2013 Bob Tugung modest award relaunched PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 December 2013 13:09

The Bob Tugung Peace and Development Foundation, Inc. in partnership with the Department of Education, Isabela City Schools Division, Isabela, City, have relaunched this year the Bob Tugung Most Outstanding Division Elementary and Secondary Teacher (MODEST) award.

The “MODEST Award” bestows honor to public school teachers who promote excellence in public education; propagate a culture of excellence, creativity, quality, commitment, and professionalism; as well as develop outstanding educational practices.

It therefore acclaims the concerned public school teachers whose leadership, dedication and unique teaching contribution inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities while bringing the school closer to the community through their admirable efforts and conduct.

A brainchild of the Bob Tugung Peace and Development Foundation, this recognition award being given to distinguished public school teachers in the elementary and secondary levels actually started way back in 1987, or a year after Bob Tugung was felled by an assassin’s bullet on November 22, 1986 in Manila. This annual competition event however ceased in 1996 as a result of the family’s migration to the United States of America.

The current President and CEO of the Foundation, Yusuf Ashraf “Joey” Pamaran Tugung, has decided to restore this project this year, which will now become henceforth an annual event.

The creation of the Foundation, and its MODEST award project, is a tribute to Bob Tugung who was first and foremost an educator before he became a successful politician or public servant.

His teaching career started at the South Sea Academy in Simunul, Tawi-Tawi, then at the Philippine Muslim College in Jolo, Sulu, and finally, at the Claret College of Isabela.  His wife, Elnorita Pamaran-Tugung, was also an educator. She taught at the St. Peter School in Lamitan, and later, at the Claret College of Isabela.

For this year’s 2013 Bob Tugung MODEST search, there were 6 finalists that vied for the award; 3 for each level. For the Secondary Level they were: Elena D. Pioquinto, Edna S. Montebon and Lylani Suela. In the Elementary Level we have: Fe Carna F. Jabarani, Charisse Anne O. Rivero and Sherlaine Q. Tubat.

The partnership of the Bob Tugung Foundation with the DepEd Isabela City Schools Division, which is headed by Superintendent Hilda U. Babon, also generated two other projects: a) The Alternative Learning System (ALS) Scholars, and b) The Bob Tugung Excellence and Leadership Award, which is being given annually to public high school graduates in Basilan.

The Board of Judges that interviewed the 6 finalists last December 3 at the Private Conference Room of the DepEd Isabela City Schools Division office were: Chairman: Elnorita Tugung (Honorary Chairman, Bob Tugung Foundation); and members” Muhammadnur “Nung” Ajihil (Board of Director, Bob Tugung Foundation), Myra Mangkabong (President, Federation PTA – Isabela City), Miriam Suacito (Executive Director, Nagdilaab Foundation, Inc.) and Sigrid Yu-Tang (President, Basilan Jaycees, Inc.).

The Board of Judges chose FE CARNA F. JABARANI as the Grand Winner for the MODEST Award (elementary category), while ELENA D, PIOQUINTO that for the secondary category.

This year’s MODEST award ceremony was held last December 9, 2013 at the Basilan National High School gymnasium on the occasion of the “World Education Week,” which was sponsored by the DepEd Isabela City Schools Division.

Each of the Grand Winners was awarded a customized trophy, P10,000.00  cash award, a plaque of recognition, a customized Bob Tugung Foundation pin, and a biography book and  DVD video bio of Bob Tugung. The rest of the finalists were given a plaque of recognition, a cash award, a customized Bob Tugung Foundation pin, and a biography book and DVD video bio of Bob Tugung.

Henry Tura, who is the Education Program Supervisor of the Alternative Learning System (ALS), served as the Coordinator of the 2013 MODEST search. Elma Uckung, who is East District Coordinator of the ALS, also assisted the Foundation in the realization of this project.

As part of its commitment to faithfully continue the legacy of the late Bob Tugung, the Foundation will continue to endeavor with the DepEd on other meaningful projects in the future.