The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) 2020 awardee Special Forces Paratrooper Capt. Ron Villarosa dedicated his award to the Filipino soldiers “in pursuit of peace and development.”
The TOYM and Junior Chamber International (JCI) Philippines cited Villarosa as an honoree for Community Development in Military Service last Jan. 23.
“This goes to all Filipino soldiers in pursuit of peace and development. Most especially, this goes as a testament to the commitment and professionalism of the men and women of the Special Forces Regiment. I’m truly honored to be part of this tribe,” Villarosa said in a statement.
The Philippine Army (PA) recognized Villarosa for his help in planning and implementing various livelihood, evacuation, education, and infrastructure programs in conflict areas.
The Army underscored that with these sustainable efforts, extremists were prevented from returning to these communities and promoted peace-building activities.
Villarosa is currently assigned to the Northern Luzon Command.
He also served as a Civil-Military Operations (CMO) Officer in the Special Forces Regiment and Joint Task Force Ranao in Mindanao.
TOYM Philippines is celebrating its 60th year in acknowledging the efforts of the country’s active young citizens in nation-building.
Other honorees include: Founder and CEO of Multisys Technologies Corp. David Lopez Almirol, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist of the World Bank Atty. Lesley Jeanne Yu Cordero, Master Teacher 1 of the Department of Education Edgar Tolentino Elago, Co-founder of DBDYC Inc. Angkas’ George Ilagan Royeca, Director of the National Telehealth Center Dr. Raymond Francis Rapal Sarmiento, and Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto.
“This year 2020, we received around a hundred nominations and our Board of Judges chose these outstanding individuals who excelled in their respective fields and inspired people by doing great works to the community,” the TOYM Philippines said in a Facebook post.