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The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), through its Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) program, conclude its 2017 Art MADE Public on March 16, 2017 at SM Angono in Angono, Rizal. The ribbon cutting ceremony was led by Angono Municipal Mayor Gerardo Calderon, Angono Councilor Patnubay Tiamson, University of Rizal Systems-Angono Dean Norma Elviña, SM Angono mall manager Don Vijandre, Metrobank Angono branch head Reynante Landicho, and Metrobank Binangonan branch head Aurora Robles. In partnership with SM Supermalls, the Art MADE public kicked-off last February 4, 2017 at S Maison in Pasay City, with renowned art patron and gallery owner Silvanna Ancelloti-Diaz as Guest of Honor. The Art MADE Public aims to promote art appreciation among the general public and at the same time encourage young Filipino artists to join the MADE Painting & Sculpture Recognition Programs. This year, Art MADE Public did not only feature winning artworks of its past awardees but also their current masterpieces, to showcase their artistic growth from amateur artists to recognized professionals in their own fields. Some of the works featured are by Elmer Borlongan, Jan Leeroy New, Anton Del Castillo, Salvador Ching, and Ferdinand Doctolero. The Art MADE Public at SM Angono will run until March 23, 2017. Meanwhile, sculptor Roberto Acosta and artist Siefred Guilaran will share their journeys as artists in a presentation entitled “Artists Talk.” Acosta is 2016 MADE Grand Awardee for Sculpture while Guilaran is the recipient of the 2016 Special Citation for Painting. The MADE Recognition Program in Painting is open to Filipino artists aged 18-35 with no experience in holding a solo exhibition. Sculptors who have held a solo exhibition are eligible to join the MADE Recognition Program in Sculpture. One (1) Grand Awardee for Sculpture and two (2) Grand Awardees for Painting will be chosen and will each receive P 500,000.00 inclusive of cash assistance and artistic development fund, plus a “Mula” glass trophy designed by visual artist Farol. The Grand Awardees will automatically become members of MADE-NOW. As a pioneering art recognition program of MBFI, MADE is known to provide career opportunities for its awardees. Some of the prominent artists now who were once recognized by MADE are Andres Barrioquinto, Norman Dreo, and Alvin Florentino. For more details, interested participants may contact Lalaine Calicdan or Henri Palma at telephone number 898-8856; mobile number 0942-559-8250; email louise.calicdan@metrobank.com.ph / henri.palma@metrobank.com.ph; or visit MADE Facebook page @MADECompetition.

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), together with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP), announces the schools which made it to the National Finals of the 2017 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC).

Out of the 572,916 students who competed in the nationwide elimination rounds, a total of 44 students representing 28 public and private schools have successfully advanced to the final leg of the competition which is the National Finals to be held on April 22, 2017 at the Metrobank Plaza Auditorium in Makati City.

“We want to congratulate our finalists as early as now for making it this far in the competition. With hard work and determination, you have surpassed expectations, bringing pride and honor to your respective schools,” said MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña. “Sixteen years after we started, Metrobank and Metrobank Foundation remain committed to providing a venue for the Filipino youth to hone their mathematical skills in an atmosphere of friendly competition,” he added.

Schools competing for the Grade 6 Individual Competition are: Agoo Kiddie Special School (Agoo, La Union); Special Education Center for the Gifted (Olongapo City); Palawan State University Laboratory Elementary School (Puerto Princesa City); St. John’s Institute (Bacolod City); Zamboanga Chong Hua High School (Zamboanga City); Mary Infant Jesus School (Iligan City); Ateneo de Davao University (Davao City); Notre Dame of Dadiangas University (General Santos City); Palanan Elementary School (Makati City); and MGC New Life Christian Academy (Taguig City).

For Grade 6 Team Competition, the competing schools are: Special Education Center for the Gifted (Olongapo City); Colegio San Agustin – Biñan (Biñan City); Palawan State University Laboratory Elementary School (Puerto Princesa City); Zamboanga Chong Hua High School (Zamboanga City); Butuan City SPED Center; Palanan Elementary School (Makati City); and St. Jude Catholic School (City of Manila).

For the Grade 10 Individual Competition, schools competing are: Philippine Science High School – CAR Campus (Baguio City); BHC Educational Institution, Inc. (San Fernando City, La Union); Mariano Ponce National High School (Baliuag, Bulacan); San Pablo City Science High School; Philippine Science High School – Western Visayas Campus (Iloilo City); Binalbagan Catholic College High School Department (Binalbagan, Negros Occidental); Zamboanga Chong Hua High School (Zamboanga City); Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology Integrated Development School (Iligan City); Ramon Magsaysay (Cubao) High School (Quezon City); and Philippine Science High School – Main Campus (Quezon City).

