Belmonte to award 177 public school graduates

Published April 5, 2018, 2:38 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Chito Chavez

Quezon City Vice-Mayor Joy Belmonte will award 177 graduating public school students who have shown devotion in providing selfless service to their schools and communities.

Quezon City Vice-Mayor Joy Belmonte. (Mark Balmores/MANILA BULLETIN)
Quezon City Vice-Mayor Joy Belmonte. (Mark Balmores/MANILA BULLETIN)

Thirty graduates from secondary schools and 147 from the elementary level are the recipients of the “Joy of Public Service” Award for School Year 2017-2018.

Each awardee will receive a medal, a special certificate, and P2,000 cash gift from the Office of the Vice Mayor.

“The point of the award is to recognize the most service-oriented students. So ito yung mga bata na nagpa-practice ng volunteerism, ito yung mga bata na active sa mga iba-ibang organizations na may relevance sa kabataan, like socially relevant organizations or environmentally relevant organizations. Ito rin yung mga batang kusang loob nanagtatrabaho, naglilingkod at tumutulong na walang kapalit (These are the kids who practice volunteerism, these are the kids who are active in various organizations with relevance to the youth like socially relevant organizations or environmentally relevant organizations. These are also the kids who voluntarily work, serve and help without any compensation),” the vice mayor said.

Belmonte has been going around the city’s public schools to attend commencement exercises and personally hand out the award to selected students.

Now on its 7th year, the award recognizes students who have demonstrated the value of “service above self” and have “shown exemplary commitment to the service of the school, its communities and its students.”

Also, the awardees must have also shown interest and genuine concern on social issues such as environmental protection and children’s rights and welfare.

“I believe that the basis for good leadership is not high grades, but the ability, capacity or willingness to serve the community. The award doesn’t go to the student with the highest grade; it goes to the one who has the most selfless heart,” Belmonte pointed out.

A candidate for Joy of Public Service Award should pass the five criteria set by the Office of the Vice Mayor and Schools Division Office-Quezon City of the Department of Education (DepEd)-National Capital Region; he or she does not necessarily need to be an honor student.

The Joy of Public Service Award is one of Belmonte’s programs in encouraging and helping students to do better in their studies.

Education, above anything else, will be her priority if she gets elected as the next city mayor, according to Belmonte.

With a population of over three million and having the largest land area in Metro Manila, Belmonte said Quezon City’s continued economic progress lies mainly on its most important resources – the people.

Similar to providing them with livelihood opportunities to improve their economic standing, Belmonte pointed out it is equally important that the people be given access to quality education, particularly the youth who will inherit the city.