By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
The Department of Education (DepEd) lauded the teacher-finalists for the 2019 Search for Outstanding Filipinos who go the “extra mile” to serve the Filipino learners which in turn gives them a chance at a brighter future.
“Congratulations for making it this far and may you serve as an inspiration to our 800,000 teachers all over the country,” said Education Secretary Leonor Briones in a statement after six teachers — four from basic education and two from higher education — were named as finalists of the 2019 Metrobank Foundation Search for Outstanding Filipinos.
After months of thorough document review, background check, and verification of accomplishments in both professional and community service in the semi-final stage led by the Board of Assessors and third-party validators, the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) has made the announcement of this year’s finalists.
In the basic education, the finalists are Jennifer Cataluña, Teacher III from Tambo Central School (Iligan City); Dorothy Tarol, SPED teacher and guidance counselor from the Special Education-Integrated School for Exceptional Children (Iloilo City); Amando Perfecto Molin, teacher and Science and Mathematics Coordinator from South Hill School, Inc. (Los Baños, Laguna); and Cristina Cristobal, Special Science Teacher V from Philippine Science High School Main Campus (Quezon City).
Teachers from higher education who made it to the semi-finals are Eva Maria Cutiongco-De La Paz of the University of the Philippines Manila (City of Manila); and Ricardo Jose of the University of the Philippines Diliman (Quezon City).
With the theme “Beyond Excellence,” the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos are recognized for rendering service above and beyond their call of duty. Their accomplishments must have “inspired and influenced their peers, as well as the people in their respective communities.” Likewise, their works must have “transformed a community with a lasting positive impact on people and the country.”
MBFI said that there are 18 finalists selected among 240 nominations submitted for this year’s cycle. The finalists will then face the Final Board of Judges — a multi-sectoral jury — in a panel interview. Of these 18 finalists, four teachers, three soldiers, and three police officers will be awarded as Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos who will each receive a cash prize of P1 million, a gold medallion, and a trophy during Metrobank’s 57th-anniversary celebration in September.