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Engr. Dado Banatao, techpreneur and innovator, is the recipient of this year’s RVR Nation Building Award presented by PHINMA President Ramon V. del Rosario (RVR) and Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala who received the award in 2014. Regarded as the Bill Gates of the Philippines, Banatao emphasized the importance of education and encouraged the youth to contribute to nation building.

Search is on for new Siklab honorees

By Joe Lad Santos

Be inspired and be a nation builder,” this is the strong message address to the youth and conveyed by PHINMA Executive Director Peter Angelo V. Perfecto during the September 3, 2018 edition of the Kapihan sa Maynila at the Roma Room of Manila Hotel sponsored by Samahang Plaridel headed by Rollie Estabillo of Manila Standard as President and Chris Icban of Manila Bulletin as Chairman with Jullie Yap Daza as Vice- Chair.

The RVR Siklab Awards for Top 5 Young Leaders of Tomorrow was re-launched at the Kapihan with a call for the nation’s young leaders and professionals.

The award in collaboration with DLSU & JCI Manila is an offspring of the prestigious RVR Award for Nation Building that started in 2010. Among its awardees are Amb. Jesus Tambunting and Senen Bacani (2010), Oscar Lopez (2011), Washington Sycip (2012), Vicente Paterno (2013), Jaime Zobel De Ayala (2014), Manny V. Pangilinan (2015), Henry Sy, Sr. (2016), Dr. George S.K. Ty (2017) and Diosdado Banatao (2018).

“These illustrious personalities were members of the youth group once in their time,” Perfecto said.

According to Perfecto, the Siklab Awards have four phases: Nomination, Finalists, Awards and Roadshow.

Qualified for the awards are “Those who embodies the entrepreneurial and patriotic spirit of RVR,” Perfecto said. “He must have demonstrated exceptional leadership through initiatives in organizing and managing sustainable business or social enterprises or programs that make the lives of their community better and have passion for nation building.”

Eligibility for the awards are (1) Filipino Citizen or holders of Philippine passport (2) Those of Filipino ethnicity whose work have made an impact in a community in the Philippines (3) 25 to 35 years old (4) Must not have been charged with any case nor have any pending cases in any court (5) Must possess a significant leadership role in an organization for at least three years

The nominees may come from, but not limited to, the following sectors: Business, Government/Politics, Arts & culture, Agriculture, Sports & Athletics, Media & journalism, Environment, Science & Technology, Community Development/Civil society and others.

Perfecto said the criteria are: Making Lives Better (30%). RVR made the lives of Filipinos better. Making lives better is accomplished by providing Filipinos with the tools and opportunities to be globally competitive.

Another criteria is Nation Building (30%). RVR was purpose driven to rebuild the Philippines and make it a better, stronger nation. Business or social enterprises should have the purpose of nation building and the establishment of a strong national identity with shared societal values.

Leadership (20%). RVR influenced people to follow his vision and his advocacies.

Leaders must have strong ethical standards and possess the ability to transform people around them in order to achieve their mission.

Entrepreneurial Spirit (20%). RVR built strong institutions that have continued to grow.

Entrepreneurs begin by identifying a problem and innovatively addressing a societal need. Entrepreneurs must establish processes so that the enterprise remains sustainable.

The nomination process is easy and practical. One may nominate a potential leader of tomorrow via 2 options. Option 1: Fill out our online nomination form at https://tinyurl.com/SiklabOnlineNomination

Option 2: Download a soft copy of the nomination form at https://tinyurl.com/ SiklabNominationForm and fill it out. Nominating himself or herself is not allowed

Nominations may be emailed to rvrsiklabawards@dlsu.edu.ph. Printed copy may be mailed to:

De La Salle University
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration
2401 Taft Ave., Manila, 0922 Philippines


Nominations for Siklab Awards 2019 started August 2018. Deadline is October 31, 2018.

Awarding ceremonies will be on July 25, 2019. You may also send PM on their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/SiklabAwards for any questions or inquiries.

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