THE PMA Alumni Associations, Inc. (PMAAAI) presented to Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. a second Cavalier Award, a rare distinction ever achieved by a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1972for his “sterling leadership and professional competence” in public administration.
Mr. Espino, was one of two cavaliers from Pangasinan who received the Cavalier Award last February 20 at the PMA in Baguio City during the PMA Alumni Homecoming, specifically for his leadership that has earned outstanding achievements and accomplishments for the provincial government as provincial chief executive of Pangasinan from 2007 to the present.
The other Pangasinense Cavalier awardee this year was Reynaldo V. Velasco (Class ’71), former mayor of Sta. Barbara town, for Alumni Affairs.
According to the PMAAAI, Gov. Espino’s vision to make Pangasinan as the best place to invest, work, live and raise a family and his successful implementation of the 10 major development thrusts set by Espino’s administration in various fields of achievements led to numerous significant awards that served as proofs of his outstanding leadership over the years.
Mr. Espino, received his first Cavalier Award in 1977 when he was a captain in the Philippine Constabulary, as Military Professional in Police Operations, for his exemplary service and gallantry in action specifically in the capture of the elusive CPP-NPA leaders like Bernabe Buscayno aka “Kumander Dante,” Satur Ocampo, Father Ed Dela Torre and other top officials of the leftist and rebel groups.
The Cavalier Award, a coveted award by a PMA alumnus, is only given annually to the graduates of the academy who distinguished themselves in their chosen fields or professions, so for Gov. Espino to receive the award twice is considered a rare and major feat by a single graduate.
This year’s awards committee chairman Anselmo Avenido said there were 12 Cavalier Awardees.
Others awardees were Ricardo C. Marquez (Class ’82), PNP chief and director general, for special operations. Cecil R. Chen (Class ’82) for Command and Administration, Edgar R. Fallorina (Class ’83) for Staff Functions, Oriel L. Pangcog (Class ’91) for Naval Operations, Jesus Nelson B. Morales (Class ’93) for Air Operations, Jose Chiquito M. Malayo (Class ’89) for Police Operations, Eduardo D. Fabricante (Class ’89) for Coast Guard Operations; Edgar B. Aglipay (Class ’71) for Private Enterprise, and Vicente L. Cejoco (Class ’82) for Special Field.
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