Davao social worker named 2017 Bayaning Pilipino

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 03 2017 10:09 PM | Updated as of Aug 03 2017 10:37 PM

A social worker from Davao who spent years helping children from a local Badjao community was named this year's Gawad Geny Lopez Bayaning Pilipino awardee.

Fructuosa Alma Olivo has been helping Badjao youth go to school and receive proper nutrition.

"Ito po ay very ordinary, very common, simple. Lahat po tayo ay tinawag na bayani. When we give, we give until it hurts," Olivo said.

Darlito "Darling" Palermo also received a special award for helping differently abled people, such as him, to realize their full potential.

John Mark Odani won the Bayaning Kabataan Award for providing health services to the indigenous peoples living in far-flung villages in Maitum town, Sarangani, while Proriasis Philippines was named Bayaning Samahan for raising awareness about the condition and helping those who suffer from it get rid of the stigma associated with the disease.

Filipinos living overseas were also recognized. Katherine Corteza was named Bayaning Pilipino sa South Korea for educating Filipinos there about their rights and privileges as workers.

Noli Perez, an overseas worker in Qatar, won the Bayaning Pilipino sa Qatar for helping fellow OFWs, compromising his safety in the process.

Darlito Palermo (2nd right) receives the Special Award from ABS-CBN Chairman Eugenio Lopez III (3rd right) at the 14th Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino Awards 2017 at the Dolphy Theather on Wednesday. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Darlito Palermo (2nd right) receives the Special Award from ABS-CBN Chairman Eugenio Lopez III (3rd right) at the 14th Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino Awards 2017 at the Dolphy Theather on Wednesday. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Fructuosa Alma Olivo (2nd right) reacts after being named the Individual Winner at the 14th Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino Awards 2017 at the Dolphy Theather on Wednesday. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Fructuosa Alma Olivo from Davao - receives the Bayaning Pilipino Individual Award from ABS-CBN Chairman Eugenio Lopez III at the 14th Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino Awards 2017 at the Dolphy Theather on Wednesday. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News