The 18th Congress adopted Senate Resolution No. 838 entitled “Honoring and Commending the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos of 2021.” Senator Maria Lourdes Nancy Binay-Angeles, sponsor of the resolution and chairperson of the Final Board of Judges for the 2021 Search said “It is but fitting that we in the Senate properly recognize our awardees as our partner in the information building and thank them for going beyond expectations and continuing to serve the people, Amid all the confusion and uncertainty that we are experiencing collectively, we can benefit from being reminded of the kind of grit and spirit that we all are capable of.”
The Search for the next batch of Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos commences as Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) launched the 2022 Award thru a virtual event on November 5, 2021. The annual excellence recognition program honors exemplary Filipino teachers, soldiers, and police officers whose contributions in their professional service and respective communities are worthy of emulation.
At its core, the COVID-19 pandemic is a humanitarian crisis. Behind the losses in productivity and economic activity are millions of people who have lost their income, have been displaced or left isolated by lockdown measures, and — worst of all — have suffered losses or died because of the virus.
The National Teachers’ Month (NTM) celebration from September 5 to October 5 once again rallied the Filipino public to pay tribute to educators who ensure that learning never stops amid the disruptions brought by the prolonged health crisis. On its 13th year, the campaign sustained the theme “I teach for a better future” as a nod to the dedication of teachers, mentors, and coaches to bridge gaps and push for the continuity of quality instruction.
As one of the highlights of Metrobank’s 59th-anniversary celebration, a special virtual conferment ceremony of the 2021 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos was held on September 2, 2021. The 2021 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos composed of four (4) teachers, three (3) soldiers, and three (3) police officers each received one million pesos cash prize, a gold medallion, and ‘The Flame’ trophy.
The 2021 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos have been introduced to the public during a virtual press conference held on August 6, 2021. As a career-service award for Filipino exemplars in the academe, military, and police sectors—ten (10) Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos are recognized composed of 4 teachers, 3 soldiers, and 3 police officers. Each awardee will be awarded with a cash prize of PhP 1 million each (net of tax), a golden medallion, and “The Flame” trophy during the conferment ceremonies on September 2 as part of Metrobank’s 59th anniversary celebration.
The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) bagged the Top Division Award for its 40th anniversary celebration “Puso at Sigasig” in the recent 18th Philippine Quill Awards. The Top Division Award was chosen among entries which received the Quill Award of Excellence under the Communication Skills Category. Under this category, awardees are recognized for their demonstrated technical skills such as writing, editing, design, and multimedia production, combined with innovation and creativity.” Organized by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Philippines, the Philippine Quill Awards is a showcase of bright ideas, groundbreaking concepts, marvelous executions, and resounding results. The 18th Philippine Quill Awards was held virtually last March 25, 2021.
It is often said that one should not go to battle unarmed. In the long-drawn fight against COVID-19, knowing which tools to wield in response is critical: Rear Admiral Alberto “Abet” B. Carlos has thus chosen prudence, expertise, and effective leadership. These are the qualities which he exercises daily as the current Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics (J4) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), as well as Chairperson of the Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committees for the Frigate and Anti-Submarine Helicopters Acquisition Projects. These are the same qualities he was recognized for as a 2014 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Soldier and 2019 Metrobank Foundation Award for Continuing Excellence and Service (ACES) recipient.
PBGen. Sermonia, 2003 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino and 2019 Metrobank Foundation Award for Continuing Excellence and Service (ACES) recipient, has long made community empowerment as his lifelong advocacy. “I believe that people’s mobilization is an important trust-building mechanism in thrusting a successful drive against criminality, terrorism, substance abuse, and, corruption,” he said.
Ingenuity must thrive inside and outside the classroom and, even, amidst crisis. This is the wisdom that Ms. Ma. Regaele A. Olarte, 2016 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino Teacher, strives to sustain, especially now as she, her students, and co-teachers find themselves at the center of changes due to the pandemic.