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Bicol’s pride Bueno named nominee in Search for Outstanding Volunteers

By Sally Atento-Altea


LEGAZPI CITY --- A Bicolano teacher from Mariroc High School in Tabaco City, Albay was hailed as the 2022 Brightest STAR in Mathematics for his exceptional dedication and integration of the STAR Program training in his teaching.


Rigor B. Bueno has been a Math teacher for 13 years and was chosen as the winner among 78 nominees and three shortlisted contenders.

Rigor B Bueno, a Math teacher from Mariroc High School in Tabaco City, Albay was hailed as the 2022 Brightest STAR in Mathematics for his exceptional dedication and integration of the STAR Program training in his teaching. He was also honored by the DOST Region 5 during the recent Science and Technology Week.


The Science Teacher Academy for the Regions (STAR) is a training program of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) that capacitates teachers to ensure a holistic approach to developing science education in the country. Teachers with exemplary performance were honored during the Search for the Brightest STAR recognition program.


He was also honored by the DOST Region 5 during the recent Science and Technology Week.


He said Project STAR became an “avenue to improve his teaching strategies”, especially for students with the most minor mastery of the subject.


“It helped me to accurately integrate math topics to other disciplines in order to facilitate the teaching-learning process,” he said.

Some 42 Kindergarten pupils of Nagsipit Elementary School at Nagsipit Mariroc, Tabaco City is one the chosen beneficiaries of the Mariroc High School AlgeBros Society (Mathematics Club) for the Annual Gift-Giving Activity (Year 6). (Photo from Rigor Bueno)


The Brightest STAR award is given to exemplary Science and Mathematics teachers who have been effectively integrating their STAR training into their teaching practice and aim to cultivate a culture of innovation among teachers.


Finalist in Search for Outstanding Volunteers


Bueno was also part of the shortlisted nominees to the 2022 Search for Outstanding Volunteers (SOV) of the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA).


Some 42 Kindergarten pupils of Nagsipit Elementary School at Nagsipit Mariroc, Tabaco City is one the chosen beneficiaries of the Mariroc High School AlgeBros Society (Mathematics Club) for the Annual Gift-Giving Activity (Year 6).


He recounted an unforgettable outreach activity when he was seven years old which inspired him to choose children as beneficiaries for the outreach programs he initiated.


“Alam ko ang pakiramdaman ng mga batang napapasaya sa ganoong proyekto. Tumatatak. Ito ang inspiration ko kun bakit madalas mga bata ang aking benepesyaryo sa aking mga initiated programs. Nakakataba ng puso makitang masaya ang mga bata, (“I know the feeling of children who were made happy by those projects. It is my inspiration why the children are often the beneficiaries of my initiated programs.  It’s heart-warming to see the children happy”),” he said.


During his first year in college in 2006, Bueno said the relief operation for families devastated by typhoon Reming which also benefitted and sustained his family has moved and inspired him to reach out to those in need.


“It was the time, I saw and felt that there are so many good people who are so willing to lend a hand. I was so moved and inspired by them. I told myself that once I had the capacity to do the same, I will never hesitate to extend my help the best that I could,” he said.


Volunteer’s greatest accomplishment


From one man, the inspiration to reach out to others was passed on to other schools, organizations, and private individuals.


“My greatest accomplishment as a volunteer is to inspire others to do the same,” he said.


Bueno cited the projects that he initiated particularly the PROJECT MTAP – MATHao nin Tabang Asin Pag-Asa, SPONSOR A LEARNER PROJECT: Handog Gamit Pang-Eswkela, Hatid ay Saya at Pag-Asa; and the Annual Gift-Giving Activity to Children which were also replicated by others.


Indeed, a small act of volunteerism makes a difference.


The SOV aims to identify and recognize outstanding Filipino volunteers and volunteer organizations for their exemplary performance and achievements in empowering communities and promoting volunteerism as a way of life, contributing to nation-building. (PIA5/Albay)

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