Outstanding Ilonggos, institutions recognized

Outstanding Ilonggos, institutions recognized

By Lilibeth A. French, Saturday 14th of April 2012

ILOILO CITY, April 14 (PIA6) -- Six Ilonggos were recognized for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the province of Iloilo in a testimonial luncheon held today at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol Lobby.

Aside from the individual achievers, three local government units, an institution and a workers’ cooperative who also brought national recognition to the province were also conferred the “Bugal sang Iloilo” award this year.

The “Bugal sang Iloilo” individual awardees are Haydee Pasuelo, Jelyn Duting, MSgt. Billy Benebile, PO2 Rina Salaya, 2nd Lt. Tom Puertollano, and Denver Cuello.

Pasuelo who is from the municipality of Calinog is a former Audit Team Leader of the provincial government named as Most Outstanding Employee of the Commission on Audit while Jelyn Duting, a postman assigned at the Banate Iloilo Post Office is a Dangal ng Bayan awardee of the Civil Service Commission.

Benebile and Salaya are both recipients of the national awards given by the Metrobank Foundation. Benebile of Balasan is one of the Ten Oustanding Philippine Soldiers in 2011 and Salaya of Maasin is one of the Outstanding Policemen also last year.

On the other hand, Puertollano whose parents are from the towns of Lambunao and Tigbauan is the valedictorian of the 2012 Bagwis Class of the Philippine Military Academy.

Cabatuan’s pride Cuello was cited for its achievement in the field of sports. He is the current World Boxing Council Minimum weight champion.

The LGU awardees are: Alimodian as Galing Pook Awardee for 2011; Guimbal as Best Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in the Gawad Kalasag of the NDRRMC; and New Lucena as recipient of a Special Award in the 2011 Apolinario Mabini Awards for its Full Cooperation on the Adoption of PWD Friendly Facilities.

Also cited were the Cabasi-Sta. Rosa Elementary School as recipient of the Best Education Institution Advocating DRRM in the Gawad Kalasag and the Dingle Government Workers Development Cooperative for winning the Most Outstanding Cooperative in the Non-Agri-Based Category of the 2011 Pinakatanging Kooperatiba or the Gawad Pitak of the Land Bank of the Philippines.

In his speech, Governor Arthur Defensor stressed the importance of giving due recognition to outstanding and remarkable achievements as “it is the words of encouragement, words of praise and words of due recognition that propel people to excel in life”.

He further said that “there are so many things in this world that can make people excel but they will not continue to excel and they will will not excel, unless and until, we give them due recognition”.

All the awardees received a three-dimensional Arroyo Fountain inspired trophies during the event which was part of the culmination of the 111th founding anniversary of the province dubbed “Semana sang Iloilo.

The twenty scholars of the provincial government who graduated this year were also in attendance and they received P1,000 each . The four who graduated Magna Cum Laude received P5,000 and the two cum laudes received P3,000 each.

Also recognized during the event were the 35 provincial government employees who retired from service. They each received a certificate and a Timex watch with the Iloilo Provincial Capitol logo. (JCM/LAF/PIA6)

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