Posted on 20 January 2014.
United Nations Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) Country representative in the Philippines Bernard Kerblat gives his response after being awarded as one of the Best International Donors of DSWD.
“The past year really tested the mettle of the men and women of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) who were out there in the field assisting the survivors of various disasters which struck our country in succession. We hurdled the herculean task through the solid and generous support of all of you – our dear partners and colleagues, so you rightly deserve this recognition.”
This was the message of DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman during the “PaNata Ko sa Bayan Awards or “PAgkilala sa NATAtanging KOntribusyon sa Bayan” Awards which was one of the activities that marked the 63rd Founding Anniversary Celebration of the Department on Thursday.
PaNata Ko sa Bayan Awards confers recognition to international and local development partners, non-government organizations (NGOs), local government units (LGUs), People’s Organizations (POs), media persons and organizations, as well as individuals who have selflessly dedicated their time, talent and resources to help the Department carry out its mandate of improving the lives of the disadvantaged sector of society.
Bernard Kerblat, United National High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Country Representative responded on behalf of all the awardees.
“I congratulate the red jacketed–army, the employees of DSWD for being at the forefront during disasters. We are inspired by your resiliency and endurance. In behalf of the UNCHR, I pledge our continuous support in all of your endeavors,” Kerblat stated.
Sec. Soliman urged the awardees to continue their solidarity with the Department in providing assistance to the vulnerable sectors to enable them to rise from their situation.
The awardees are the following:
• Donors – International Organizations
o International Organization for Migration (IOM)
o United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
o United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
o Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)
o Asian Development Bank (ADB)
o Australian Agency for International Development (AUSAID)
o United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
o United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
o United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP)
o Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
o Agencia Española de Cooperacion Internacional Para El Desarollo (AECID)
• Donors – Corporate Institutions/Local Organizations
o SM Foundation, Inc.
o Kabisig ng Kalahi, Inc.
o Petron Foundation, Inc.
o Phil Seven Foundation
o International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
o Lina Group of Companies
o San Miguel Corporation
o MAYNILAD Water
o Mister Donut/Richard Yang
o MVP Group of Companies
• Best Volunteer Organizations
o US Peace Corps
o Tzu Chi Foundation, Inc.
Best Non-Government Organization
- Love 146, Inc.
- Gawad sa Makabagong Teknolohiyang Panlipunan
- Coalition of Services for the Elderly (COSE)
Gawad Paglilingkod sa Sambayanan (GAPAS)
- Municipality of Opol, Misamis Oriental
- City of Pagadian, Zamboanga Del Sur
- Municipality of Pilar, Surigao Del Norte (Siargao Islands)
- Santiago Island SEA-K Workers Association of Bolinao (SISWAB) Pangasinan
- Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines, Inc.,
The Philippine Star (Newspaper)
GMA News TV (Television)
Rainier Allan Ronda (The Philippine Star)
Ellalyn De Vera (Manila Bulletin)
Cynthia Balana (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Leilani S. Junio (Philippines News Agency)