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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.org.ph.
The Metrobank Foundation Inc. (MBFI) recently conducted the 18th Graduates’ Forum for the 30 graduates of its managed scholarship program. The event is conducted annually to recognize the academic and non-academic achievements of the Foundation’s outstanding graduates. This year’s thirty graduates were awarded by Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña (6th from left, seated), Fluor general manager German Camigla (5th from left, seated), and Pacific Paint (Boysen) Philippines communications manager Ramil Mendoza (7th from left, seated).
The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) recognized 30 scholars who graduated this year during the 18th Graduates’ Forum, held last June 25 at the Metrobank Plaza in Makati City. This year’s graduates are recipients of the MBFI-Youth for Excellence and Service (YES), MBFI-Boysen, and Fluor-MBFI scholarship programs. Six graduated with Latin honors and were conferred with Metrobank Medals and Certificates of Academic Excellence.
The MBFI-YES scholarship program reinforces the capacity of Manila Tytana Colleges in producing high-performing potential leaders. Leading this year’s batch are Mary Ann Arcenal (BS Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude), Ann Margarette Joy Marquez (BS Information Technology, Magna Cum Laude), and Jayson Realubit (BS Accountancy, Cum Laude).
Pacific Paint (Boysen) Philippines has supported selected Architecture students from the University of the Philippines (UP)-Diliman and the University of Santo Tomas (UST) since 2005. One of their scholars, Christian Andro Madrogaba, graduated cum laude from UP Diliman this year.
Since 2001, Fluor Inc. has partnered with MBFI to help underprivileged yet deserving students obtain engineering degrees. This year, two of their scholars finished with Latin honors – Tricia May Cacho (BS Electronics and Communications Engineering, Cum Laude) from UST and Jonathan Suelo (BS Civil Engineering, Cum Laude) from Central Philippine University.
Speaking on behalf of the graduates, Arcenal expressed gratitude for the help they received, saying that, “Each of us is a product of the generous hearts of Metrobank Foundation and its partners.” Arcenal expressed her belief that, “It is only through helping others that we can thank our benefactors.”
“Metrobank Foundation believes in the potential of the Filipino youth to make a difference. Together with our partner institutions, we have provided students with access to quality education and opportunities for holistic development,” said MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña. He added, “The mark of success goes beyond earning a college degree. I hope you always remember that your achievements are accompanied by a greater responsibility to our country.”
“As part of Fluor’s commitment to the communities where we live and work, Fluor is proud to invest in programs that encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers,” said German Camigla, Fluor’s executive sponsor for community affairs in the Philippines. Ramil Mendoza, communications manager of Pacific Paint (Boysen) Philippines, challenged the graduates to pay it forward and said, “Share just as you have been privileged to accept the generosity of others.”
A series of activities followed the awarding ceremony. During “Conversations”, the scholars shared stories of their life’s journey and of the people who helped them along the way. They also outlined their future plans on vision boards to guide their next steps in life. Jaime Arcangel of the Metrobank Human Resources Management Group also facilitated a session on career direction to prepare the scholars for finding the right job. It was followed by “Crossroad Reflections,” an activity which encouraged the new graduates to use their talents and skills for God and country. An open forum on their insights and experiences in social responsibility was then facilitated by Sobrepeña.
Every year, the Foundation stages the Graduates’ Forum to recognize the academic and non- academic undertakings of its promising graduates from different scholarship programs. The day-long event also serves as an opportunity for scholars to thank their benefactors and interact with their fellow scholars.
Since 1995, the MetroGold Scholarship Program has been awarding financial grants to support deserving students through college. To date, the program has produced over 865 graduates in collaboration with its partner institutions and schools.
For more information on MBFI’s scholarship programs, please visit www.http://www.mbfoundation.org.ph.
Winners of the 2016 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC) national finals held last March 19, 2016. They were awarded by MBFI executive vice president Elvira Ong-Chan (top row, 4th from left), MBFI vice chairman Dr. Placido L. Mapa, Jr. (top row, 5th from left), Ateneo de Manila professor Dr. Queena Lee-Chua (top row, 6th from left), MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña (top row, 7th from left), and MTAP president Sr. Iluminada Coronel, FMM (top row, 8th from left). First placers for Grade 6 (top row) are Enrico Rolando Martinez (1st from left), Jan Cedrick Quintin (2nd from left), and Frederick Ivan Tan (3rd from left). The Grade 10 first placers (top row) are Elijamin Wolfgang Claveria (1st from right) and Kyle Patrick Dulay (2nd from right).The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), the Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP), and the Department of Education (DepEd) awarded the winners of the 2016 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC) National Finals, held last March 19, 2016 at the Metrobank Plaza Auditorium in Makati City.
Out of more than 1,200 students who competed in the regional finals nationwide, 50 students from 16 public and 13 private schools successfully met the “hurdle rate” in their scores leading them to advance in the final leg of the MMC.
