Ten teachers from across the country were given nationwide recognition for doing what they do best and for loving the profession to bits.
Teachers from public schools dominated this year’s awardees stressing the point that limited teaching resources need not result to mediocre output.
Eight public school teachers from the elementary and secondary levels, including one professor each from the University of the Philippines-Manila and the University of Santo Tomas emerged as winners in the 2011 Metrobank Foundation Search for Outstanding Teachers.
Panabo City, Davao Del Norte and Tiaong, Quezon produced their first outstanding teacher awardees in this year’s Search.
The winners from the elementary category are: Marcela E. Jingco of Angeles Elementary School (Angeles City); Lora E. Añar of Bukidnon State University (Malaybalay City); Dr. Teodora D. Conde of Andres Bonifacio Elementary School (Sta. Cruz, Manila); and Djhoane C. Aguilar of Panabo Central Elementary School (Panabo City).
Winners from the secondary category are: Dr. Chelo C. Tangan of Cagayan National High School (Tuguegarao City); Buenaventura D. Luces of Lusacan National High School (Tiaong, Quezon); Vilma C. Ambat of Baguio City National High School (Baguio City); and Maricel S. Franco of Nueva Vizcaya General Comprehensive High School (Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya).
Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the selection of the winners each year has proved that we have no shortage of mentors who wholeheartedly share to the next generation of Filipinos their wealth of knowledge and love for learning. He added: “ Outstanding Filipino teachers, I assure you, can stand shoulder to shoulder with the world’s best.”
Dr. Jericho Thaddeus P. Luna of the University of the Philippines-Manila (UPM) and Dr. Allan B. De Guzman of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) are the awardees for the higher education category.
“Humbling is the discovery, year upon year of the Search, of the selfless commitment and courage of these exemplary educators to withstand challenges in order to nurture the minds and the hearts of our young students,” said Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña. “Our utmost admiration goes to all the awardees, for even in the busiest cities or remotest barangays, they selflessly fulfill their vocation in cognitively, affectively, and behaviorally preparing the youth of our country,” he continued.
The winners were selected from 175 nominees coming from various public and private educational institutions in the Philippines, of which 40 qualified as regional finalists. The regional finalists underwent interviews and teaching demonstrations before the members of the preliminary board of judges identified top performers for each category. Twenty (20) of the regional finalists were then selected to become the national finalists.
The national finalists then faced the Final Board of Judges for this year’s Search co-chaired by Senator Loren B. Legarda and Associate Justice Martin S. Villarama, Jr. of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. Also serving as judges were: Congressman Lorenzo R. Tañada III of the 4th District of Quezon Province; Governor Carlos Jericho L. Petilla of the Province of Leyte; Singaporean Ambassador to the Philippines His Excellency A Selverajah; Far Eastern University (FEU) president Dr. Lydia B. Echauz; and PTV broadcast journalist Veronica Baluyut-Jimenez.
This year’s Outstanding Teachers, together with the winners of the Search for the Country’s Outstanding Policemen in Service (COPS) and the Search for The Outstanding Philippine Soldires (TOPS), were conferred with gold medallions and plaques by His Excellency President Benigno Aquino in Malacañang Palace. They were presented with plaques and a total cash prize close to Php 10 million for the three (3) Searches. They will also be presented in the formal awarding ceremonies during Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company’s anniversary celebration on September 5, 2011.
This year’s winners will join the rank of 296 Outstanding Teachers who have been honored by the Foundation since 1985. They automatically become members of the Network of Outstanding Teachers and Educators or NOTED, an honor society of outstanding teachers committed to nurturing a culture of excellence and service among educators through professional development, publications, research, and advocacy in active partnership with government and non-government organizations.