For the exemplary and selfless commitment of teachers in -shaping the minds of Filipino learners, the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. lauded ten of the most exemplary educators in the 2016 Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT), and all those in the teaching profession during the National Teachers’ Month (NTM) Media Launch on September 8, 2016 at the DepEd Central Office in Pasig City.
Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said, “Even in the farthest islands or in the highest mountain tops, in slumps or in the most beautiful places, there will always be a teacher, faithfully teaching the students.”
“In any society, teachers are the most influential individuals whose impact has resonated across generations. They inspire men and women to realize their potentials by becoming productive citizens, who build communities and nations,” Aniceto Sobrepeña, President of the Metrobank Foundation and Co-Chairperson of the NTM Council, said.
The winners of the 2016 SOT were awarded with P500,000 each, and will be honored by the Senate, the Congress, Vice President Leni Robredo, and President Rodrigo Duterte.
The Elementary Competition winners are Winona Diola from De La Salle Santiago Zobel School; Rujealyn Cancino from Lingayen I Central School; Josephine Chonie Obseñares from Butuan City Special Education Center; and Arnol Rosales from Francisco Melgar Memorial School.
For the Secondary Competition, the winners are Dr. Roy Basa from Negros Occidental High School; Nelson Agoyaoy from University of the East-Caloocan Elementary and High School Department; Ma. Regaele Olarte from Muntinlupa National High School; and Dr. Katherine Faith Bustos from Nueva Vizcaya General Comprehensive High School.
University of the Philippines-Diliman’s Dr. Ernelea Cao and Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology’s Dr. Mark Anthony Torres are the winners in the Higher Education Competition.
“I learned to deepen my understanding and reach out to my students, no matter how difficult the task is,” Josephine Chonie Obseñares said during the winners’ brief courtesy call with the DepEd officials and Metrobank Foundation representatives. “My genuine love for my profession made me count not the cost of my labor, but the extent of my service,” she added.
“This recognition has inspired me to persevere and serve in the teaching profession with much dedication and loyalty, and to make a huge difference in the lives of underprivileged students to help them reach their potentials,” Dr. Roy Basa, one of the winners said.
“To my fellow teachers, I hope you will continue to keep the spirit and commitment [in the teaching profession] in your hearts,” Basa added.
Another highlight of the media launch was the unveiling of the 2016 NTM Stamp of the Philippine Postal Corporation.
DepEd Secretary Briones expressed her support for this effort and conveyed her hopes to increase the number of winners in the coming years.
The Search for Outstanding Teachers is conducted annually, for more than 30 years now, by the Metrobank Foundation in partnership with the DepEd and the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd).
source: Deped Website / 09/13/2016