- RAFI Triennial Awards honors those who uplift lives toward a more humane, equitable, and caring society in the Visayas and Mindanao
- From 295 nominations, RAFI picked 3 individuals and 5 institutions to vie for Exemplary Individual and Outstanding Institution categories, respectively
Following a rigorous screening process, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) announced the finalists in the individual and institution categories of its RAFI Triennial Awards, the premier social development award in the Visayas and Mindanao last April 7.
From 295 nominations from all over the Visayas and Mindanao, the RAFI screening and search committees picked three individuals and five institutions to vie for the top honors in their respective categories.
In the Exemplary Individual Category, the finalists are good governance advocate Fr. Carmelo Diola (Cebu City), Anita Castillon (Lake Sebu, South Cotabato), and Rep. Lawrence Lemuel Fortun (Butuan City). Castillon and Fortun are both helping indigenous communities.
Meanwhile, finalists in the Outstanding Institution Category include cooperatives and foundations working for peace in Mindanao (particularly, Maguindanao province), those advancing the welfare of women and children, and those that are supporting indigenous people’s communities.
These are Balay Mindanaw from Cagayan de Oro City, Cantaan Centennial Multi-purpose Cooperative from Guinsilaban, Camuiguin, Western Samar Development Foundation, Inc., Sibog Katawhan Alang sa Paglambo from San Francisco, Agusan del Sur, and the Kadtabanga Foundation for Peace Advocates, Inc. from Curbada Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.
Reflecting the values and ideals of Don Ramon Aboitiz and Don Eduardo Aboitiz, the RAFI Triennial Awards honors men and women whose endeavors bring change and improvement to the lives of the less privileged, helping to improve the living conditions of various communities and groups toward a more humane, equitable, and caring society in the Visayas and Mindanao.
Winners of the 6th RAFI Triennial Awards will be known on August 14, 2015.