And for the Grade 10 Team Competition, schools competing are: Ilocos Sur National High School (Vigan City); Maliwalo High School (Tarlac City); De La Salle University Integrated School (Biñan City); Aquinas University of Legazpi Science High School (Legazpi City); Philippine Science High School – Western Visayas Campus (Iloilo City); Binalbagan Catholic College High School Department (Binalbagan, Negros Occidental); Zamboanga Chong Hua High School (Zamboanga City); Philippine Science High School – Southern Mindanao Campus (Davao City); Bayugan National Comprehensive High School (Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur); and Philippine Science High School – Main Campus (Quezon City).

National winners will receive trophies, medals and cash prizes which are as follows: P25,000 for the 1st placer, P20,000 for the 2nd placer and P15,000 for the 3rd placer for the elementary level while P50,000 will be given to the 1st placer, P40,000 for the 2nd placer and P30,000 for the 3rd placer for the high school level amounting to a total of P540,000 worth of cash prizes.

MMC is the most widely participated math competition in the country among elementary and high school students. It is being organized by the MBFI, MTAP, and DepEd. The annual Math Challenge produces national winners who get to compete and eventually win in international competitions. Among them are Farrell Eldrian S. Wu and Kyle Patrick F. Dulay who reaped the first gold medals of the Philippines at the recent 57th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) held in Hong Kong.

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.

Vice President Maria Leonora “Leni” Robredo (center), was awarded the 2017 Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chair for Public Service and Governance, after her lecture at the Ateneo Professorial Schools in Makati last March 14, 2017. With her in the photo are (from left to right) Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña and Dr. Antonette Palma Angeles, Vice President for the Ateneo Professional Schools.

