By Ma. Cristina C. Arayata
MANILA, June 21 (PNA) -– The Department of Science and Technology – Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC) recently awarded the MIRDC Legacy Trophy to Engr. Rolando Jaurigue.
Every year since 2010, the DOST awards the Legacy Trophy to someone who made a big contribution in the metals and engineering (M&E) industry, DOST Assistant Secretary Robert Dizon told the Philippines News Agency (PNA).
He added that every industry association could nominate whoever they think is deserving. The award aims to recognize individuals for leaving a lasting impression in the M&E industry.
Furthermore, it is the MIRDC’s way to show the industry that it values and recognizes individuals who dedicate themselves to the advancement of the industry.
Jaurigue is past president of the Philippine Steelmakers Association and of the Philippine Metalcasting Industry (which was called the Philiipine Foundry Society before).
He was one of the founding officers of the Forging Industry Association of the Philippines, and past chairman of the Metals and Engineering Board.
The awardee was also a member of the DOST-MIRDC’s Governing Council representing the private sector for 12 years.
During the awarding ceremony at the DOST Compound last June 18, Dizon said they are grateful for everything Jarigue has done to put together the different players of the steel industry. “Uniting them and making them help one another is key to achieving a harmonious relationship among various stakeholders.
The Legacy Trophy is a brass replica of a sculpted work by National Artist Napoleon Abueva, who was commissioned by the MIRDC back in 1977.
It also includes a depiction of a crystal structure of iron embedded with the MIRDC logo. Also, it has a quote from Vince Lombardi, “It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever – the one who recognizes the challenge and does something about it.”
Board of judges include three private sector representatives of the MIRDC Governing Council, and chaired by the MIRDC executive director.
Criteria for judging are as follows:
Important contributions to the M&E industry – 70 percent; Proven leadership qualities – 15 percent (which is sub-divided into Active involvement in M&E related associations – 10 percent, and Active involvement in civic and social organizations- 5 percent); and Professional achievements and experience – 15 percent (composed of Integrity and commitment to highest professional standards – 10 percent, and Length of service in M&E related business organizations – 5 percent).
Those who can qualify must be a Filipino citizen, and should be at least 50 years old at the time of the awarding. (PNA)