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GMA cites 3 Filipinos, 2 Japanese

Manila (16 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo conferred Presidential Citations on three Filipinos and two Japanese in simple rites in Malacaņang last Monday, February 15, 2010.

Teiko Inabata and Tsueno Tanaka were cited for their invaluable assistance to the Philippines through their Global Voluntary Service, a non-government organization engaged in community and social projects in the country since 1993.

Global Voluntary Service (GVS) was founded in 1992 to help people improve their living conditions.

Through GVS, Inabata and Tanaka have implemented projects that have benefited the Filipino people in such areas as vocational training, health education, and entrepreneurial development.

They have conducted seminars and training programs focused on poverty alleviation in numerous cities and municipalities in Batangas, Benguet, Cavite, Cebu, Davao del Norte, Ilocos Sur, Iloilo, Laguna, Negros Occicdental, Pampanga, Quezon, Rizal, and South Cotabato as well as in Metropolitan Manila.

Also cited by the President were Makati City 1st District Representative Teodoro Locsin, Jr., Dr. Ernesto Domingo, and Dr. Mercedes Concepcion.

Locsin was conferred the Philippine Legion of Honor with the degree of Grand Officer, one of the senior honors of the Republic, in recognition of his valuable and meritorious service in military affairs.

Locsin had been instrumental in upholding the honor and integrity of the Armed Forces of the Philippines as a member of the House of Representatives.

Drs. Domingo and Concepcion were cited for their pioneering work in the field of gastroenterology and internal medicine, and in demography, respectively.

Domingo is known for his studies on the nature of schistosome granuloma and its role in hepatosplenic disease.

Concepcion is recognized for her study on population composition and trends and their implications for social and economic development, the growth of urbanization, the situation of the elderly and of employment.

Present during the awarding ceremonies were Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita and Science and Technology Secretary Estrella Alabastro. (PIA) [top]

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