As chairholder of the 2017 Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chair for Public Service and Governance, Vice President Maria Leonora “Leni” Robredo delivered a lecture on “Tsinelas Leadership as Vehicle for Empathy and Hope” on March 14, 2017 at the Ateneo Professional Schools Auditorium in Makati City. “Has democracy failed the world’s poor?” This was the question Robredo posed to her audience, which was mostly composed of students, faculty, and members of civil society groups. She cited how poverty remains a big challenge despite the steady growth of the Philippine economy in recent years. The Vice President noted that she believes in continuing “the unfinished task of democracy —that of deepening the empowerment of every human being.” She noted that this is where tsinelas leadership, a term coined in reference to her late husband Jesse’s brand of leadership, comes in. “For Jesse, it was critical that power was shared back with the people,” Robredo said. She added that the tsinelas “was a powerful symbol of his desire to keep everything simple and to serve as close to the ground as possible.” She highlighted the current efforts of her office to apply the same principles to their Angat Buhay anti-poverty program. Linking development organizations and the business sector to 50 of the poorest towns in the country, Robredo said that they involve the people in developing sustainable projects for their communities. “As a result, they feel empowered, and they own their projects. They are no longer mere beneficiaries, but now become partners and stakeholders. The success rate is higher when the people themselves are involved,” she observed. Robredo noted that “tsinelas leadership is truly the vehicle for empathy and the hope that we so desperately need today.” She added, “Given time, it can heal our nation from frustration—because it gives people their voice and brings government close to the people.” A joint undertaking between Metrobank Foundation and Ateneo de Manila University, the professorial chair seeks to give due recognition to public servants who are exemplary models of leadership and professionalism. It aims to strengthen the pillars of our government by furthering research and educating the citizenry on public-interest issues. Since its establishment in 2000, the title has been awarded to advocates of good governance including Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, and former Social Work and Development Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman.
The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) took home seven (7) trophies at the 52nd Anvil Awards last March 10, 2017 held at the Rizal Ballroom of Makati Shangri-La Hotel. 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 received 3 Gold Anvils and 4 Silver Anvils. Awarded with Gold Anvil is the “2016 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos” which honors exemplary individuals from the academe, military, and police, through its component searches—Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT), The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS), and the Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS).  Another Gold Anvil was given to “2016 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge” (MMC), the only math competition in Asia spearheaded by a bank that provides a venue for Filipino students 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). The third Gold Anvil was conferred to the “2016 National Teachers’ Month (NTM)”, a month-long advocacy campaign that engages different sectors of society to give honor and pay tribute to the teaching profession. In 2016, the movement gained grounds through the passing of Republic Act No. 10743 formally designating “October 5 of every year as National Teacher’s Day”. On the other hand, a Silver Anvil went to the “2016 Bags of Blessing”, a program spearheaded by the family foundation of Dr. George SK Ty—GT Foundation, Inc. in partnership with MBFI.  Held every Chinese New Year, P10 million worth of food packages benefit 10,000 underprivileged families nationwide. Meanwhile, under the PR Tools category, MBFI also took home 3 Silver Anvils for its “2016 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos Unified Souvenir Programs”; MBFI 2015 Annual Report entitled “Dreams, Journeys, and Discoveries”; and “HEALing the Nation, One Grant at a Time” audio-visual presentation, respectively.  MBFI has been winning Anvil awards since 1985. To date, it has won 71 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.
Dedicated Filipino public servants are not a dying breed—and the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) has always been at the forefront of proving just that through its annual Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos program. “Much like in previous years, we are once again on an active lookout for noteworthy individuals in the academe, military, and police sectors who exhibit exemplary conduct and performance in their respective pursuits of duty,” MBFI executive director Nicanor Torres, Jr. told media attendees during the Bulong Pulungan sa Sofitel on March 07. This 2017, however, MBFI elevates the prestige of its flagship recognition program by searching for public servants who are not merely models of excellence in their professions, but more importantly are agents of positive change in their sectors and communities. “The theme for this year’s search is ‘Beyond Excellence.’ We will recognize 10 Outstanding Filipinos—composed of four teachers, three soldiers, and three police officers—who actually go beyond the call of duty to serve the greater citizenry,” said Torres. Each Outstanding Filipino will receive one (1) million peso worth of cash prize, a trophy, and a medallion. Awardees will be formally announced and conferred the award during Metrobank’s 54th anniversary celebration in September. The 2017 awardees will also be conferred the title “2017 Metrobank Foundation Fellows in Public Service” and will be given the opportunity to share their advocacies and best practices through a series of public lectures across the Philippines. The awardees will be selected under three component programs—Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT) in partnership with the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education; The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS) in partnership with the Rotary Club of Makati Metro and the Armed Forces of the Philippines; and Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS) in partnership with the Rotary Club of New Manila East, the Philippine Savings Bank, and the Philippine National Police. Through a nomination-based process, 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. 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 (PO2 to SPO4) must have completed a Bachelor’s Degree. Interested applicants must have exhibited good moral character and must not have been charged guilty in any administrative or criminal case. Nominations will be accepted by the MBFI Secretariat or the nearest Metrobank branch on or before March 24, 2017. For further inquiries, you may call telephone numbers (02) 898-8898, (02) 857-8757, (02) 945-7006 or mobile numbers 0956-873-4684 or 0933-522-4186. Please look for Dyan Tee or Neury Chan (SOT), Hero Hernandez (COPS), and Third Salang (TOPS). You may also send inquiries via email to oustandingfilipinos.mbfi@gmail.com. Nomination forms can be accessed via the MBFI website (www.http://www.mbfoundation.org.ph) or through the Facebook page “Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos”.

Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña (3rd from left) joined by (L-R) Pablo Yambot COPS co-chairman, PCSupt Gilberto DS Cruz, Director Police Community Relations Group and 2007 COPS awardee, LtGen Salvador Melchor Mison AFP Vice Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines,Johnny Sy, president of Rotary Club of Makati Metro, Christopher Ponce, president-elect of the Rotary Club of New Manila East, and Rolando Ramirez TOPS Chairman in the formal announcement of the2017 Search for the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos (Photo courtesy of SSG Randulf Obinque of PAO AFP).

Nominations are now accepted for the 2017 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos. The announcement was made by MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña during a ceremonial MOA signing with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on January 25 at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, through the presence of AFP Vice Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Salvador Melchor Mison.

Ten (10) Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos in the academe, military, and police will be recognized this year for their service above and beyond the call of duty. Composed of 4 teachers, 3 soldiers, and 3 police officers, the awardees will be honored during Metrobank’s 55th anniversary celebration in September. Each of them will receive one (1) million worth of cash prize, a trophy, and a medallion. The 2017 awardees will also be conferred the title “2017 Metrobank Foundation Fellows in Public Service” and will be given the opportunity to share their best practices through lectures across the country.

“We are looking for recognized models of excellence in their professions who thrive amidst challenges with dignity and confidence. They must also display patriotism, integrity, courage, and social responsibility — the values that Filipinos are most proud of,” said Sobrepeña. “For us, the Outstanding Filipino is one who has gone beyond excellence in his or her career. He or she must have made a long-lasting impact on the development of communities,” he continued.

