CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar was lauded as one of the Outstanding Alumni by the Xavier University- Ateneo de Cagayan on Friday (Nov. 29).
In a radio program, Cabinet Report sa Teleradyo, Andanar expressed his thanks to the Ateneo de Cagayan Alumni Association for giving him the recognition of Outstanding Alumnus Award for Professional Service in Communication.
I dedicate this prestigious award to my grandparents, parents, family, former teachers, classmates, and present colleagues. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam! he said.
"Just like the slogan of the Xavier University - being men for others - that reminded me and other awardees that what we are doing today, is not just for ourselves but also for the greater glory of God," he added.
Andanar revealed that the audio-visual room where he received his award is where he first dealt with his stage fright.
It is the exact same room where I first faced my stage fright, when I delivered my first elocution speech twenty-nine years ago. Symbolic indeed, as it is what led me to become a broadcaster, said Andanar, who finished his grade school and high school education at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan.
The academic institution's Outstanding Alumni Awarding Ceremony is an annual event which recognizes individuals who have contributed to the advancement of the community and the society and have served as role models for others.
The PCOO chief received the award on the sidelines of his official engagements with the local media and key movers in the city in line with his responsibilities and duties as the Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security for Northern Mindanao (CORDS-X).
Addressing insurgency, poverty
Andanar also bared plans to partner with non-government organizations and the private sector in addressing insurgency in the region, citing poverty as one of its root causes.
By having a united front to solve poverty, mas malaki po yung tsansa na magkaroon po talaga tayo ng isang lipunan na wala pong insurgency, na wala pong rebelde (there's a bigger chance to have an insurgency-free society), he added.
Andanar also mentioned his meeting with the city's Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, where he expressed interest in the church's initiative in addressing malnutrition.
He also invited non-profit groups to take part in crafting programs with the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC).
The task force is set to meet with the city's Archdiocese on December 13 during the RTF-ELCAC quarterly meeting.
This time around, kasama na yung mga members ng non-profit organizations or non-government organizations na member ng RTF para nga mas maganda yung ating approach sa pag-solve ng problema ng kahirapan dito sa Region X (members of non-profit or non-government organizations who are members of RTF are included so our approach in addressing poverty is better), he said. (PCOO)
Source: Philippines News Agency