The Quezon City government on Wednesday, October 12, named six individuals and six organizations winners of this year’s Gawad Parangal Award for their exemplary projects to help their communities.
The award ceremony took place at Elements Centris as part of the 82nd anniversary of the founding of the city.
Mayor Joy Belmonte, Deputy Mayor Gian Sotto and other government officials attended the event.
“We all have a selfless spirit within us. Our laureates are proof that altruism is innate in our society. They will be the first to tell you that these are ordinary people doing extraordinary things, ”Belmonte said.
The winners were recognized for their contribution to the city.
The individual winners are: – Ana Patricia Non organized the first community pantry in the Philippines located in Maginhawa, Quezon City.
-PLt. Jean C. Aguada, a police officer currently assigned as Chief of the Community Affairs and Development Section of the Anonas Police Station (SCADS) and Chief of the Section for Women and Children. She cared for a five-month-old child left by her parents for a living, which she found on her way to their cleaning and feeding program in Quezon City.
-Tower. Bro. Ronald Mariano, pastor of the Holy Family in Barangay Roxas, Quezon City. It launched COVID-19 relief operations when the government declared Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). The program was able to support more than 4,000 families with the help of parishioners who supported the project.
-Dr. Leandro Resurreccion III (+), a popular pediatric surgeon, was the head of the pediatric surgery division at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center. He is a pioneer of pediatric transplantation in the Philippines.
– Staff Sergeant Hidilyn Diaz, who won the first Olympic gold for the Philippines. She is also the Olympic weightlifting record holder winning the women’s 55kg weightlifting category at the 2020 Summer Olympics.
-Lou Sabrina Ongkiko, a 12-year public school teacher at Culiat Elementary School in Quezon City. She was cited for her accomplishments, including overseeing the school’s continuity of learning program for distance learning; strengthen the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and improving the supportive environment for students.
The organizations that have been recognized include: – The Philippine Animal Welfare Society PAW-ntry, a pet-friendly larder that offers a variety of pet foods and other treats and appeals to pet owners and advocates to give what they can and to take what they need.
– Safe Haven Community Center & Children’s Home, an active partner of the Quezon City Social Services Development Department (SSDD) in providing temporary shelters to abandoned, neglected or abused children.
– ECPAT Philippines which offers temporary shelter to children victims of trafficking and sexual abuse; BeSeekLeta for Every Juan which collects old or unused bike parts from donors to repair, refurbish and rebuild them into a completely new working bike that will be given out free of charge to other Filipinos in need of transportation assistance , especially to primary care physicians.
-Salamat PH Healthcare Heroes who pooled donations to provide food to frontline overnight people -OCTA Research which provides comprehensive, holistic, accurate, rigorous and insightful data analysis to the Quezon City government to ensure effective COVID research study results as well as in the design and implementation of immunization programs for Quezon City.
Former President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III received a special posthumous award for his exemplary leadership and good governance as the 15th President of the Philippines and as a true citizen of Quezon City.
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