Sources: East-West Center: Fifty Years, Fifty Stories; The RVR Award 2010 Program, The Philippine Starweek VOL. XXIV No. 27.
Development banker Jesus P. Tambuting and agribusiness manager Senen C. Bacani are the recipients of the 1st Ramon V. del Rosario, Sr. Award for Nation Building, sponsored by the Junior Chamber International Manila (Jaycees), and the Asian Institute of Management’s RVR Center for Corporate Social Responsibility.
Senen Bacani (ISI: 66-68, Assoc: 02, OEA: 08) was inspired by the work of his father to shift policies and programs in the agribusiness sector in the Philippines to alleviate poverty in rural areas and provide better employment opportunities.
A CPA, Mr. Bacani was granted an East-West Center Scholarship in 1966 and graduated from the University of Hawai’i with a Masters in Business Administration in 1968. About his experience at the East-West Center, he says: “My East-West Center experience primed me to be more sensitive to cultural differences in dealing with people, and at the same time made me more cognizant of the inter-relatedness of different events in the world and their impact on countries and their people.”
As Secretary of Agriculture to President Corazon Aquino, Senen Bacani not only did he streamlined the process to export rice, corn and sugar, but also shifted government policies towards the improvement of agribusiness policies. He is the co-founder of La Frutera, Inc., which is a model of how development and peace go together.
This annual award hopes to recognize men and women who have proven themselves worthy of honor and emulation, and should demonstrate such outstanding traits as Entrepreneurial Spirit, National or Global Impact, Corporate Citizenship and Social Responsibility. The award is named in honor of Junior Chamber International Manila’s founding president and acknowledged ‘Father of Philippine Modern Industry’, Mr. Ramon V. del Rosario, Sr.