Fernando Almeda, Jr., past district governor of the Rotary Club of Metro Surigao emphasized the worthiness of honoring those who have served the people and country.
"We take pride of the excellent deeds of the noble servant leaders who sincerely served our ‘masters’- the people. They are the stars that shine for serving above self. We celebrate the greatness of Surigaonons!" he said.
For the institutions, the Caraga Regional Hospital was awarded for the remarkable health care and hospital services. The Surigao City Pilot School was also recognized for being the pioneering elementary public school.
"We are humbled to accept this award in recognition to the efforts made. Rest assured that our excellent form of health care service delivery will be sustained as we evolve to be one of the premier hospitals, one most trusted by the community," said Dr. Ponciano Limcangco.
Department of Education (DepEd) Region 11 regional director Evelyn Fetalvero was also identified as an awardee in the field of education. “I did not expect this. I should say that this is a sort of recognition to the hard labor that we do,” she said.
According to Rotary Club of Metro Surigao past president Alfonso Casurra, the club has been giving due and distinct recognition to a number of institutions and individuals who were with them in advancing significant advocacies and undertakings that would greatly benefit the public.
“We honor them for they had given their blood, sweat and tears. Let your achievements be the inspiration to us and others, as the Rotary Club connects to the world," Casurra said.
Also, it was a great honor for Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar, who is also a Surigaonon, to be invited and be accorded with an award for his determination; dedication to work; and exemplary contributions as public servant.
“Whatever I do, my dedication, perseverance and objectives in life are all rooted in public service. My grandfather, who was a mayor in the 50’s, has influenced me to take an extra mile to help build our nation,” said Andanar.
Meanwhile, Rotary Club district governor Philip Tan urged his fellow Rotarians to continue to provide assistance to those who are in need, especially the underprivileged, just like the servant leader awardees who have been an inspiration to Surigaonons and Caraganons.
Tan shared his personal motto which is "touching lives beyond profit," emphasizing the need to exert humanitarian efforts for the welfare of every Filipino.
He likewise reminded them to be “more motivated in order to go a long way in service and to understand better what moral transformation is needed for transcendence.”
The ROSA was launched in 1986 by the Rotary Club of Metro Surigao thru the efforts of chapter president Josefino "Peping" Miranda and chapter secretary and past president Alfonso "Pons" Casurra. (VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)
By Venus L. Garcia