THE Department of Education (DepEd) lauded four educators who made it to Metrobank Foundation Inc.’s list of (MBFI) Most Outstanding Filipinos.
The four — Dr. Dorothy Tarol, a master teacher at Special Education-Integrated School for Exceptional Children in Iloilo City; Dr. Cristina Cristobal, a special science teacher at the Philippine Science High School in Quezon City; Dr. Ricardo Jose, a professor at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman in Quezon City; and Dr. Eva Maria Cutiongco-de la Paz, a professor at UP-Manila — will be awarded in September.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones extended her gratitude to the four teachers.
“On behalf of the Department of Education, I salute you for your unwavering commitment and dedication to the noble mission of raising and nurturing lifelong learners,” she said.
Tarol was cited for championing inclusive education through her research that was designed to enhance basic literacy skills of learners with hearing impairment.
Cristobal was honored for promoting Philippine history via a method that encourages hands-on experience with the use of primary sources.
Jose was honored for being the country’s foremost scholar on World War 2 in the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific.
Cutiongco-de la Paz was lauded for her prolific work on clinical genetics and shedding light on genetic disorders.
Aside from the four teachers, the MBFI will also award three soldiers and three police officers.
Awardees from the military are Master Sgt. Ramil Caporas of the Philippine Army, who was recognized for developing an improvised explosive; Maj. Romulo Dimayuga 2nd of the Philippine Marines, who was honored for successful counter-communist insurgency efforts; Lt. Col. John Paul Baldomar,who was dubbed the “Community and Organizational Transformation Warrior” of the Armed Forces.
From the police, the awardees are Chief Master Sgt. Marsha Agustin, who was recognized for her social work and contribution in the issuance of a manual widely used by police personnel when handling human trafficking cases; Maj. Robert Reyes, whose expertise in cybercrime investigation was lauded; and Col. Edwin Quilates, provincial director of the Batangas Provincial Police Office. Quilates devised a system that mobilizes local forces in arresting criminals, decreasing the crime rate in the province.
Each of the awardees will receive P1 million, a golden medallion and a trophy on September 4 during Metrobank’s 57th anniversary.