By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
The Department of Education (DepEd), in partnership with Fortune Life Insurance Co. Inc. and Marylindbert International, recently recognized the unwavering efforts of teachers and education leaders through the Ambassador Antonio L. Cabangon Chua Gintong Parangal Para saEdukasyon (Guro at Pamumuno).
The recognition aimed to honor the “exemplary deeds of educators;propagate the value of hard work, discipline and dedication, and effective educational leadership and excellence in the teaching profession.”
In the Guro category, the awardees are teachers, principal, and supervisor who manifested profound commitment and dedication to service in line with the “Values of Hard Work and Discipline” Advocacy of Fortune Life and its partners.
The “Guro” awardees included: Sarah Handang (Supervisor, Division of Zamboanga City); Dr. Rene Rose Labasan (Master Teacher II, San Juan Elementary School, Nueva Vizcaya); Dominic Ocampo (Master Teacher II – Alternative Learning System (ALS), Benito R. Villar Memorial School, Oriental Mindoro); Darwin Tadifa (Master Teacher II – ALS, Tubungan Central Elementary School, Iloilo); and Cesar Valondo (Principal IV, Fortunato F. Halili National Agricultural School, Bulacan).
Meanwhile, the honorable mentions under said category were: Jerry Cruz (Supervisor, Division of Bulacan); EdnalynFajardo (Teacher – ALS Coordinator, Pulungmasle Elementary School, Pampanga); and JinabellePrieto (Master Teacher II, Francisco Benitez Elementary School, Manila).
The awardees in the “Pamumuno” category are Schools Division Superintendents (SDS), Assistant Schools Division Superintendents (ASDS) and Division Administrative Officers who showed exemplary efforts in the area of positive leadership, hard work, and discipline. Recognized were Dr. Denizon Domingo (OIC-SDS, Division of Tuguegarao City); Dr. Evangeline Ladines (SDS, Division of Pasay City); Dr. Joel Lopez (SDS, Division of Laoag City); Dr. Orlando Manuel (OIC-SDS, Division of Quirino); and Dr. Cecilia Valderama (OIC-SDS, Bulacan).
DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones conveyed her gratitude to the officials and representatives of Fortune Life and Marylindbert for acknowledging the “selfless commitments of teachers and education leaders in raising lifelong learners through these awards.”
Briones also congratulated all the awardees and underscored their vital contributions in “ensuring the delivery of quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating education for all.”
The awardees received cash prize, trophy, and national certificate of recognition.