The Board of Judges of Asia CEO Awards 2016 has chosen Secretary Albert Del Rosario as this year’s Lifetime Contributor-Public Sector awardeeCesar Purisima’s substantial contributions to the nation as Finance Secretary during its historic era of breakthrough in economic and fiscal achievements was judged to be more than worthy. Philippines progressed from "sick man of Asia" to become the fastest growing tiger economy of the region. The country’s financial ratios improved in all respects while investments in social services were skillfully increased five-fold. Philippines attained its first-ever investment grade credit rating and become a business destination by global decision makers.
The Board of Judges acknowledge Cesar Purisima’s insistence that his achievements were the result of a public/private team effort led by former President Aquino, who will also go down as one of the nation’s greatest leaders. Nevertheless, the accomplishments of Cesar Purisima as Secretary of Finance are considered key to the nation’s development and will have lasting impact for generations.
Tony Meloto has built Gawad Kalinga into arguably the largest poverty alleviation and nation building movement in Philippines. GK is present in almost every province and spread across 2,000 organized communities. The mandate of GK is to end poverty for families who have lived in slums and squalor from one generation after another. Their stated mission is to impact 5 million families by 2024. The innovative GK model has also been adopted in other nations like Cambodia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. It is also in the forefront of peace-building work in conflict areas in Mindanao and reconstruction work in post-disaster communities.