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News Feature: Gingoog educator gets Outstanding Teacher award
By Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat
posted 2-Sep-2013  ·  

Dr. Mitchel V. Rodriguez, master teacher of Odiongan Central School in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental has been chosen one of the winners to this year’s Metrobank Foundation Search for Outstanding Teachers in the country.

Now on its 29th year, the search honors the teaching profession, recognizing those who exhibit competence, remarkable dedication to their work, and effective educational leadership, as well as their various community involvements implemented by the Metrobank Foundation in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Aniceto M. Sobrepeña, president of Metrobank Foundation said that by winning this year’s search, Dr. Rodriguez joins the elite group of 316 outstanding teachers of the country honored by the foundation since 1985.

My life and teaching philosophy has always been building everything on the ground of love, said Dr. Rodriguez.

She emphasized that “Teaching is the most rewarding profession. It is even more than a profession because it is a noble mission. A mission not only confined with the pupils but even to co-workers.”

“I have done my mission to impart what I have. I had conducted and served as resource speaker through trainings, I am certain that I have shared what I have and helped them become better if not best teachers. I have also extended technical assistance to those who asked. I have made, searched and shared materials helpful to our teaching field. I have even done beyond the description of my job as long as it is for the good of our schoolchildren. With this, we can make a difference and build a better nation together through our profession with our mission. All these are because of love.” Dr. Rodriguez stressed.

She explained that saying “No” to work is not in her vocabulary no matter how challenging the work is she always tries to manage and work them out with love.

A total of 367 teachers were nominated to this year’s Search. They were trimmed down to 167 provincial finalists through documents review and were then reduced to 40 regional finalists who underwent interviews and teaching demonstrations before the members of the preliminary board of judges identified for each category. Nineteen (19) of the regional finalists were then selected to become the national finalists.

The national finalists then faced the 2013 Final Board of Judges chaired by Sen. Aquilino Martin DL. Pimentel III together with Co-Chairperson Supreme Court of the Philippines Associate Justice Estela M. Perlas-Bernabe, Vice-Chairperson 6th District of Manila Congresswoman Rosenda Ann M. Ocampo and members, Albay Province Governor Jose Ma. Clemente S. Salceda; Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Chairperson Teresita R. Manzala; Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas Rector Very Rev. Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O. P.; and Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI)  Columnist Rina Jimenez-David.

This year’s Outstanding Teachers will be conferred with gold medallions and will be presented with plaques and a cash prize amounting to P350,000 each.

They will be presented together with the 2013 awardees of the COPS (Country’s Outstanding Policemen in Service) and TOPS (The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers) in formal awarding on September 5 as highlight of Metrobank’s 51st anniversary celebration. (JMOR/PIA10)

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