V. Bruce J. Tolentino, Monetary Board Member and Chairman of the Board of Judges of the 2019 Stakeholders Awards, led the Annual Awards Ceremony and Appreciation Lunch for BSP Stakeholders in Regions VII and VIII, which was held at the BSP Cebu Regional Office, OsmeAa Boulevard, Cebu City. The BSP recognized its outstanding partners that supported its various initiatives and advocacy programs in 2018. The theme of this year's Awards Ceremony is One Team One Goal: Resilient Partnership Towards Inclusive Economic Growth.

A total of thirteen (13) awards were given to BSP partners under the following award categories:

INFORMATION SUPPORT

Business Expectations Survey

1. Outstanding Respondent among Large and Medium Firms (Region VII) � Metro Retail Stores Group, Inc.

2. Outstanding Respondent among Large and Medium Firms (Region VIII) � Tacloban UltraSteel Corp.

3. Outstanding Respondent among Small Firms (Region VII) � Kenko Tokina Slik Corporation

Sources of Information

4. Outstanding Partner for the Report on Regional Economic Developments in the Philippines (Region VII) � National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) � Region VII

5. Outstanding Partner for the Report on Regional Economic Developments in the Philippines (Region VIII) � Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Regional Statistical Services Office VIII

ADVOCACY SUPPORT

Currency Programs of the BSP

6. Outstanding Regional Partner (Cebu Regional Office) � Clean Note and Coin Policy Program � Philippine National Bank

7. Outstanding Regional Partner (Dumaguete Branch) � Clean Note and Coin Policy Program � Bank of the Philippine Islands (Dumaguete Branch)

8. Outstanding Regional Partner (Tacloban Branch) � Clean Note and Coin Policy Program � Bank of the Philippine Islands

Conduct of Public Information Campaigns

9. Outstanding Regional Partner for Implementing BSP's Advocacy on the Conduct of Public Information Campaigns (Cebu Regional Office) � Bohol Bankers Association

10. Outstanding Regional Partner for Implementing BSP's Advocacy on the Conduct of Public Information Campaigns (Dumaguete Branch) � Department of Education (DepEd) � Negros Oriental Division

11. Outstanding Regional Partner for Implementing BSP's Advocacy on the Conduct of Public Information Campaigns (Tacloban Branch) � Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board VIII (LTFRB VIII)

Knowledge Resource Network

12. Outstanding Regional Knowledge Resource Network Partner (Cebu Regional Office) � Bohol Provincial Library and Information Center

13. Outstanding Regional Knowledge Resource Network Partner (Dumaguete Branch) � Dumaguete City Public Library

The annual stakeholders awards in Regions VII and VIII is the fifth in a series of 11 regional BSP stakeholders' events for this year.

Source: Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)