Thursday, June 9, 2011

2011 outstanding Philippine soldiers named

By Ogie Salvador, Thursday, June 9, 2011

CAMP GENERAL EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City, June 9 (PIA) – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has named the awardees of the 2011 search for The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS) at the AFP Commissioned Officers Clubhouse, General Headquarters recently.

The search aims to recognize members of the armed forces whose dedication to work, duty and country has been exceptional and worthy of emulation among its members.

The outstanding Philippine soldiers are Colonel Daniel A. Lucero, Master Sergeant Sixto P. Navarrosa, Chief Master Sergeant Billy C. Benebile all from the Philippine Army; Colonel Alexander F. Balutan, Technical Sergeant Rommel Carbon, Data Processor 3 Jairus M. Cenabre all from the Philippine Navy; Colonel Raul del Rosario, Master Sergeant Maria Teresa M. Bitong, Master Sergeant Nelson S. Mercado all from the Philippine Air Force, and Colonel Alexis Tamondong from the Technical Services.

AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo S.L. Oban Jr. attended the presentation of TOPS Awardees. “TOPS shall help uplift our soldiers’ morale in terms of showcasing their honorable service to the Filipino people and significant achievements that validates their upright commitment to protecting the best interest of the Filipino nation,” he said.

“I am encouraging all the winners to be an inspiration and good role models to the many soldiers who are like the awardees, doing exemplary performance of their vowed duties and responsibilities to the Filipino nation,” Oban added.

TOPS 2011 is an annual project undertaken by the Metrobank Foundation and the Rotary Club of Makati Metro, in partnership with the AFP. The Search aims to honor the career achievements of gallant officers and enlisted personnel from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Technical Services.

The awardees received P300,000-cash prize and a trophy courtesy of the Metrobank Foundation. Later this month, the awardees will be honored in the conferment ceremonies in Malacañang to be attended by President Benigno S. Aquino III.

The awardees were judged by their career achievements and exemplary dedication to their service and acts which are instrumental in nation building. The multi-sectoral board of judges was chaired by Associate Justice Jose Perez of the Supreme Court and included Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Sec. Teresita “Ging” Deles, Presidential Commission on Good Government Chair Atty. Andres Bautista, Muntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo G. Biazon himself a former AFP chief-of-staff during the late Pres. Cory Aquino administration, Navotas City Mayor John Reynald Tiangco, De La Salle University President Br. Narciso Erguiza FSC, and TV5 COO Bobby Barreiro.


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