SOCOB launches search for outstanding citizens-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
SINCE its inception in 1975, the Search for the Outstanding Citizens of Baguio (SOCOB) continues to inspire residents to work for the progress of the Summer Capital.
Society of the Outstanding Citizens of Baguio chairman Dr. Priscilla Macansantos said they are calling for nominations for this year's search, which aims to recognize outstanding individuals who contributed to the development of the community.
Macansantos said nomination forms may be accessed through the mysocob.org website or through the City Mayor's Office. The deadline for submission of the nominations will be on May 31.
Nominees for the search must be Baguio–born or a resident of the city for at least 10 years; at least 35 years old; and must be known for his integrity and unquestionable good moral character.
"Nominees should be at least 35 years old unless they or their contribution to the community are very exceptional," Macansantos said.
The final list of outstanding citizens will be forwarded by the selection committee to Mayor Mauricio Domogan who chairs the selection committee.
Domogan said the institutionalization of the annual search in 1998 and further amended in 1999 and in 2008 has paved way for the yearly search.
SOCOB vice-chairman Dr. Reynaldo Bautista said the nominee must have performed equally important and worthy roles in both the private and public sectors exemplifying leadership in the community and in organizations.
Bautista said the nominees will have to undergo a stringent background investigation with the selection committee verifying financial, police, NBI and community standing of the nominee to ensure only deserving individuals will be included in the final list of awardees.
"All nominees should be certain to allow that their records will be accessed in all these offices," he said.
The nomination committee emphasized nominees must have worthy sectoral contribution and participation in socio-economic, socio-cultural and educational undertakings and must not have been a previous Baguio charter day awardee.
A nominee must have contributed to the development of Baguio in the fields of education, environment, sports, tourism, law, agriculture, business, government service, arts and culture, science and technology, health, journalism, religion-spiritual development, military-heroic acts among others.
The outstanding citizen award is the highest citation the city government gives to its residents to be handed to the person during the Baguio charter day celebration on September 1.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 20, 2014.