Department of Education Secretary Leonor Briones considers the Metrobank Foundation’s Outstanding Filipinos awards as a great help for teachers all over the Philippines.
This was said by Sec. Briones after four Filipino teachers were included amongst the 10 recipients of the 2017 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos.
According to Sec. Briones, the said Metrobank award is attractive to Filipino teachers, and encourages competition between them.
“Itong award na ito, hindi lang binibigyan ka ng plaque o estatwa, ito talaga cash award and it’s going to be a great help to them.” Sec. Briones told DZRH after the awarding ceremony last September 12. “It gives them reason to compete with each other, because if there’s recognition, there’s a lot of competition. So ma-eencourage yung mga teachers to prove themselves.”
Sec. Briones also said that such recognitions are important since teachers are normally ‘taken for granted’.
“Kailangan bigyan ng recognition yung mga teacher. Sometimes, we take for granted yung teachers dahil nandyan sila lagi. Nung bata pa tayo may teacher na tayo, pag highschool may teacher din, pag college may teacher, kung minsan hindi na natin napapansin.” Sec. Briones explained.
During the conferment ceremony at the Metrobank Plaza Auditorium, Jennifer Rojo of Neogan Elementary School, Tagaytay City; Edgar Elago of Magallanes National High School, Agusan Del Norte; Dr. Esperanza Cabrera of De La Salle University, Manila; and Dr. Alonzo Gabriel of the University of the Philippines – Diliman, Quezon City received a medal, trophy, and a Php 1 million cash incentive.