As a manifestation of the value that La Salle puts on its employees and lay partners, the De La Salle Brothers bestowed on 25 employees the coveted Juan Medrano Award during DLSHSI’s 27th Annual Recognition ceremonies held on January 20 at the De La Salle Villarosa Convention Hall. The Juan Medrano Award is a special award from the De La Salle Brothers for employees or lay partners who have served 25 uninterrupted years in a La Salle institution. It is named after the first lay partner of the Brothers. Considering that DLSHSI is only on its 26th year as a Lasallian institution, this speaks of the dedication and commitment that its people have not only to the institution but to the ministry that it stands for.


The Human Resource Management office also gave out awards to those who have served for five, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years at DLSHSI, as well as those who have completed their graduate studies.


Highlight of the night was the big reveal of this year’s Model Employee, nurse Kevin Puyawan of DLSUMC. Kevin was picked from a pool of four Top Achievers, namely, Nursing Aid Edna Galza, Nurse Mary Ann Vergara, and Nurse Winkle Katrina Wong.


“As an employee dapat iniisip din natin what can we do more, what we can give to others. Wag lang kung ano yung trabaho natin kasi kung yun lang ang gagawin natin magiging average employee lang tayo. Dapat meron tayong binibigay na extraordinary para maging extraordinary din yung binibigay nating service,” said Puyawan in his acceptance speech. (Watch out for the next issue of FOCUS for Kevin Puyawan’s insights on service and on being a role model.) Br. Gus Boquer FSC, DLSHSI president, personally thanked all the employees and awardees for their commitment and service to DLSHSI. ”In the last sixth years, I am very proud of what you’ve done for the institution. I wish I can give more. The Lord brought us here together as one Lasallian Family. I ask you to do your part to help our Lord to make our dreams come true and never ever abandon La Salle because La Salle will never abandon you and La Salle will never abandon the poor who come here.”