House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Wednesday led lawmakers in giving recognition to 10 awardees
of the 2017 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos who were chosen on the basis of their exemplary contribution to the academe, armed forces, and police sectors.
It also qualifies the awardee
and his or her dependents priority in job and housing applications as well as exemptions in paying school or university tuition fees, among others.
One should live life for oneself but a small part of it should be dedicated to others," said Sindhutai Sapakal, a noted social worker and one of the awardees
She urged the awardees
to become an example for other functionaries and to motivate them to deliver better quality ICDS Services.
The Kaanib ng Bayan awardees
were Erlend Johannesen from Norway, Sabine Korth from Germany, Fahdel Sheikh from Pakistan, Tzu Chi Foundation from Taiwan, and Sabine Katharina Weiss from Germany.
In addition to the tangible assistance the Make Mine a $Million Business program will provide this year to 40 awardees
nationwide, it is also raising awareness for the growth challenges faced by women entrepreneurs and building a community of one million women-owned businesses dedicated to growing million-dollar enterprises by 2010.
The disciplines that the awardees
are going to pursue cover a wide spectrum, ranging from conventional ones such as natural and social sciences, arts, laws, architecture and engineering to other specialties such as archaeology, physiology and neuroscience, and disciplines of study which are currently unavailable in Hong Kong such as zoology and nuclear engineering (distribution of the awardees
by different disciplines is in the Annex).
Patricia Evangelista, TOWNS awardee
for media cited for her journalistic work that bears witness to tragedy and elicits compassion from the public, highlighted the Duterte administration's war on drugs in her acceptance speech.
This year's BDWP awardees
are younger, such as rural banker and property heiress Ingga S.
The twenty Make Mine a $Million Business awardees
, chosen from more than 500 applicants for the San Francisco event, are:
Department of Social Welfare and Development 6 Director Rebecca Geamala and Department of the Interior and Local Government 6 Director Anthony Nuyda handed over the plaques of recognition and seals to the local chief executives and representatives of LGU awardees
during the Regional Awarding and Conferment held July 4 in this city.
A dubious Medal of Valor awardee
had imposed a law recognizing Medal of Valor awardees