The national finals showcased the mathematical competence of Grades 6 and 10 students who competed in individual and team categories, respectively. The challenge consisted of solving complex mathematical problems within 15 seconds through mental calculation and another round of 30-second and one-minute questions using pen and paper calculation. Answers were sent to the judges’ computer from contestants’ tablet computers immediately after the intended time allotment. The judges checked the answers on their tablet computer with “correct” and” wrong” buttons to directly indicate which contestant/s got the correct answer. The questionnaires were also posted real-time on MMC’s Facebook page to engage online users during the conduct of the competition.
Out of the 29 competing schools, 11 have produced their 1st ever national finalist. They are Kalalake Elementary School – Center of Excellence (Olongapo City), College of the Holy Spirit of Tarlac (Tarlac City), Calamba Elementary School (Calamba, Laguna), Guinobatan West Central School (Guinobatan, Albay), Infant Jesus Academy (Kalibo, Aklan), Sisters of Mary School-Boystown, Inc. (Minglanilla, Cebu), Gabaldon Central School (Abuyog, Leyte), Polomolok Central Elementary School (Polomolok, South Cotabato), Bayugan Central Elementary School SPED Center (Bayugan City, Agusan Del Sur), Bangkal Elementary School Main (Makati City), Pamplona Elementary School (Las Piñas City), and Philadelphia High School (Quezon City).
Winners were awarded by Guest of Honor Dr. Queena Lee-Chua, 2003 MBFI Outstanding Teacher and full professor at the Ateneo de Manila University Mathematics Department, who also delivered an inspirational message before the young audience; MBFI president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña; and MTAP president Sr. Illuminada C. Coronel, F.M.M. They were joined by MBFI executive vice president Elvira Ong-Chan and vice chairman Dr. Placido L. Mapa, Jr.
Jan Cedrick Quintin of Mother Goose Special School System (Urdaneta City) was the first placer in the Grade 6 Individual Competition, while Rikka Grace Sombiro of Solomon Integrated School de Iloilo (Iloilo City) and Keeean Nathaniel Tang of Uno High School (City Manila) were second and third placers, respectively.
For the Grade 6 Team Competition, Enrico Rolando Martinez and Frederick Ivan Tan of Xavier School (San Juan City) were the 1st placers. John Regulus Michael Dipasupil and Mark Ranielle Cueto of Saint Bridget College (Batangas City) placed 2nd while Matt Brycen Ferrer and Jan Cedrick Quintin of Mother Goose Special School System (Urdaneta City) were 3rd.
For the Grade 10 Individual Competition, Kyle Patrick Dulay of Philippine Science High School-Main Campus (Quezon City) was the 1st placer, while Luke Matthews Bernardo of Philadelphia High School (Quezon City) settled at 2nd and Errol John Suarez of Aquinas University of Legazpi Science High School (Legazpi City) placed 3rd.
In the Grade 10 Team Competition, Elijamin Wolfgang Claveria and Kyle Patrick Dulay of Philippine Science High School-Main Campus (Quezon City) were the 1st placers. Shannon Gail Ho and Xavier Jefferson Ray Go of Zamboanga Chong Hua High School (Zamboanga City) placed 2nd while Vince Jan Torres and Mikhaella Layos of Sta. Rosa Science and Technology High School (Sta. Rosa City, Laguna) were 3rd.
Sobrepeña congratulated the winners for “daring to do better and succeeding in defying expectations”. He underscored the competition’s impact on the youth, saying that, “Looking back at the last 15 years of the Metrobank Math Challenge, we are proud to note that indeed, it has raised the bar of mathematical competence among elementary and high school students”.
National winners received 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 in the Grade 6 category while P50,000 was given to the 1st placer, P40,000 for the 2nd placer and P30,000 for the 3rd placer in the Grade 10 category amounting to a total of P540,000 worth of cash prizes. Half of the cash prize received by the winners has allowed them to open an account through the Metrobank Fun Savers Club, a special savings account designed for kids 17 years and below. Fun activities and gift items being offered by the product encourage young members to save.
Meanwhile, all national finalists also received Mathew Plush Toy, a doll inspired by the official mascot of MMC, as well as other giveaways sponsored by Casio Philippines, Manila Tytana Colleges, GSIS, and Anvil Publishing, Inc.
Now on its 15th year, the annual Math Challenge produces national winners who get to compete and eventually win in international competitions. Among them is Farrell Eldrian S. Wu, first placer in the Individual Category for Grade 6 of the 2012 MMC, who got a perfect score in the 2012 Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) participated by around 500,000 contestants from over 30 countries worldwide. Carmela S. Lao, 1st placer in the Individual Category for 4th Year of the 2011 MMC, also reaped a silver medal in the 51st International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), becoming the first Filipina to do so and the country’s second silver medal after 20 years.