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Nominations accepted
for 6th RAFI Awards

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. is now accepting nominations for the 6 th RAFI Triennial Awards for the Ramon Aboitiz Award for Exemplary Individual and the Eduardo Aboitiz Award for Outstanding Institution.

Dr. Jocelyn Gerra, RAFI Culture and Heritage executive director and chair of the nominations committee, said the RAFI Triennial Awards is held every three years to honor men, women and organizations, who, through their efforts and selfless commitment, bring about change in the lives of the less privileged in various groups and communities in the Philippines.

She said nominations for the Ramon Aboitiz Award for Exemplary Individual is open to every Filipino, natural born or naturalized citizen, at least 30 years old, and of good moral character whose dedication to their profession has made significant contributions to the advancement of the well-being of fellow Filipinos.

The Eduardo Aboitiz Award for Outstanding Institution is open to all institutions or organizations, or people's organizations, which have been established for at least three years, with functional programs and work with other groups in bringing about comprehensive and responsible development, she added.

Gerra said the nominees should exhibit unending commitment and dedication to uplift the socio-economic condition of the poor, and the marginalized sectors. Nominees for each category will undergo an extensive screening process.

The selection process starts when individuals and institutions are nominated for the RAFI Triennial Awards, she said.

Gerra said nominations from government agencies, non-government organizations, people's organizations, civil society, academe, and the business sector are accepted, while self-nomination is being discouraged.

Bacolodnons who were RAFI awardees in 2003 were Wilhelmina Gonzales for individual awards, and the NEDF as finalist for institution category, a press release from the Foundation said.

The recent awardee was Dr. Cecile del Castillo of the Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation, Gerra said. The awardees become the ambassadors of goodwill in their communities, it said.

Founded by Don Ramon Aboitiz and his son, Don Eduardo Aboitiz, the RAFI Triennial Awards was launched in December 6, 1996 during the 39th anniversary of the foundation to commemorate their philanthropic, humanitarian and holistic ideals, it added.

Winners in each category will receive P400,000 in cash, trophy, and the opportunity to travel to the Visayas and Mindanao to share their expertise and experience to various groups, the release said.

The awardees will also have the opportunity to avail of financial grant from RAFI for community endeavors, it said.

Nominations should be submitted to RAFI Triennial Awards Secretariat, 35 Lopez Jaena Street, Cebu City, 6000. Deadline of nominations is December 15, 2013.

Online nominations forms can be accessed through RAFI's website at www.rafi.org.ph/event/nomination-form .

Those who need additional information may call (032)418-7234 local 109, and look for Catherine Margate, or emailCatherine.margate@rafi.org.ph , the release added.*CGS

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TESDA, BPAP animation
course mulled in Bacolod

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority animation courses may soon be offered in Bacolod City, with the help of the Business Processing Association of the Philippines, its TM Plus project manager, Florelixie Neo, said yesterday.

Neo paid a courtesy call on Mayor and Congressman-elect Evelio Leonardia at the Bacolod Government Center, and congratulated him for the inclusion of the city as the New Center of Excellence in the Philippines, and for its rapid growth.

Leonardia said he is proud that these positive developments have been happening under his term, and happy about the socio-economic impact that these can bring to the city and its population, a press release from City Hall said.

Neo said there are around 1.5 million employees in call centers all over the country, and 3.2 million more jobs are expected to be created by 2016. “We foresee greater developments for Bacolod”, she added.

She said she will conduct linkages with other officials of Negros Occidental, and do a research on Bacolod, the press release added.*

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TESDA, BPAP animation course mulled in Bacolod

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