Manila (AsiaNews) - Six outstanding individuals from Bangladesh, Cambodia,
India, Indonesia, Philippines and Taiwan will receive the 2012 Ramon Magsaysay Award,
a prize also known as the Asian Nobel. The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation announced
the winners today. The award ceremony will be held at the Philippine International Convention Center on 31 August. Each laureate
will receive a medallion bearing the likeness of the late president, a
certificate and a cash prize. This year's winners will join 290 other men and
women whose deeds were recognised with Asia's highest award.
six were "all deeply involved in creating sustainable solutions to poverty
and its accompanying disempowerment," foundation president Carmencita
Abella said in a statement. "Working selflessly in unpretentious yet powerful
ways, they are showing how commitment, competence, and collaborative leadership
can truly transform millions of individual lives and galvanize progressive
community action. [. . .] They are all deeply rooted in hope."
Award is given in six categories: government service; public service; community
leadership; journalism, literature and creative communication arts; peace and
international understanding; and emergent leadership.
The 2012 award goes to the following individuals:
Chen Shu-Chu, a
vegetable vendor from Taiwan, recognised for "the pure altruism
of her personal giving, which reflects a deep, consistent, quiet compassion,
and has transformed the lives of the numerous Taiwanese she has helped."
Romulo Davide, an
agricultural scientist from the Philippines, recognised for
"his steadfast passion in placing the power and discipline of science in
the hands of farmers in the Philippines, who have consequently multiplied their
yields, created productive farming communities, and rediscovered the dignity of
Kulandei Francis, an
India, recognised for "his visionary zeal, his profound faith in community
energies, and his sustained programs in pursuing the holistic economic
empowerment of thousands of women and their families in rural India."
Syeda Rizwana Hasan, a lawyer from Bangladesh, recognised for "her
uncompromising courage and impassioned leadership in a campaign of judicial
activism in Bangladesh that affirms the people's right to a good environment as
nothing less than their right to dignity and life."
Yang Saing Koma, an
agricultural expert from Cambodia, recognised for "his creative
fusion of practical science and collective will that has inspired and enabled
vast numbers of farmers in Cambodia to become more empowered and productive
contributors to their country's economic growth."
Ambrosius Ruwindrijarto, an environmentalist from Indonesia, recognised for "his
sustained advocacy for community-based natural resource management in
Indonesia, leading bold campaigns to stop illegal forest exploitation, as well
as fresh social enterprise initiatives that engage the forest communities as
their full partners."
Ramon Magsaysay (1907-1957) became the third president of the Philippines
after the Second World War. His life and example were highly influential at
home and abroad.
The award given in his memory was created in 1958, a year after his
death. So far, 290 individuals have received the prize, which some have dubbed
the Asian Nobel Prize.