Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Benjamin Madrigal Jr., with the board members of Metrobank Foundation, shows the "Kapit-Bisig" trophy the AFP received as one of the 40 Partner in Empowerment, Advocacy, and Commitment to Excellence honorees during the 40th Anniversary celebration of Metrobank Foundation on 21 February 2019 in Pasay City. (Photo by SN1 Donald H Viluan PN/PAOAFP)

CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) was bestowed the Partner in Empowerment, Advocacy, and Commitment to Excellence (PEACE) recognition by the Metrobank Foundation Inc. during its 40th Anniversary celebration on Thursday, 21 February 2019, at the Le Pavillion, Pasay City.

AFP Chief of Staff General Benjamin Madrigal Jr. received the "Kapit-Bisig" trophy for AFP’s PEACE recognition from the board members of Metrobank Foundation during the event.

Metrobank Foundation bestowed the PEACE recognition to its 40 select partner institutions whose commitment in uplifting the lives of the least in society and in recognizing the best of the Filipinos mirrors that of the Foundation.

The roster of the 2019 PEACE honorees consists of institutions from national government agencies, non-government and socio-civic organizations, diplomatic missions, media, business, and the academe.

Metrobank Foundation also recognized 40 exceptional men and women who have set a worthy example for every Filipino to emulate, called the Award for Continuing Excellence and Service (ACES).

The 2019 ACES awardees included the following current and former AFP officers: General Carlito Galvez, Jr. (Ret), former AFP chief of staff and 2007 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Soldier; Major General Alexander Balutan (Ret), 2011 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Soldier; Lieutenant General Raul Del Rosario (Ret), 2011 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Soldier; Lieutenant General Danilo Pamonag (Ret), 2015 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Soldier; Commodore Alberto Carlos, Naval Combat Engineering Brigade Commander and 2014 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Soldier; Rear Admiral Erick Kagaoan, Philippine Navy Chief-of-Naval Staff and 2012 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Soldier; Major General Cirilito Sobejana, Philippine Army 6th Infantry Division Commander and 1995 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Soldier; Colonel Giemel Espino PAF,  2005 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Soldier; Brigadier General Custodio Parcon Jr., Acting The Inspector General of AFP and 1994 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Soldier; Chief Master Sergeant Nelson Mercado PAF, 2011 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Soldier; Colonel Hernanie Songano PN (M), 2005 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Soldier; and Colonel Romeo Brawner, Jr. PA, 2013 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Soldier.

The board members of Metrobank Foundation presented the SPIRAL medallion to ACES awardees.

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