PHILIPPINE Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Alexander Balutan receieved the Award for Continuing Excellence and Service (ACES) by Metrobank Foundation (MBFI) in recognition for his continued service and excellence during a ceremeony held at the Le Pavillon on EDSA, Pasay City.
“I feel proud and honored to be chosen as one of the ACES awardees,” Balutan said.
The recognition, which coincided with MBFI’s 40th founding anniversary, was given to past MBFI awardee who have continued to stand out in their respective fields after having been honored by the Foundation for their career service achievements.
In 2011, Balutan was one of The Outstanding Philippine Soldier (TOPS) awardees.
A graduate of Philippine Military Academy “Matikas” Class of 1983 who earned the moniker “Mandirigma” (or warrior in English), the bemedalled major general has served the government as Marine commander and Bureau of Corrections chief.
Prior to his current position, Balutan was a Mindanao combat veteran whose intelligence-gathering helped quell threats in conflict-plagued provinces like Sultan Kudarat and Maguindanao.
Balutan spent over 38 years in the Marine Corps, two-thirds of it in the battlefronts, and has survived more than 50 combat encounters and four ambushes.
Balutan credited his humble beginnings as what greatly shaped who he is today.
“My late father had said ‘we are not capable.’ That challenged and encouraged us to stand and fight our way in life. Up to now, I think about it. Due to my late father’s excellent parenting, all of us his children are now successful in life,” Balutan said.
Balutan’s father Alejandro was a World War II veteran and a master sergeant at the Philippine Army.