By CET DEMATERA
LEGAZPI CITY—Some P2.1-million cash incentives as well as plaques and certificates were awarded on Friday, Dec. 17 to 27 awardees and qualifiers in the Gawad Albay sa Edukasyon 2010 ceremonies held at the Albay Astrodome this city.
Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, who first implemented the education enhancement program in 2008 under the program Education Quality for Albayanos (EQUAL), said that this year’s search was the biggest as it was already participated by over 70 awardees and qualifiers.
“This means that our main objective of providing Albayanos with quality education is gradually gaining support from the various sectors of our society,” Salceda told Bikol Reporter.
Salceda said that the total of 27 awardees and 49 qualifiers all received cash incentives ranging from P3,000 to P200,000 each, depending on the categories they had participated in.
Dr. Rowena Ondiz, chief of Albay’s Research and Planning Division and awarding in-charge, said the awardees came from four categories:student excellence in academics and leadership (SEAL); ten outstanding teachers of Albay (TOTAL); three outstanding principals in the countryside of Albay (TROPICAL); and Kadunong LGU with best practices in education.
SEAL’s ten awardees received P20,000 each; TOTAL’s awardees received P100,000 each; TROPICAL’s three awardees got P100,000 each; and Kadunong LGU’s most outstanding bagged P200,000; outstanding, P100,000; and special recognition, P75,000.
Student awardees were Rhod Jeran Sabater, of Polangui Comprehensive High School(PGCHS); John Eulo Bas, of Tabaco National High School(TNHS); Jessa Marie Monzon, of Marcial O. Rañola Memorial School (MORMS); Micah Madrelejos, PGCHS; Andre Nico Belen, of Ligao National High School (LNHS); Kimberly Rapirap, of St. Michael Academy; Roland Francis Dacillo, TNHS; Antonette Reburiano, PGCHS; Shaira Orogo, MORMS; and Aaron Castillo, of Legazpi City Science High School LCSHS).
Teacher awardees were Michelle M. Damiel,LCSHS; Diana L. Desuyo, of Bicol Regional Science High School (BRSHS); Sixto O. Orzales, of Albay Central School (ACS); Leopoldo C. Brizuela Jr., LNHS; Nora J. Laguda, MORMS; Shirley M. Rustria, of Oas North Central School (ONCS); Hazel C. Asejo, of Aquinas University of Legazpi Science High School (AUL-LSHS; Ruben B. Cenita, AUL-LSHS; Roger B. Bañal, TNHS; and Nancy M. Aguda, ACS.
The three school principal awardees were Dr. Norma B. Orozco, of Pagasa National High School (PNHS); Rhodie H. Quirab, of Ligao East Central Elementary School (LECES); and Carmen J. Beldad, ACS.
Most outstanding LGU awardee was Tiwi Mayor Jaime C. Villanueva; outstanding awardees were Libon Mayor Agnes Dycoco and Tabaco City Mayor Krisel Lagman-Luistro. Also given special mention award was Manito Mayor Caesar Daep.
Ondiz said that aside from the major awards, the finalists also received P5,000 to P10,000 each; and qualifiers P3,000 to P5,000 each, depending on the categories they were nominated in.
“Gov. Salceda wants that all those who signified interest in joining the education enhancement contests receive prizes,” Ondiz told Bikol Reporter.
Orozco, a principal awardee, said that she was very happy to be given such recognition even before she retires from teaching.
“Just do good for the benefit of the majority. This is what I always follow in all my undertakings as a public school teacher,” Orozco said.
Orzales said that he considered the award as an early big Christmas gift and an affirmation that good and dedicated public service could be done by anyone.
“I consider this as an early big Christmas gift which made my parents, friends and mentors also very happy. This is also an affirmation that I could make a difference in my chosen career,” Orzales said.
With its expanded education programs and activities, Albay had created the Provincial Education Department (PET)and initially funded it with some P170-million.