Awardees will be selected under the following component Search programs — Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT) in partnership with the Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education; The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS) in partnership with the Rotary Club of Makati Metro (RCMM) and AFP; and Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS) in partnership with the Rotary Club of New Manila East (RCNME), PSBank, and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Through a nomination-based process, 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. 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 (PO2 to SPO4) must have completed a Bachelor’s Degree. Nominees must have exhibited good moral character and must not have been charged guilty in any administrative or criminal case.

Nominations will be accepted by the MBFI Secretariat or can be submitted to the nearest Metrobank branch on or before March 24, 2017. For further inquiries, you may call telephone numbers (02) 898-8898, (02) 857-8757, (02) 945-7006 or mobile numbers 0956-873-4684 or 0933-522-4186. Please look for Dyan Tee or Neury Chan (SOT), Hero Hernandez (COPS), and Third Salang (TOPS). You may also send inquiries via email to oustandingfilipinos.mbfi@gmail.com. Nomination forms can be accessed through bit.ly/2017MBFIOF; www.http://www.mbfoundation.org.ph or through the Facebook page “Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos”.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales (center), awarded the 2016 Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chair for Public Service and Governance, after her lecture at the Ateneo Professorial Schools in Makati With her in the photo are (from left to right) Rodolfo P. Ang, Dean of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business; Atty. Jaime Hofileña, Vice President for Social Development of Ateneo de Manila University; Antonio La Viña, Dean of the Ateneo School of Government; Atty Arlene Lapuz-Ureta, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Metrobank; Aniceto Sobrepeña, President of Metrobank Foundation; Dr. Antonette Palma Angeles, Vice President for the Ateneo Professional Schools; Atty. Ma. Tanya Karina Lat, Ateneo Law School Coordinator for Student Formation; Atty. Sedfrey Candelaria, Dean of the Ateneo Law School; and Dr. Manuel Dayrit, Dean of the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health.

As chairholder of the 2016 Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chair for Public Service and Governance, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales delivered a lecture on “Building a Corruption Intolerant Society and Sustaining an Intergenerational National Anti-Corruption Agenda” on February 16, 2016 at the Ateneo Professional Schools Auditorium in Makati City. Morales discussed the various initiatives being undertaken by the Office of the Ombudsman to strengthen its institutional capacity. A National Integrity Center has been set up as its education arm, helping develop the skills of its more than 1,200-strong workforce. Efforts have also been made to increase efficiency in its work such as rationalizing functions among its various bureaus, filtering the intake of complaints filed with the Office, and assessing processes of key government for vulnerability to corruption. She noted that these efforts resulted in a total of 6,707 administrative and criminal cases resolved for 2015. The number of cases awaiting action by the court decreased by 16% despite a 2% increase in new cases filed. The Ombudsman is targeting to reduce its case backlog to zero before Morales’ term ends in 2018. Recognizing that the most important stakeholder in the battle against corruption is the Filipino public, the Ombudsman made steps to mobilize broader support for its work. The National Anti-Corruption Framework was completed and adopted on December 15 last year during the 3rd State Conference on the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. Accreditation guidelines were also strengthened for civil society and student organization partners, and customized training modules developed. “One does not need to be a member of the civil service or to hold an appointive or elective post in government to be a public servant,” Morales said. She added that one must “bear in mind the best interest of the public, and to put it above one’s own if conflict arises.” Aniceto Sobrepeña, president of Metrobank Foundation, agreed with Morales and highlighted the role of the private sector as a partner in good governance. “You may ask, what is in it for the private sector if it champions governance that is effective, accountable, and upholds the rule of law? For many, the most obvious answer is that good governance creates a stable environment conducive to the pursuit of business goals. But let me add our take at the Metrobank Group – that it is simply our responsibility as citizens. We, who benefit from the freedoms afforded by a democratic society, must ensure that our countrymen enjoy similar prosperity and happiness,” he said. A joint undertaking between Metrobank Foundation and Ateneo de Manila University, the professorial chair seeks to give due recognition to public servants who are exemplary models of leadership and professionalism. It aims to strengthen the pillars of our government by furthering research and educating the citizenry on public-interest issues. Since its establishment in 2000, the title has been awarded to advocates of good governance including former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Social Work and Development Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, and Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita “Ging” Deles. Download the highlights of the Ombudsman’s lecture here.

