Honda Philippines launched the Supremo Hero Award, a search and formal recognition program to identify the new generation of Honda tricycle driver heroes in the Philippines.
The initiative reinforces the advocacy of the second-generation TMX Supremo and Honda Philippines as a whole to recognize and pay tribute to the modern-day Filipino tricycle drivers, who have shown exemplary traits to become models and inspiring examples for their peers, their family and the community to emulate and really be proud of.
Honda Philippines made the Supremo Hero Award open to all tricycle operators and drivers associations and nomination by each association for one of the their members who meets the criteria that include being a family man, selfless, helpful, kind, dependable, hard-working, courageous, active in socio-civic undertakings in the community, and puts the safety and interests of his passengers, his peers, the association, and the community ahead of his especially in times of need.
After a rigid and thorough screening process, Honda Philippines has named its first Supremo Hero awardee in 55-year-old Rogelio Parungao, a tricycle driver from Marikina City.
Marikina City is one of the flood-prone areas in Metro Manila, especially during typhoons and weather disturbances. Rogelio is one to rush to people in need of assistance, especially those trapped by rampaging floods, bringing them safely to evacuation centers. Yet, what made Rogelio more deserving of the honor is when he acted as a real-life hero by bringing suspects of a recent crime to the authorities, risking his own life in the process.
Rogelio is married to 42-year-old Elsie, and father to two children – 10-year-old Luis Angelo, and 8-year-old Charmaine. He has been driving a tricycle for the last 23 years.