|Dr. Lagmay, Dr. Ella, and Sec. Singson|
In 1988, the Philippine Jaycee Senate, now officially known as JCI Senate Philippines, conceived “The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL)” Awards. The organization enlisted the support of Insular Life to institutionalize public recognition of men and women, aged 41 years and above, who deserve credit for their exemplary contributions to society.
The TOFIL awardees for 2013 are Dr. Arsenio B. Ella for Environmental Conservation and Sustainable Development; Dr. Alfredo Mahar Francisco A. Lagmay for Geology/Earth Sciences; and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio L. Singson for Government/Public Service.
His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III was present during the ceremonies to personally hand over the trophies to the winners. In his message, the nation’s leader commended the three awardees for their contribution to “the advancement of our people. [They] have done much to elevate their fields, promote public welfare, and fuel national development.” President Aquino lauded their actions and endeavors that make them “true inspirations for our people and ideal role models whom our citizens can emulate.”