CAGAYAN de Oro City–The “Outstanding Alumni Award for Professional Service in Communications” was conferred to PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar by Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan) and Xavier University- Ateneo de Cagayan Alumni Association on November 29 in this city.
“For his initiative in media digitalization, making information and news communication reach a wide range people in the country, keeping them updated and aware of developments nationally and internationally,” thus stated the awards plaque signed by Atty. Robert Raypon, president of XU- Ateneo de Cagayan Alumni Association, and Fr. Roberto C. Yap, SJ, Xavier University president.
For his part, Andanar sincerely thanked the awards-giving body for the citation which he said is very humbling and inspiring as he is an alumnus of the institution. “I thank Xavier University- Ateneo de Cagayan Alumni Association for the Outstanding Alumni Award. I dedicate this prestigious award to my grandparents, parents, family, former teachers, classmates and present colleagues. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!”
The awards ceremony was held the school’s AVR hall during the Convocation for the Outstanding Alumni Awards. Waxing nostalgic, Andanar commented that “…the avr (audio visual Room) where I received my award is the exact room I first faced my stage fright when i delivered my first elocution piece 29 Years ago. This led me to become a broadcaster. Symbolic indeed!”
Multi-awardee media man
Before and during his stint as a media man, and as Communications Secretary, Andanar had received multiple awards and citations from local and international institutions. Most notable was his “ Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Federation University in Australia in 2017.
The Daily Tribune awarded Andanar the Best Media Personality of 2018 in January of 2019, recognizing his contribution to promoting the welfare and safety of media workers in the country through the creation of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS).
The National Consumers Affairs Foundation (NCAF) recognized Andanar in January 2019 as an outstanding media icon and broadcaster during its People's Choice Awards ceremony, held jointly with the Dangal ng Bayan Awards in Quezon City.
The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) in March of 2019 commended Andanar for his "valuable contribution and unfailing assistance to the PACC in the pursuit of its mandate to weed out corruption".
Andanar was recognized as an outstanding Mindanaonon during the 1st Mindanao Governance and Leadership Excellence Awards held at Limketkai Luxe Hotel in March 2019, for having significantly improved the People’s Television Network (PTV), Radyo ng Bayan, Radio-Television Malacañang (RTVM) and Philippine News Agency (PNA) in less than two years.
In August 2019, the Rotary Club of Metro Surigao recognized him as among the outstanding Surigaonons in the field of government service. The Rotary Outstanding Surigaonon Award (ROSA) award is the most prestigious award in Surigao del Norte, as it recognizes individuals and institutions that go beyond oneself, create a real difference, and touch the lives of many. In his acceptance speech Andanar said, "There is a volume of grateful emotions that are contained in the words, 'Thank you.' Let me summarize them by acknowledging that the Rotary Outstanding Surigaonon Award includes the people I am honored and privileged to serve,"
On September 25, 2019, The Philippine Cancer Society Inc. (PCSI) named Andanar the "Most Effective Communicator" for his support of the organization's cause. The PCSI in 2017 recognized Andanar as among their “men of extraordinary influence.”
Also, the National Press Club in October 2018 honored Andanar with lifetime membership and a plaque of appreciation in recognition of his efforts to protect journalists and increase transparency and accountability in governance.
In November 2018, he was made an honorary member of the Cagayan De Oro Press Club, the oldest press club in the Philippines.
Andanar received a Presidential Citation from President Duterte in December 2018 that commended the PCOO's work in the successful chairmanship of the Philippines for Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in 2017. The awarding was held at the Heroes' Hall in Malacanang Palace. Andanar dedicated the honor for the award to his colleagues at the agency.