Press Release
February 10, 2015

Senate commends 6 TOYM awardees

The Senate today adopted a resolution commending six Filipinos for bagging The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of the Philippines 2014 award.

Senate Resolution 1116, introduced by Senator Manuel "Lito" Lapid, said awardees were recognized for their contributions in government and public service, agricultural engineering, journalism, public administration, medical science and public health and law.

The awardees are Biñan City Mayor Marlyn Alonte-Naguiat, Jessie Pascual Bitog, Philippine Daily Inquirer business reporter Ma. Doris Dumlao; Liloan, Cebu Mayor Vincent Franco Frasco, Deputy Head of the Philippine Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Science, Dr. John Mark Velasco and lawyer and Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist Oscar Franklin Tan.

Lapid said the awardees were chosen by the Junior Chamber International, known as the Philippine Jaycees, from a long list of nominees.

Organized in 1959, the TOYM Awards is an annual project aimed at recognizing young men and women whose selfless dedication to their profession and fields of endeavour resulted to significant contributions to the Philippines.

It is organized and presented by the Philippine Jaycees, the Gerry Roxas Foundation, Inc. and the TOYM Foundation, Inc.

Alonte-Naguiat, Biñan's youngest and first woman mayor, was recognized for introducing an innovative system that simplified government transactions, eliminated corruption and created a business-friendly environment in Biñan.

Bitog was cited for his achievements in science and technology, particularly in the field of agricultural engineering while Dumlao was awarded for her achievements in journalism here and abroad.

Frasco, Liloan's youngest mayor, was lauded for his unique style of leadership and for transforming a sleepy town into a first class municipality, Velasco for his efforts in the early detection and control of the pandemic (h1N1) 2009 strain among Filipino soldiers and Tan for simplifying his articles at the Inquirer and making it more understandable to the ordinary Filipino people. (MaeJoy Albano)

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