A Director of International Labor Affairs Service, Department of Labor and Employment that has been involved in programs and policies that help workers, particularly overseas Filipino workers, was chosen as one of the Ten Outstanding Boholanos Around the World (Tobaw) awardees of 2006. She is in the person of Merliza Makinano.
The awarding ceremonies Saturday, 29 of July 2006 at the Sandugo grand ballroom of the Bohol Tropic Resorts was sponsored by Tigum Bol-anon Tibuok Kalibutan and First Consolidated Bank, in cooperation with the Province of Bohol, Diocese of Tagbilaran, Bohol Chronicle and Radio Station Dyrd, and Bohol Chamber of Cmmerce and Industry.
Makinano grew up in Anda and in spite of the lack of resources of her family, she studied and finished her political science degree from the University of the Philippines in Diliman. From there, she obtained masters in international relations from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and a diploma in Oceans Law and Policy from the Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy. Prior to her present position, she worked as senior researcher and analyst in the Office of Strategic and Special Studies of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and became consultant on strategic matters in the defense department. When she moved to the labor department in 2001, she became its youngest director.
Other awardees are: Efren Chatto has dug up a niche in the field of agriculture. Melecia Uy Du is respected in business. Dr. Alma Bella Madrazo founds a base in engineering. Prudencia Cruz archives a record in library science. Cesar Montano makes a stellar name in the performing arts. Atty. Isidro Real Jr., distinguishes himself in public service. Rear Admiral Rogelio Calunsag sails the rough seas of military service. Dr. Antonio Daquipa excels in medicine while and Dr. Rico Cruz braves ways in the wonderful world of science.
In behalf of the Boholanos and Andahanons in Saudi Arabia, A Warm Congratulations! to Dir. Merliza Makinano.