Three or 30 percent of the 10 winners of the 2010 Search for Outstanding Teachers conducted by the MetroBank Foundation, Inc. (MFI) were from Region 10.

And what is interesting about them is that their names all start with the letter “M,” which could also mean “Mentor,” or “Model,” and they not only love to teach but have very strong passions for the teaching profession.

Their profound commitment for the development of the youth through exemplary competence, remarkable dedication to their work, and effective educational leadership made them win the search.

In partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the said search was for choosing the “best among the best in the teaching profession as we embark in our continuing commitment to bring about change and inspiration in the sector of education in the country,” Anecito M. Sobrepeña, MFI President, said.

Aside from cash awards of P300,000 for each winner, they also received especially-designed trophies and medals while their schools received plaques of recognition from MFI.

For its part, the Regional Development Council (RDC), Region 10, will confer recognition to these 2010 MFI Awardees this coming Feb. 11, during its first quarter meeting:

Miladith B. Polutan, Master Teacher 1, Oroquieta City Central Elementary School, Oroquieta City in Misamis Occidental, 18 years of teaching, with Special Education (SPED) for children with multiple disabilities and visual impairment as field of specialization.

Mercelita J. Labial, English Department Chair/Senior Faculty, Xavier University High School, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, 18 years of teaching, with English as field of specialization.

Mercedita S. Villamayor, Associate Professor IV, Bukidnon State University Secondary School Laboratory, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, 28 years in teaching, with Mathematics as field of specialization.

Meanwhile, Sobrepeña said a total of 297 teachers, “who have been shining examples of unstinting dedication and commitment to the teaching profession and pride of their respective schools and communities,” have been awarded by MFI since 1985.

“I am pleased to say that Northern Mindanao is the 3rd top-producing region with 23 search awardees or 7.8 percent of the total,” Sobrepeña added. (PIA 10)

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