4 teachers named Outstanding Filipinos

Published August 9, 2019, 9:36 AM

by AJ Siytangco

By Merlina Hernando-Malipot 

For rendering service above and beyond their call of duty, four teachers were among this year’s “Outstanding Filipinos,” the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) has announced.

Dorothy S. Tarol, Ph.D., Ricardo T. Jose, Ph.D., Eva Maria C. Cutiongco-Dela Paz, M.D., and Cristina B. Cristobal, Ph.D. (Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) / MANILA BULLETIN)
Dorothy S. Tarol, Ph.D., Ricardo T. Jose, Ph.D., Eva Maria C. Cutiongco-Dela Paz, M.D., and Cristina B. Cristobal, Ph.D.
(Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) / MANILA BULLETIN)

In a press conference in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, the MBFI officially announced the 10 awardees of the 2019 Metrobank Foundation Search for Outstanding Filipino among which were teachers, soldiers, and police officers.

Of the four teacher-awardees, one is an elementary teacher, one is teaching at the secondary level, and two from the higher education level.

The awardees are Dorothy Tarol, SPED teacher and guidance counselor from the Special Education-Integrated School for Exceptional Children (Iloilo City); Cristina Cristobal, Special Science Teacher V from Philippine Science High School Main Campus (Quezon City); Eva Maria Cutiongco-De La Paz of the University of the Philippines Manila (City of Manila); and Ricardo Jose of the University of the Philippines Diliman (Quezon City).

As a prestigious career-service award for Filipino exemplars in the academe, military, and police sectors, the 2019 Metrobank Foundation’s Outstanding Filipinos recognized four teachers, three soldiers, and three police officers.

MBFI President Aniceto Sobreprena explained that the awardees were chosen after months of months of thorough document review, background check, and verification of accomplishments in both professional and community service.

As the foundation celebrates its 40th founding anniversary this year, Sobrepena noted the “call to recognize excellence resonates truer than ever.” He added that the Foundation will continue to “sustain our commitment to honor exemplary servants – whose stories inspire action and whose contributions represent the best in our people.”

Sobrepena noted that each awardee will receive a cash prize of 1 million pesos each, a gold medallion, and The Flame trophy during the formal conferment ceremonies this coming September 4 at the Metrobank Plaza, Makati City.

Asked what excellence means to them, the awardees all agreed that is best exemplified by doing more than what is asked. For Cristobal, this means “public service” by helping the community in every possible opportunity. For Cutiongco-dela Paz, “it is finding your passion.”

Guided by the theme “Beyond Excellence,” the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos are recognized for “rendering service above and beyond their call of duty.” Their accomplishments must have “inspired and influenced their peers, as well as the people in their respective communities.” Likewise, the awardees’ works must have “transformed a community with a lasting positive impact on people and the country.” A total of 18 finalists were selected among 240 nominations. The finalists will then face the Final Board of Judges — a multi-sectoral jury — in a panel interview.

Other awardees are Master Sergeant Ramil Caparas; Major Romulo Dimayuga; Lieutenant Colonel John Paulo Baldomar for the soldiers category and Police Chief Master Marsha Agustin; Police Major Robert Reyes; and Police Colonel Edwin Quilates for the police officers category.

This year’s awardees will be included in the roster of 665 Outstanding Filipinos recognized by Metrobank since 1985.

Originally, six teachers — four from basic education and two from higher education — were named as finalists in the search. Other finalists from basic education include Jennifer Cataluña, Teacher III from Tambo Central School (Iligan City) and Amando Perfecto Molin, teacher and Science and Mathematics Coordinator from South Hill School, Inc. (Los Baños, Laguna); and Cristina Cristobal, Special Science Teacher V from Philippine Science High School Main Campus (Quezon City).
Earlier, Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones also expressed her gratitude to all the teachers who “go the extra mile in serving the Filipino learners and giving them a chance at a brighter future.”

The Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos is held in partnership with DepEd, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), and other partners.

 
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