TAGUIG CITY, August 29, 2023 – DepEd Region X Bukidnon Master Teacher Rex M. Sario was declared as one of the awardees of the 2023 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino for Teachers.

After a thorough validation and interviews, Mr. Rex M. Sario, MAT, Master Teacher 1/Teacher-in-Charge, Balogo Elementary School, Division of Bukidnon, was named as one of the four teachers who bagged the award during the conferment ceremony at Grand Ballroom, Grand Hyatt Manila, Taguig City, on August 29.

“As one of the founders of Balogo Elementary School, I have the privilege to start everything right. One of the very important things that I have instilled in my mind is to increase my value. I will always motivate my fellow teachers to give your best, we will provide quality education,” Sario said in an interview.

Mr. Sario spearheads transformative learning adapting to the modern ways of teaching children. An iconic figure in envisioning the future in line with the Department of Education’s MATATAG agenda, which call for resilient changes to the curricula, educational services, and facility requirements as well as to the wellness of students and programs for supporting teachers. He is regarded as the Bukidnon’s Icon for Transformative Education in the Modern Age.

DepEd X Regional Director Dr. Arturo B. Bayocot, CESO III, expressed his gratitude to Mr. Sario. “At least in my incumbency in Region X, I have seen how Rex Sario works consistently in doing his mandates as a public school teacher in a very remote school in Pangantucan, Bukidnon. He creates, innovates, challenges the status quo, and delivers. He goes extra mile especially on negotiation, partnership, and collaboration to generate support and involvement from the community for the school children’s improved learning outcomes and welfare,” Bayocot said.

Since 2018, Mr. Sario has become the fourth recipient of the award from Northern Mindanao. He exemplifies the Metrobank Foundation tagline Beyond Excellence by demonstrating character, competence, and compassion that Filipinos can aspire for.

In 2018, Mr. Sario was also a National Finalist for the Brightest Science Teacher Academy for the Regions (STAR). Indeed, for the Win, DepEd NorMin!

The award is the flagship program of Metrobank Foundation, and the conferment event is one of the centerpieces of its anniversary celebration. It is the most prestigious career-service award that recognizes Filipino exemplars in public service who best epitomize the values of patriotism, integrity, courage, and social responsibility in the education, military, and police sectors.

Northern Mindanao’s Department of Education is devoted to producing teachers and nonteaching professionals who are aligned with the Department’s core values of Maka-Diyos, Maka-tao, Makakalikasan, and Makabansa. │ PAU Fatima E. Villaremo