The Department of Education (DepEd), in partnership with the Metrobank Foundation, commended the awardees of the 2013 Metrobank Foundation Search for the Outstanding Teachers on September 9 during DepEd’s weekly flag-raising ceremony.
Luistro explained that Metrobank Foundation, as a private institution, recognized the dedication and commitment of the educators to their profession. More than the exemplary teaching, one of the crucial criteria in selecting the outstanding teachers is the relevance of their service in nation-building.
“Ang pagpaparangal natin (sa kanila) dito sa Kagawaran ng Edukasyon ay isang pag-alala ng mga bunga ng kanilang katangi-tanging ginawa at nagagawa pa doon sa mga nagtatrabaho sa mga opisina. (Honoring these teachers at the Department of Education indicates that the fruits of their notable work will be remembered and lauded),” he said.
Among the 367 nominated teachers nationwide, only 10 were awarded. They were Fely A. Batiloy, Dr. Mitchel V. Rodriguez, Cherry G. Vinluan, Rodel C. Sampang, Dominique J. Maquiran, Dr. Maria Teresa M. Bautista, Marcelo T. Otinguey, Maria Lorna L. Garnace, Dr. Alfredo C. Robles, Jr., and Dr. Emilyn Q. Espiritu.
The award inspired and encouraged the teachers to continue performing their role in shaping and honing the abilities and talents of the learners and the entire Filipino nation. The annual search was implemented by the Metrobank Foundation in partnership with DepEd, and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).