Press Release
March 14, 2018

Senate commends 2017 TOYM awardees

The Senate today unanimously adopted a resolution commending the eight awardees of last year's "The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of the Philippines."

Senate Resolution No. 576 was introduced by Senator Nancy Binay, taking into consideration Senate Resolution No. 677 introduced by Senator Juan Edgardo Angara.

According to the resolution, the Senate lauded the eight TOYM awardees for their "excellence and steadfast consistency in their craft."

"The Senate of the Philippines over the years recognizes and pays tribute to remarkable men and women of competence and deeds that symbolizes the character of a true Filipino," the resolution said.

Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III led the other senators in presenting copies of the resolution to the 2017 TOYM awardees, which included Bogo City Chief of Police Byron Allatog for government service- law enforcement, 2016 Summer Olympic medalist Hidilyn Diaz for sports, musical director Cirilo Joseph Javier for arts and music, veterinarian Eugenio Mende for veterinary medicine, teacher Ronaldo Reyes for education, indigenous people's rights advocate Jason Roy Sibug for community development, educator and peace advocate Mark Anthony Torres for government service-education, and journalist Chiara Anne Zambrano for journalism and mass communication.

The resolution said the TOYM Award "is vastly recognized as the most prestigious accolade in the country, given to young men and women whose efforts in their various fields made distinguished contributions to the welfare of their countrymen."

The awards have been given annually by the Junior Chamber International Philippines since I959, the resolution added.

The names of the eight awardees were first released last December 26, 2017.

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