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
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
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