EnP Celestino Desamito is PRC’s Most Outstanding EnP for 2016. Below is his PRC Citation:
Advancing the profession from the grassroots, Tinoy exemplifies in action the various roles of a Filipino planner as a strategist, advocate, communicator, teacher, community development worker, facilitator, entrepreneur and volunteer.
His sustained excellence in planning and community development is manifested on his various distinguished awards such as One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) on Community Development, Most Outstanding National Volunteer, Most Outstanding UP Alumnus on Community Development, Most Outstanding Alumnus of the UP-SURP, Most Outstanding Veterinarian in Rural Practice, and recipient of the House of Representatives’ Commendation on Rural Development.
Being South Cotabato’s First Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator, he also laid the foundations of the spatial development of the Province of South Cotabato, now a Regional Administrative Center.
Indeed, Tinoy is a hands-on volunteer environmental planner who advocates regional planning from ‘ridge to reef’ – as member of the city, provincial and regional development councils and local special bodies; and with his involvement in all areas of planning ranging from solid waste management to disaster risk reduction, land use and zoning, monitoring and evaluationand economic/ social/ infrastructure/ environment / institutional development.
At age 75, he is still unstoppable as he recently earned his degree in Master of Science in Tropical Risk Management and now earning his PhD in Extension Education.
In recognition of his lifelong commitment in upholding volunteerism and community development, insatiable quest for continuing professional education, and outstanding contributions to nation-building as urban and regional planner – the People’s Veterinarian, Altruistic Volunteer, Unstoppable Community Development Worker, Disaster Manager and Practicing Development Planner on the Ground – (RET) COL. CELESTINO “TINOY” FERNANDEZ DESAMITO, JR., MURP, MCD, MTRM, DVM, LLB, EnP (Source: PRC)