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Search is on for 2010 outstanding citizens of Baguio

by Jonabelle Camino and Kaye Dee Canosa

Baguio City (27 February) -- The search is on for the 2010 outstanding citizens of Baguio City.

The Society of Outstanding Citizens of Baguio (SOCOB) launched the 2010 search for the city's outstanding citizens in a Kapihan forum at the University of Baguio, Wednesday.

To ensure that the search will not be tainted by any political controversy, the SOCOB, which is composed of former outstanding citizen awardees, took the initiative to lead the said search. According to SOCOB president Dr Reynaldo Bautista Sr., they are doing this because they want to ensure that the search remains apolitical, an award given by the city and the people of Baguio.

Started in 1976, the search for the outstanding citizen of Baguio is the highest award the city can give to people, institution or organization that made significant contribution to the progress and development of Baguio in the different fields such as education, environment, sports, tourism, law, agriculture, business, government service, arts and culture, science and technology, health, journalism, religion-spiritual development and military-heroic acts.

SOCOB, organized three years ago, intends to encourage good citizens to continue to contribute to the city without financial involvement and working on voluntary basis, Bautista said.

"History will tell us that Baguio is a product of visions of leaders past, civic organizations, men, and women who share a love for this mountain resort", Bautista said. "SOCOB will try to improve on what we've been doing in the past", he added.

According to Bautista, for this year's search, they hope to give recognition to 10 individuals, institutions and non-government organization (NGO) awardees.

There will also be a two-step process for the search. There will be a screening committee that will look into the qualifications of the nominees then the judging committee who will do a final screening and decision on the list of awardees.

Nomination forms are available at City Administrative Office or SOCOB secretariat, YMCA Bldg. Post office Loop, Baguio. Deadline for the submission of nominations is on May 30, 2010. (PIA) [top]

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