Nominations still ongoing for the 1st ‘Mission: PHL’ Project of the Year awards

THE Secretariat of “Mission: PHL, the BusinessMirror Envoys & Expats Awards” is calling on all foreign embassies, consulates and development aid agencies based in the country to submit their nominations for the “Project of the Year.”

The deadline will be on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

To provide a better appreciation of Mission: PHL and the Project of the Year Award, here is a rundown of the frequently asked questions about the campaign:

What is Mission: PHL and its objective?

Mission: PHL celebrates the role of nations as partners in Philippine development. It gives due recognition to embassies, consulates and development aid agencies, as well as economic and cultural offices—with projects that have contributed to the country’s economic growth, social progress, peace, security and stability.

Conceptualized in 2017, Mission: PHL, according to Publisher T. Anthony C. Cabangon, “is a corporate social responsibility project of the BusinessMirror. It serves to engender a genuine public understanding and appreciation for nations that have helped the Philippine government in improving the lives and future of the Filipino people.”

How does Mission: PHL work?

Cabangon explained that, “Mission: PHL will be an annual awards of recognition bestowed by the BusinessMirror, in partnership with government agencies, to embassies, consulates, economic and cultural offices, and development aid agencies. Together with the broadsheet, a government agency corresponding to a sector of growth will give an award of recognition for a specific category.”

To date, the BusinessMirror has active partnerships with 10 government agencies, which will recognize eight specific areas or sectors of growth (per embassy and per development aid agency). They are:

The National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) as panel members, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the Biodiversity Award, the Department of Science and Technology (Science, Technology and Innovation Award), the Department of Agriculture (Agriculture and Fishery Award), the Department of Trade and Industry (Trade and Investment Award), the Department of Public Works and Highways (Infrastructure Support Award), the Department of Education (Education Award), Department of Transportation (Transportation Infrastructure Support Award) and the Department of Tourism (Visit the Philippines Award).

Aside from the awards per-agency category, Mission: PHL will hand out recognitions for the “Embassy of the Year” “Development Aid Agency of the Year,” and “Project of the Year,” as adjudged by a special panel that includes one representative each from the BusinessMirror, the private sector, the youth sector, the civil society, academe, the DFA and the Neda.

What is the Project of the Year Award and its mechanics?

One of three major awards for Mission: PHL, it will distinguish outstanding development projects of embassies, consulates, economic and cultural offices, as well as development aid agencies that contribute to Philippine national development. They shall be reviewed and rigorously evaluated by the Mission: PHL panel.

There is no limit to the number of projects that can be nominated by a specific embassy or aid agency.

How does one nominate a project?

Project nominations should be submitted following this format: (a) formal letter of nomination from embassy and/or development aid agency, and (b) narrative presentation per project, which includes: (1) project description and duration; (2) project reach or beneficiaries; (3) project cost; (4) alignment with specific government agency master plan (if any); (5) partnership with government agency (if any); and (6) project sustainability, or the duration of the project’s benefit for the Filipino people.

Where can project nominations be forwarded?

Send all project nomination documents to the Mission: PHL Special Projects Director, Philippines Graphic office, 3rd floor, Dominga Building (Annex), 2113 Chino Roces Avenue corner De la Rosa Street, Makati City 1200, e-mail or call Special Projects Director Psyche Roxas-Mendoza at 0917-5794414.

When is the deadline for submissions?

Deadline for project nominations is on October 31, 2018. Only projects that are already being implemented or are on-ground by the said date will be considered.

A certificate and a trophy will be presented for the Project of the Year, Embassy of the Year and Development Aid Agency of the Year, along with all eight individual category awards, during the formal ceremonies for Mission: PHL in March 2019 at the Samsung Hall of the SM Aura Premier in Taguig City.


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