BUKIDNON Vice Gov. Rogelio Quiño is one of six outstanding alumni that the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) Alumni Federation awarded last Saturday (March 9) at Limketkai Luxe Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City.
In gratitude, Quiño kept only the trophy and the plaque but handed back the cash to the alumni association specifically to be used for its outreaches within the year.
Quiño was honored under the government services category for embodying the value of unselfish dedication to his constituents as the current vice governor of the province of Bukidnon. In his pursuit of influencing and helping others, he ran for government office as municipal mayor of Manolo Fortich and eventually won in 2007. From zero income of the local economic enterprise, Quiño was able to increase the same to P65 million annually on his last term. He is now replicating his efforts province-wide in a legislative capacity as the head of Bukidnon’s Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
Other awardees were Tito Maligro (entrepreneurship category), Lorebina Carrasco (education category), Santiago Saludes (community services category), Marc John Bacayo (arts and culture) and Val Irwin Mabayo (young alumni excellence).
The former president Ricardo Rotoras was honored posthumously while lawyer Roberto Mabulay, 91, was given the lifetime excellence award.
USTP Alumni Federation president Jayson Jay Dalman said the first USTP Alumni Awards was dubbed as the Bantugan Awards to describe the alumni that they have become. Bantugan is a local word associated in Cebuano as great.
“These USTP alumni have become true men and women who are in the frontiers serving the peripheries,” Dalman said.