Operation Blessing (OB), the humanitarian arm of CBN Asia, was conferred the Gawad sa Kapayapaan (Award for Peace) by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the military unit’s 85th Founding Anniversary last December 21, 2020. The organization was recognized for its active support and contributions to the successful implementation of the AFP development support and security plan Kapayapaan, especially during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing humanitarian assistance to communities in need. Mr. John Tan, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of CBN Asia, and Corporate Communications and Resource Development Department Head of Operation Blessing, Gigi Endaya, received the award given by the Chief of Staff General Gilbert Gapay.
The Award for Peace is one of the highest distinctions given by the AFP to individuals and institutions who have proffered valuable contributions in promoting societal understanding and reconciliation or made an exceptional achievement in pursuit of national accord and development.
“The partnership between Operation Blessing and the Armed Forces of the Philippines is so valuable. The AFP has been our partner for more than 20 years, and they have provided logistics, personnel, transportation to medical mission, disaster relief, and many other outreaches of OB Philippines. To receive this award is such an honor, to be acknowledged as their partner and as their co-worker in bringing stability, peace, and comfort to those who are suffering in our country,” said Tan.
This year, OB faced a myriad of unprecedented challenges because of the global coronavirus pandemic and the natural disasters, which have negatively impacted the protection and well-being of many Filipinos across the country. This resulted to loss of access to medical services, freedom of movement, and livelihoods; increased food insecurity; and poverty.
However, in the response, unity and ingenuity also have flourished. In a statement, OB shared the award with all its “generous donors, trusted partners, and kind-hearted volunteers who gave their best effort” and stand with the organization even in the most challenging time. “What a good time to receive such an award, and share the joy with and honor our partners in mission,” said Gigi Endaya. Committing to its humanitarian principles, OB pledged to firmly install the pillars of shared peace in all its relief and recovery efforts.
OB is currently expanding its network of partnerships with corporate institutions, civic and volunteer organizations, and churches to help bring its cause to fruition. Interested partners may contact 09189067753 for more details.