Another milestone has been achieved by Fortune Life Insurance Company as it continued its legacy in promoting and honoring the hard work and discipline of Filipino Teachers and School Officials in the country last September 12 at Bulwagan ng Karunungan, DepEd Central Office in Pasig City.
In partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and Marylindbert International, Fortune Life headed the Filipiniana themed celebration of its 8th year advocacy of “The Value of Hard Work and Discipline.”
The event also featured the life changing story of Ambassador Antonio L. Cabangon Chua, who embodied hard work, determination and discipline that made him rise from poverty to become a successful business magnate.
Fortune Life President D. Arnold A. Cabangon said that as of September 2018, the values advocacy program has reached 9.5 M students from 2,390 public schools nationwide and has allocated 150,700 workbooks and 20,160 teaching guides.
In addition, he emphasized that Fortune Life will continue to help more Filipino students and teachers to be empowered and be financially literate citizens.
This year’s Values Advocacy Program (VAP) recognized five educators and five school officials from various parts of the country who marked profound commitment in their teaching profession and leadership skills.
The winners of the 7th Ambassador Antonio L. Cabangon Chua Gintong Parangal Para sa Edukasyon— Guro were Hadja Sarah L. Handang of Deped Division Office in Zamboanga; Rene Rose M. Labasan of San Juan Elementary in Nueva Vizcaya; Dominic R. Ocampo (ALS Teacher) of Benito R. Villar Memorial School in Oriental Mindoro; Darwin T. Tadifa of Tubungan Central Elementary School in Iloilo; and Cesar V. Valondo of Fortunato F. Halili National Agricultural School in Bulacan.
Meanwhile, three honorable mention awardees of Gintong Parangal para sa Guro namely Jerry D. Cruz; Ednalyn E. Fajardo; and Jinabelle V. Prieto were recognized and presented with trophies. Fortune Life was able to give recognition to 60 outstanding educators in the span of 8 years.
Moreover, the 2nd year of Gintong Parangal Para sa Edukasyon Pamumuno cited the achievements of school superintendents, assistant school division superintendents, and administrative officers in DepEd in areas of positive leadership, hard work and discipline.
The winners for this year were Dr. Denizon P. Domingo of Tuguegarao; Dr. Evangeline P. Ladines, CESO VI of Pasay; Dr. Joel B. Lopez of Laoag; Dr. Orlando E. Manuel of Quirino Province; and Dr. Cecilia E. Valderama of Bulacan.
Deped Secretary Leonor M. Briones expressed her deepest gratitude to Fortune Life in recognizing the efforts of teachers and school officials of DepEd. She also mentioned the importance of Alternative Learning System (ALS) to children who have no means to undergo formal education.
“If Mohammad does not go to the mountain, then the mountain will go to Mohammad. If the child will not go to the school, then the school will go to the child,” the Education Secretary said. She commended the awardees especially the ALS teacher who travelled to far-flung communities to teach Mangyans.
Together with DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones, Usec. Lorna Dig–Dino graced the event as well as Fortune Life Insurance President D. Arnold A. Cabangon; Fortune Life EVP & General Manager Evelyn T. Carada, ALC Group of Companies Chairman Edgard A. Cabangon; Marylindbert International CEO & President Erlinda S. Legaspi; notable business partners of Fortune Life; members of the Board; DepEd teachers and officials; and VAP supporters.
At the end of the event, the attendees were given Philippines Graphic September 10 issue and Business Mirror September 12 issue where the event was featured as souvenirs and token of appreciation for their continued support.