Pangasinan gained another headway after producing two (2) Pangasinense winners in the 2012 Search For The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS) conducted by the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. and the Rotary Club of Makati Metro.
Aniceto M. Sobrepeῆa, president of Metrobank Foundation, Inc. congratulated Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. following the selection of Col. Raul J. Tangco who was born in Bayambang and Sr. Master Sgt. Augusto D. Reyes who was born in San Quintin, Pangasinan.
Tangco was selected under the Technical and Administrative Service-Corps of Professors Category. He is the Dean of Academics of the Academic Group, Philippine Military Academy.
Reyes who was chosen under the Philippine Air Force Enlisted Personnel Category is the Overall Non-Commissioned Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Assistant Chief of Air Staff for Civil Military Operations.
The two winners will join the elite roster of outstanding soldiers of our country and will be conferred their award on September 5 during the awarding ceremonies for The Outstanding Filipino Soldiers.
As this developed, Sobrepeῆa has requested Gov. Espino to grant the two soldiers conferment and appropriate recognition after the awarding ceremonies of The Outstanding Filipinos to further inspire our Philippine soldiers and the rest of the Armed Forces in Pangasinan.
The two pride of Pangasinan merited the award for the excellent performance of their duties as role models of the AFP.
TOPS is an annual search which recognizes and pays tribute to the outstanding examples of gallantry, dedication, commitment, professionalism and integrity among members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. (PIO/Angeline D. Villanueva).