The local government in the Philippines honored Diokno P. Espinosa, a Utility staff of Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), for his selfless service during the peak of the pandemic on November 3.
Diokno Espinosa is awarded the Outstanding Community Volunteer or Outstanding People Awards “Ulirang Ka-Distrito Awardee.”
The award includes a recognition package and a certificate by the local government leader in Quezon City.
According to Ms. Mallorca, former HOA president, there are 14 barangays (local administrative units) in the District 5 of Quezon City, Manila and each barangay has an awardee and Diokno is one of those.
The recognition is to note sincere service to those in need during the pandemic caused by covid-19.
During the award ceremony PM Vargas, a local government leader said, that “ (Espinosa’s) life is a great example and inspiration. True humanists don’t work for recognition or awards but only because they love people.”
Father Victor F. Sadaya, CMF, the General Manager of RVA, stated that “this is an inspiring story of a community member who passionately served his community during the peak of lockdown despite his own difficulties in life.”
“Diokno has stepped up and was very generous in putting his time and energy into making a difference during these challenging times. He also represents the kind of heroism that inspires others in his barangay to act and serve neighbors, leading by example,” said Father Victor.
Father Peter Kyi Mg, the coordinator of Radio Veritas Asia’s Myanmar language service, said, “Diokno is one of the humble and best simple person among the utility staff in RVA. He is hard working with a smiling face and ready to help others.”
Sharing his feeling Diokno said, “Today I am very happy and feel inner joy in my mind because I did not expect this great award to happen in my life. I am grateful because the Philippines local Government recognized the little things I do for my neighbour.”
“In my area, I was the only one who received this award,” said Espinosa.
Espinosa started work at RVA in 1998 as a utility worker.
Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), a media platform of the Catholic Church, aims to share Christ. RVA started in 1969 as a continental Catholic radio station to serve Asian countries in their respective local language, thus earning the tag “the Voice of Asian Christianity.” Responding to the emerging context, RVA embraced media platforms to connect with the global Asian audience via its 21 language websites and various social media platforms.