5th RAFI Triennial Awards Blogging Contest Winners

5th RAFI Triennial Awards Blogging Contest Winners

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The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.Triennial Awards: “Drawing Mindanao’s Portrait of Change”

By JR Lopez Gonazales

“The portrait of positive change is composed of shapes and lines drawn on life’s canvas, using humanity’s actions as the paintbrush dipped in the paint of goodness placed on the palette of time.”From the age-old inklings of Heraclitus’ writings to the melodious rhythms of Jose Mari Chan, both affirm the general truth: change is constant.Whether one is playing with the thought that something different needs to be done, have already made the decision that things must be done differently, or moved to the supposition to create a different outcome; change becomes part of the general universal equation.

It is apparent that the Philippines is confronted with a lot of societal problems that necessitates an effectuation of ‘positive’ change. Such also holds true in the provinces outside the capital region where to note, more than half of the poorest provinces in the country are in my homeland of Mindanao.

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PROCESS FOUNDATION – PANAY INC. (Eduardo Aboitiz Award for Outstanding Institution, First RAFI Triennial Awards)

By Warlie Diaz

Engulfed in the comforting sounds of the waves and amidst the fitful rustling of lush trees, Mang Dante Mijares looked at the vast sea with certainty. As a fisherman, he always dreamed of uplifting the life of his family. Through the years, his livelihood had provided his family with the opportunities of securing their basic needs. Now, he is looking at the horizon proudly, feeling the tranquility with nature bestowed by God.

Mang Dante is just one of many fishermen hoping for a brighter future as well as safeguarding the blessings of the sea. When he became the president of Ibajay Fisherfolk Association, he knew that he needs to face greater responsibilities and challenges. With the support of PROCESS Foundation – Panay, they had been partners towards development. The path may be difficult but with their firm conviction, they have empowered and encouraged the whole community towards a sustainable tomorrow.

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Glicerio P. Lucrecia, Triennial Awardee

By Vernon Go

Glicerio P. Lucrecia is a 4th triennials awardee for the Ramon Aboitiz Award for EXEMPLARY INDIVIDUAL last 2008. He was awarded through his efforts in his organization: Lapuyan Multi-Purpose Cooperative Pob., Lapuyan, Zamboanga del sur.

Gliceria “NONO” Lucrecia comes from a dead-end town where even few people have heard of in their area. He came from a poor family, which led him to try out odd jobs before reaching the success he was recognized for today.

He has tried to work as a plant technician (He even was a janitor at some point in time) while studying at the Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) where he got his electronics degree.  Because of his drive to support himself and his family, he also became an OFW and worked in Saudi Arabia for a few years where he planned to save up some money before coming back to start a business back in the Philippines.

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The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation’s vision, in its 48 years of existence in development work in the Visayas and Mindanao, has consistently been “Touching People, Shaping the Future.” It has worked towards elevating lives through a comprehensive approach that champions best practices in community development.

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