DILG Secretary Benhur Abalos receives Rising Tigers Magazine Nation Builder Award

Once again, the hardwork and dedication of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Benjamin "Benhur C. Abalos. Jr. in the field of serving the people was noticed. In a recent event at the Manila Hotel, he was given recognition as one of the country’s “Nation Builders” by a popular magazine brand.

The award was given by Rising Tigers Magazine on the occasion of their anniversary issue with the theme  "Beyond Leadership."  The magazine's issue featured some of the emerging leaders, nation-builders and captains from different industries.

The awards were given to those who have made a difference in the present generation and have made good contributions not only because of the success of their companies, but  on efforts to reach out to the poor and marginalized sectors in the country.

According to an interview with the magazine's founder, Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas, they admired the secretary for his projects even before he was DILG secretary. "As the DILG top honcho, he is super visible with outstanding performance not just for one activity but to all."  

Leaders from different industries were made as cover stories in the print and digital editions of the Rising Tigers Magazine anniversary issue to inspire and set a good example to its readers.  In addition to Abalos, three other   government officials received the Nation Builder award—Department of   Trade and Industry Sec. Alfredo Pascual, House Deputy Speaker Vincent Franco Frasco of Cebu, and Commission on Elections Chairman George Erwin Mojica Garcia.

Also, PBA Partylist Congresswoman Margarita Nograles and Budget Sec.  Amenah  Pangandaman  were among  the    Women of Substance awardees.   While Walther Buenavista, founder and CEO of Shawarma Shack; David Ackerman, founder and CEO of StratDev; Tristan Cabrera, Esports Pro Player; Atty. Arnel  Mateo, founder and CEO of ADM & Partners Data Privacy and Consulting Inc.; Yu Ming Chin, founder and CEO of Viventis Asia; Nino Rovillos, founder and CEO of Illos  Party Trays; Ramon Garcia Jr, chairman of DFNN; and Michael Pacquiao, a  musician, were among the Business leaders given recognition.


Five other women were awarded the Women of Substance Award. They are Blanca Mercado, President and CEO of The Manila Times; Michèle Boccoz, French ambassador; Răduţa Dana Matache, Ambassador of Romania; Jessica Bellen, founder and CEO of Jessy & Co; and Mutya  Ng Pilipinas  2022 Iona Gibbs.  

The program was presented in   collaboration with the   Makati Tourism Foundation and various embassies in the country. Other participants in the presentation include the Philippine Korean Chamber, the Embassy of Romania and France, the Kiwanis Club of Makati and the Los Baños Chamber of Commerce and Industry.    

Rising Tigers Magazine is the best-selling business and lifestyle magazine available at the National Bookstore. They give recognition to emerging government leaders and captains from different industries.

"I am so happy and grateful to receive this honor," the secretary said.   " I dedicate this recognition to   all   my colleagues at DILG who are working together to raise the level of governance in local    governments," he added. 

Abalos recently got an 85% performance rating and 90% trust rating   in the  Voice  ng Bayan survey conducted by RP-Mission and Development Foundation Inc.                   

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