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10 outstanding teachers in 2009 sought

By Jerry E. Esplanada
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 19:07:00 07/26/2009

Filed Under: Education, Awards and Prizes

FOR METROBANK Foundation Inc. president Aniceto Sobrepea, ?outstanding teachers are like the Biblical treasure hidden in the fields.?

Soon the 10 winners in the country?s most prestigious award for teachers, the 2009 Search for Outstanding Teachers of the Philippines, will be announced. And their formal awarding on September 4 will be the highlight of the 47th anniversary celebration of Metrobank.

There will be four winners each in the primary and secondary levels and two in the tertiary level. Each winner will get P300,000 cash, part of which will go to faculty development of his/her school, plus a medal and a trophy.

A total of 173 teachers joined the 25th edition of the search that gives ?special recognition to teachers who manifest profound commitment to the development of the youth through exemplary competence, remarkable dedication to their work, and an effective educational leadership.?

The finalists were interviewed last week by the final board of judges co-chaired by Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro and Muntinlupa City Representative Rozzano Rufino Biazon.

Members of the board of judges included Ricardo Saludo, chairman of the Civil Service Commission; Sarangani Governor Miguel Rene Dominguez; Dr. Ma. Cristina Padolina, president of Centro Escolar University and former higher education commissioner; Cecilia Lazaro, president of Probe Productions, Inc.; and Dr. Cecilio Pedro, chief executive officer and president of Lamoiyan Corp.

List of finalists

The finalists among elementary teachers are: Gemma Cortez, Dasmarias Elementary School, Cavite; Nancy Aquino, M?Lang Pilot Elementary School, North Cotabato; Salve Romero, Calabanga West Central Elementary School, Camarines Sur; Lourdes Matan, Mag-Ubay Elementary School, Calbayog City; Jocelyn Hedriana, Pres. Manuel Roxas Memorial School-South, Roxas City; Benjamin Martinez, San Sebastian Elementary School, Tarlac City; Eva Imingan, Nellie Brown Elementary School, Olongapo City; and Jonathan Glorial, West Visayas State University Integrated Laboratory School, Iloilo City.

The high school teachers-finalists include Esmeralda Ugaddan, Cagayan National High School, Tuguegarao City; Estrella Pacis, Mariano Marcos State University Laboratory High School, Laoag City; Rochelle Papasin, Philippine Science High School-Southern Mindanao, Davao City; Shena Faith Ganela, Philippine Science High School-Western Visayas, Iloilo City; Zoilo Pinongcos Jr., Leganes National High School, Iloilo; Manuel Magno, Bernardo Carpio National High School, Davao City; Ma. Petra Romualdo, Minapan High School, North Cotabato; and Susan Unde, Iligan City East High School, Iligan City.

From higher education: Dina Joana Ocampo, University of the Philippines-Diliman, Quezon City; Emma Porio, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City; Alvin Culaba, De la Salle University, Manila; and Ramon del Fierro, University of San Carlos, Cebu City.

Each finalist was asked a set of questions, such as: What makes you proud to be a Filipino? What do you think should be the main education agenda of the next President of the Philippines? Why have you not left your job for greener pastures? Why should a teacher spend time on community development?

Before the panel interviews, the finalists were asked to write a short essay on why they deserve to win the Metrobank Foundation award as one of the country?s most outstanding teachers.

English teacher Ganela wrote: ?I don?t proclaim to be the best teacher in the land. But with my passion for excellence and lifelong learning and genuine concern for my students and country, I believe I am one of the most outstanding teachers in this search.?

Another English teacher, Romualdo, said she had ?shared the best 21 years of my life with my students, taking time to know them, show them that I care, and share the knowledge, skills and wisdom I have gained from experience.?

Said chemistry teacher Papasin: ?Teachers who have commitment and dedication are a nation?s treasure. Teachers who produce and multiply results are winners. Am I that teacher? With my accomplishments, yes, and I deserve to be declared a winner.?

Mathematics teacher Pacis wrote: ?I know I have what it takes to be an outstanding teacher because I am pro-active and result-oriented.? During the semifinals she thought she did well partly due to her lucky charm: ?My name [Estrella)\] means star in English. Bituen, its Ilocano translation, is my nickname.?

Romero, who teaches Sibika at Kultura, said she had ?made a difference in the lives of my pupils.? She said she was ?compassionate, understanding and ready to serve schoolchildren up to the last drop of my blood.?

Industrial Arts teacher Martinez asserted he had ?become an emissary of change in the community through education.?

Filipino teacher Matan believed she was an ?asset to the educational system, not a liability ... I ask what I can give to government and not what government can give me.?

Cortez, who has been teaching English for 20 years, was confident she would be in the Final 10 of this year?s search because of her ?profound commitment, exemplary dedication and leadership, as well as my effective, creative and innovative way of teaching.?

Semifinals

The 20 national finalists were chosen from 40 regional finalists who were selected based on personal qualities and character, instructional competence and teaching effectiveness, as well as community involvement.

During the semifinals, all 40 contestants were interviewed by a preliminary board of judges composed of Education Assistant Secretary Teresita Inciong and Drs. Evelina Vicencio and Felicitas Pado (for primary school teachers); Drs. Milagros Ibe, Gloria Salandanan and Elena Cutiongco (high school); Professional Regulations Commissioner Nilo Rosas, ex-education undersecretary Fe Hidalgo and Dr. Minda Sutaria (college).

The semifinalists were asked to make a 15- to 20-minute teaching demonstration of their respective subjects.

In addition to the 20 who moved on to the finals, the other semifinalists were: Dionisia Baccay, Pembo Elementary School; Galcoso Alburo, Concepcion Integrated School; Lilybeth Balutoc, Baguio City National High School; Myrna Cabamongan, Makati High School; Sachiko Visperas, Rosario Integrated School; Myrna Cureg, Isabela State University; Marjorie Palomo, Antonio Llamas Elementary School; Joy Talens, Sacred Heart College; Dr. Cleofas Cervancia, UP-Los Baos; and Dr. Crispina Corpuz, DLSU-Cavite.

Also included among the semifinalists were Juvy Clavillas, Iriga Central School; Judeza Puse, Jose Panganiban National High School; Heracleo Barcillano, San Ramon Provincial High School; Milagros Derayo, Don Alfonso Espiritu Memorial School; Lucia Taytayon, Ivisan Elementary School; Dr. Evelyn Cercado, Cong. Ramon Arnaldo High School; Luzviminda Calzado, Sacred Heart College, Lucena City; Marissa Badayon, Kidapawan City Pilot Elementary School; Remedios Hernando, Libertad Central Elementary School; and Ludem Bacolod, Surigao del Norte National High School.

?Win or lose, being part of a program that promotes a culture of excellence in education is a great honor for me,? said biology teacher Ugaddan, 55, during the semifinals. She made it to the finals, an even bigger honor.



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