Four teachers, three soldiers and three police officers comprise the 2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos.
Established in 1985, the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino Awards are career service awards steered by the value of “Beyond Excellence” and raises the bar of excellence in the respective fields of the honorees.
Held in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), PSBank, Rotary Club of Makati Metro, and the Rotary Club of New Manila East, the program has awarded a total of 665 Outstanding Filipinos to date.
Recipients of the 2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino Award for Teachers are Dorothy Tarol, Ph.D., Master Teacher 2, Special Education-Integrated School for Exceptional Children (SPED-ISEC) (Iloilo City); Cristina Cristobal, Ph.D., Special Science Teacher 5, Philippine Science High School Main Campus (Quezon City); Ricardo Jose, Ph.D. Professor 12, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines Diliman (Quezon City); Eva Maria Cutiongco-Dela Paz, M.D., Professor 10, College of Medicine, University of the Philippines Manila (City of Manila).
Recipients of the 2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino Award for Soldiers are Master Sergeant Ramil Caporas PA, Team Supervisor, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, Army Support Command, Philippine Army, Camp Servillano Aquino (Tarlac City); Major Romulo Dimayuga 2nd PN (M), Former Operations and Training Officer, Force Reconnaissance Group (formerly Marine Special Operations Group), Headquarters Philippine Marine Corps, Fort Bonifacio (Taguig City); Lieutenant Colonel John Paul Baldomar PA, Chief, Current Operations Branch, Internal Security Operations Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Camp Aguinaldo (Quezon City).
Outstanding Filipino Award for Police Officers recipients are Police Chief Master Sergeant Marsha Agustin, RSW, Investigator, Women and Children Protection Center, Philippine National Police Headquarters, Camp Crame (Quezon City); Police Major Robert Reyes, Technical Support Officer, Counter Intelligence Task Force, Philippine National Police Headquarters, Camp Brigadier General Rafael T. Crame, Quezon City; Police Colonel Edwin Quilates, Provincial Director, Batangas Police Provincial Office, Camp Miguel Malvar (Batangas City).
The awardees underwent a rigorous selection process and were chosen from hundreds of nominations. Among the teachers, Tarol is cited for championing inclusive education especially through her action research designed to enhance basic literacy skills of learners with hearing impairment while Cristobal is honored for promoting Philippine history among her students through an approach that encourages hands-on experience with the use of primary sources.
Jose is acclaimed for being the country’s foremost scholar on the World War 2 in the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific. And Cutiongco-Dela Paz stood out for her prolific work on clinical genetics and shedding light on genetic disorders.
As far as the soldiers are concerned, Caporas is lauded for developing an improvised explosive instrumental to the successful operations during the Marawi siege. Dimayuga is feted for his role in the successful counter-communist insurgency efforts in areas formerly associated with high insurgency rate while Baldomar is recognized for his leadership in his organization’s transformation journey.
Among the police officers, Agustin integrated social work in her profession and co-authored the manual widely used by the country’s police forces when handling human trafficking cases. Reyes is credited for his expertise in cybercrime investigation and his efforts to equip his peers with the knowledge on trafficking in person intelligence and investigation while initiated a strategy that effectively mobilizes local forces, leading to the successful arrests of notorious criminals and resulting to lower crime rate in his province.
Each awardee will be receive a cash prize of P1 million each (net of tax), a golden medallion, and “The Flame” trophy during the formal conferment ceremonies on September 4 at the Metrobank Plaza in Makati City as part of Metrobank’s 57th anniversary celebration.
In presenting the honorees to the media during a press conference held on August 8 in Taguig City, Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña said that the career service awards is in response to
“The call to recognize excellence [that] resonates truer than ever as Metrobank Foundation celebrates its 40th year founding anniversary this year.
“We sustain our commitment to honor exemplary servants from the academe, military, and police sectors whose stories inspire action and whose contributions to society represent the best in our people,” Sobrepeña added.