Excellence Awards

The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS)

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About the Program

The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers is an annual Search jointly undertaken by the Rotary Club of Makati Metro and the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. The Search is the realization of the shared conviction of the Rotary Club of Makati Metro and the Metrobank Foundation to honor excellence among the men and women in the military as an expression of the civilian sector’s appreciation and gratitude for our soldiers’ selfless acts of gallantry in preserving our nation’s sovereignty.

In many respects, the current T.O.P.S. is a fusion of the rich experience of the Rotary Club of Makati Metro in conducting an annual search for outstanding soldiers since 1994 and the long tradition of technical and logistical expertise of the Metrobank Foundation in conducting the Search for Outstanding Teachers for more than twenty years. Whereas before, the Search focused on individual achievements within a single year in particular areas of expertise such as Combat, Technical Innovation and Community Service, T.O.P.S. now recognizes the total contribution of our soldiers during the entirety of their career in the military. Thus, winning in T.O.P.S. sets apart the awardees from ordinary soldiers as they serve as models of excellence, professionalism, integrity and nobility in the military services. As a distinguished batch, the winners do not anymore compete with their colleagues in future Searches. 

Two Enlisted Personnel and one Commissioned Officer from each of the three military branches, namely the Philippine Army, the Philippine Navy and the Philippine Air Force, will be selected as winners. One winner will also be declared from the Technical Support Group of the military, i.e. the medical corps, the corps of professors and the Judge Advocate Group Office.

The T.O.P.S. is supported through a ten million endowment fund set up by Metrobank and Metrobank Foundation Chairman George S. K. Ty in 1999.

For more information about the search, please call 898-8757 and look for Hero Hernandez or Third Salang.