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Professor gets FINEX
 Citibank special award

Economics Department chairperson of Silliman University, Prof. Wilma Tejero, received the Socio-Economic and Environmental Award from the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines and Citibank on Wednesday in Manila, a press release from SU in Dumaguete City said.

The award was presented during the 2011 FINEX-Citibank Rafael B. Buenaventura Outstanding Finance Educator Awards, of which Tejero was a semi-finalist, along with nine others from different parts of the country.

A professor from De La Salle Dasmariñas was named grand winner.

Tejero’s involvements have consistently reflected her application of economics in the promotion of environmental advocacy, including the preparation of the business plan for the waterless transport of fish, which won third place in a business plan competition at the University of San Francisco, California, and in the analysis of the recreational value of Apo Island, a showcase of a successful community-based coastal resource management program, the press release said.

Launched on July 18, 2007, and named after former Central Bank Governor Rafael B. Buenaventura, who started his banking career in Citibank Manila, the Awards reinforces the value of financial education as a critical component of tertiary level studies.

Meanwhile, officials of the United States Embassy in Manila are visiting SU on February 3-4, for the selection phase of the Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program, the press release said.

The US Embassy has identified Dumaguete City as the recipient of the program. A total of five college students and one teacher or community leader will be selected to undergo a month-long training and exposure in the US starting in April this year.

Assistant Cultural Affairs officer, Joe Tordella, and Thomas Jefferson Information Center deputy director, Pong Aureus, will select the participants.

In a letter to SU president Dr. Ben S. Malayang III, Aureus described the program to have been “designed to promote high-quality leadership, civic responsibility, and civil activism among [the Philippines’] future leaders.”

Under the program, participants will be engaged in various creative and practical ways of better understanding the principles of democracy and civil society, the press release said.

Dumaguete has been chosen as this year’s recipient largely because of the presence of the American Studies Resource Center at the Robert B. and Metta J. Silliman Library of Silliman University. The ASRC is a rich source of knowledge materials about American culture, politics, and way of life, and is open to the public for free, the press release added.*



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