The 2015 Metrobank Foundation Journalists of the Year and 2016 Fellows in Journalism Howie Severino (3rd from left), Marites Vitug (4th from left), and Nancy Carvajal (5th from left) received plaques of recognition from representatives of Bicol University after the lecture held at the school. The Metrobank Foundation, Inc., (MBFI) in partnership with Probe Media Foundation, Inc. (PMFI), conducted a back-to-back lecture and media training session under its Fellowship in Journalism program on August 4 and 5, 2016 in Legazpi City.

The lecture entitled 8th Metrobank Foundation Lecture Series in Journalism was held at the Amphitheater of the Bicol University. The main speakers of the lecture were the 2015 Metrobank Foundation Journalists of the Year (JOY) awardees and 2016 Fellows in Journalism Nancy Carvajal, senior reporter, formerly with the Philippine Daily Inquirer; Howie Severino, Vice President and Anchor of GMA Network; and Marites Vitug, Editor-at-Large of Rappler. Carvajal, Severino and Vitug shared their knowledge and experiences with journalism and mass communication students from the Bicol University. Their lectures focused on how their works have contributed to positive social change, and on how they practiced their respective careers in influencing and developing the public towards constructive growth. On the other hand, the Fellowship in Journalism reached out to journalists, media practitioners and public information officers in the 6th Metrobank Foundation Media Training Series entitled “Journalism and Numbers: Making Stories that Matter,” held at the Ninong’s Hotel in Legazpi City. Journalist Tess Bacalla, who is also the Training Director of the Philippine Press Institute and Lecturer at the De La Salle University, conducted a session on “Journalism and Numbers: Telling Better Stories With Data.” She discussed the need to understand numbers and be able to interpret and analyze data to be used meaningfully in media reportage. The second session, “Making Stories that Matter and Safety in Reportage,” was facilitated by 2015 JOY Awardee Nancy Carvajal. It focused on how powerful stories can contribute to positive change, but also on the need to stay alive to tell the story another day. “We are pleased that, in addition to the generous grant and recognition to the Journalists of the Year awardees, one unique component is the lecture series, which provides us an insight into their work as practicing journalists,” said broadcast journalist and PMFI president Cheche L. Lazaro. “One thing that the public does not see beyond the glamour and fame of journalists is the hard work that actually goes into crafting a story. Story-telling is at the core of our profession and today, we take pride in presenting the stories, challenges and lessons learned that Howie, Marites, and Nancy have to share with us,” Both the lecture series and media training are free of charge to attendees. The events, which are part of a series that will be brought to various areas in the Philippines, aim to advance the knowledge of practicing and aspiring journalists and uplift the journalism profession. “We are determined and committed to raising the bar of excellence in the practice of journalism in the country. Journalists are beacons of hope. They can inspire the public to actively participate more in the democratic processes through their work. They are the nation’s eyes, ears, and conscience. You cast a light in the darkness and show a way by telling the story honorably and fearlessly,” said MBFI president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña. The lecture and media training in Legazpi City is the second of the series for 2016, with the first one held at Cebu City last June 7 and 8. Succeeding sessions of lecture and training will be in Zamboanga City on August 25 and 26; Ateneo de Manila University on September 12, Cavite State University on September 29; and Ilocos Norte on October 20 and 21. The complete schedule and updates will be shared on the Facebook page @MetrobankFoundationJOY and on the websites probefound.com and mbfoundation.com.
Department of Education (DepEd) secretary Br. Armin Luistro, FSC (seated, center) signs the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 10743 or “An Act Declaring the Fifth Day of October of Every Year as the National Teachers’ Day” at the 14th Meeting of the National Teachers’ Month Coordinating Council (NTMCC) held at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, Department of Education, Pasig City.

RA 10743 formally institutionalizes the celebration of National Teachers’ Day on October 5 to be led by DepEd as well as encourages “all heads of government agencies and instrumentalities, including government-owned and -controlled corporations, especially those that are dealing with teachers, including local government units, and employers in the private sector” to join in the culminating celebration of the National Teachers’ Month (NTM) ─ held from September 5 to October 5 by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 242 (s. 2011).

Also in the photo are DepEd Undersecretary for Partnership and External Linkages Mario Deriquito (seated, center right); NTM Coordinating Council co-chairperson and Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña (seated, center left); and members of the NTM Coordinating Council, a consortium of corporations, non-profit organizations, media, and academic institutions which conduct various initiatives and activities dedicated to teachers during the month-long celebration. The Philippines holds the recognition as the only country in the world that celebrates teachers for an entire month.

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