BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL, Managing Editor
All roads will lead to Ayala Centrio Mall in Cagayan de Oro City, tomorrow, December 29th, as the biggest newspaper in Southern Philippines, the Mindanao Daily News, is going to give recognition to the most outstanding Mindanaonons in different fields of specialization.
This was the pronouncement of MDN Editor-in-Chief Allan Mediante, the Director of the 3rd Mindanao Governance and Leadership Excellence Awards (MGLEA).
MGLEA, which is already in its third year, continued to recognize exemplary leaders of the nation who have excelled in their professions in the private sector and government service.
“The leaders in Mindanao must be recognized to give them moral boost and to excel more in their fields. The Mindanao Daily News has never ceased to find ways to honor them in a fitting ceremony,” Mediante said, adding that this endeavor of MDN is part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Mediante said the conceptualization of this worthwhile project of the biggest newspaper in Mindanao is made possible through the brilliant ideas of its publisher and president, Mr Dante Macasero Sudaria.
“Our publisher envisioned that Mindanao Daily News should not only focus on news distribution and the coverage of various events in the island, but it should also take part in identifying the best leaders of the nation and give them due recognition,” the paper’s chief editor pointed out.
President and Company CEO Dante M. Sudaria, for his part said, Mindanao is full of topnotch leaders and brilliant minds when it comes to planning. development and execution, unfortunately these leaders are not given due recognition which will give them boost and more eagerness to serve with pride and to excel in their field of endeavors.
“We have a lot of leaders in Mindanao who can excel but they need a morale boost to be able to do more. We can only do this if we will identify who they are and recognize their efforts. Leaders in the government and private offices can excel. We need to help one another in recognizing their important contribution in rebuilding Mindanao,” Sudaria explained.
He said the Mindanao Governance and Leadership Excellence Awards is a very fitting venue to give them due recognition for serving their constituents, their people and to all the populace of Mindanao in general.
Menwhile, former Cagayan de Oro mayor Constantino “Tinnex” Jaraula, who is one of this year’s awardees, thanked the management of Mindanao Daily News, and the paper’s Publisher Dante Sudaria, for his noble mission of recognizing the island’s creme de la creme, when it comes to leadership and service above self.
The categories and its corresponding nominees for this year’s recognition include: Nelson Sarapuddin, social organization; Sultan Aminoden Guro and Atty. Sittie Raifah Pamaloy-Hassan, civil service; Juliet T. Uy and Balindong Yasser Alonto for legislative category; and Agripino D. Estrada, Jr for LGU City Gov’t category; Mayor Gomer A. Sabio for LGU Municipal category; and Christian Rustico “Ian” Achas for LGU Barangay level. Other nominees can be found below.