Bohol Capitol Exec Receives AFP Bayanihan Award
Bohol Provincial Government’s top executive Ms Liza M. Quirog has been awarded by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for her remarkable contribution to building peace, development and security in the province, a recognition she shares with few selected Filipinos, including Singer-Actress Sarah Geronimo, 3 Governors, among others.
The AFP’s Internal Peace and Security Program (IPSP) "Bayanihan" Award is given to exceptional Filipinos whose work helps in “in defining, shaping, and ensuring our peace and security” in the country.
Quirog, a World-Bank scholar and head of the Bohol Provincial Social-Economic and Environmental Management ( SEEM) Cluster, personally received the award in December at the AFP Commissioned Officers Club in Camp Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
Ms. Quirog, also the Provincial Agriculture Head, shares the honor with Bai Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman (Philippine Country Director and Coordinator for Asia America Initiative), Popstar Princess Sarah Geronimo, Governors Eustaquio Bersamin of Abra, Alfonso Umali of Oriental Mindoro, and Paul Daza of Northern Samar; Region IV-A Director of the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. Dr. Roberto Licup Sr.; Atty. Adelina Banavento Villena of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development; Marawi peace advocate Prof. Saripada Tamano; Region XI Dept. of Budget and Management Director Achilles Bravo; Viva Communications’ Vic Del Rosario; 4th District of Batangas Board Member Mabelle Virtusio; and celebrity athlete and actor Carlos Amir Agassi.
In 2011, the AFP also conferred the award to Gov. Edgar M. Chatto for his “support to the implementation of various programs of the Philippine Army, including their partnership for education in the construction of school buildings, medical outreach during HEAT Bohol caravans, internal security and disaster management, and the Bayanihan project with the Department of Education (DepEd).
President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, in a written message, has said that the “IPSP acknowledges that the contribution of each and every government agency, civil society organization, and even local community, is vital in ensuring peace and security.”
In a speech during the awarding ceremony, AFP Chief-of-Staff Gen. Jessie Dellosa recognized the awardees who echoed calls for greater convergence and collaboration of different civilian and government stakeholders and the AFP as well as the recognition of those who made immense contributions to peace and development.”
“Do not be daunted by the immense tasks, for this does not demand that we should go beyond our limits. Through our respective fields and our own talents, we can help this nation win the peace and move forward to progress and development,” Dellosa said.
“Apart from showcasing the nationalism and utmost compassion for our ‘Kababayans’, which our awardees have demonstrated in their respective ways, the "Bayanihan Awards" was created to further promote that a considerable number of people have already responded to the AFP’s call and invitation to join us in the IPSP Bayanihan,” the AFP chief said.
Dellosa also said that the advocacies and endeavors of the awardees “have cascaded into positive changes in your communities. This only bespeaks of your firm principles and integrity that are truly worthy of recognition and emulation of the Filipino people.”
During the nationwide search for the Bayanihan Award, Quirog had been widely endorsed by various sectors in Bohol, people’s organizations, non-governmental groups, including the academe and religious institutions here.
Since Gov. Chatto’s assumption into office in 2010, Quirog has been in the front line of planning and implementation of the Purok Power Movement, a unique program initiated by the Bohol Governor that puts projects and programs of the government right at the doorstep of Boholanos in the purok level.