also given the opportunity to share their own accomplishments in strengthening the branding of the alumni organization in their respective communities like Senior Police Officer 4 Tejanne Zarsozo of the Cabadbaran City Police Station. SPO4 Zarsozo spearheaded a mobile cinema “Protect, Feed, Save” project that raises awareness against social ills, tells stories and feeds hungry street children. “We are happy that we are helping and saving many street children in our community. We are also hoping that this project will continue to inspire other PNP units to follow.” said SPO4 Zarsozo. In 2008, COPS awardees have organized themselves into an association that aims to promote responsible citizenship not only in the PNP but in their respective communities as well. Among the P.R.O.T.E.C.T. members are PNP Director for Operations, Police Director Camilo Cascolan; PNP Deputy Director of Internal Affairs Service, Police Director Leo Angelo Leuterio; Police Region 7 Office Police Police Chief Superintendent Noli Taliño; Directorate for Information Technology and Communications Management Police Superintendent Alfred Corpus; PNP Public Information Office Chief, Police Senior Superintendent Dionardo Carlos; Police Chief Superintendent Federico Laciste Jr.; and Police Director Alex Monteagudo, now Director General at the National Intelligence Coordinating Council.