‘Exceptional!’: Filipino teacher from Cordillera named as among recipients of Thailand’s Princess Maha Chakri Award

Published June 13, 2021, 10:44 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

A Filipino teacher has been named as among this year’s recipients of the Princess Maha Chakri Award, a biennial international award seeking to recognize outstanding teachers from 10-nation Southeast Asian bloc and Timor Leste, who have made significant impact to students’ lives.

(DepEd Facebook Page)

The Department of Education (DepEd) announced Sunday, June 13, the feat of Marcelo T. Otinguey, who currently works as Head Teacher V of the Governor Bado Dangwa Agro-Industrial School in Benguet.

“Pagbati (Congratulations), Sir Marcelo T. Otinguey! SDO (Schools Division Office) Benguet, Cordillera Administrative Region, 2021 Princess Maha Chakri Awardee,” the DepEd said in its Facebook post on Sunday.

The Princess Maha Chakri Award (PMCA) Foundation cited Otinguey as among the outstanding teachers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Timor Leste “whose dedication and internationally recognized achievements have resulted in significant impact on the students’ lives and a better education system.”

Otinguey has a Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSEd) degree from Benguet State University and has a Master’s degree in Education-General from Baguio Central University.

The PMCA Foundation cited Otinguey for obtaining the “Certification of Recognition as School Brigada Eskwela Coordinator by the Deped Cordillera, and the Certificate of Appreciation by Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) on the video produced for the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Teach On:Keeping the Passion Alive.”

Since 2015, the PMCA Foundation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education from ASEAN and Timor Leste annually selects an outstanding teacher who is dedicated to his or her work and has resulted in significant impact on the students lives.

This year’s list of PMCA awardees also include Pengiran Haji Mohd Wahab bin Pengiran Haji Abdullah of Brunei, Norn Dary of Cambodia, Khoiriah, M.Pd. of Indonesia, Sengphet Khounpasert of Laos, Kyaw Zin Aung of Myanmar, Norhailmi Abdul Mutalib of Malaysia, Yok Joon Meng of Singapore, HA Anh Phuong of Vietnam, Pratin Leanchumroon of Thailand, and Vicente Marcal da Silva of Timor Leste.

The PMCA was established on the occasion of the 60th birthday anniversary of Thailand’s Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in 2015.

The award aims to honor the Thai princess for her outstanding achievements in the field of education and in the development of the quality of life, especially for the disadvantaged. Aside from giving honor to highly dedicated teachers who have made significant contributions to education and human development, the PMCA also aims to support and promote development of the teaching profession, as well as education enhancement and to strengthen international relations in the field of education.