YEARS in SERVICE/PERFORMANCE EVALUATION: Teachers, soldiers, and police officers who are eligible to join must have rendered a minimum 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. The award is for active personnel and is not a posthumous award.
- 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.
- Qualified PNP commissioned officers (Police Inspector to Police Senior Superintendent) and non-commissioned officers (PO2 to SPO4) must have completed a Bachelor’s Degree.
CHARACTER RECORD: All interested applicants must have exhibited good moral character and must not have been charged guilty in any administrative, civil, or criminal case.
Past winners of the Metrobank Foundation Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT), The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS), and Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS) are not eligible to be nominated again. However, past finalists of these 3 Searches, provided they meet the basic eligibility criteria, can still join.