A Bohol tourist driver stamped his class from nine other finalist to emerge as champion in the Pinoy Tsuper Hero (PTH) Year 4 grand finals held at the ABS-CBN Dolphy Theater last 21 November 2019.
Augusto “Gus” Pascual clinched the honor from PTH — which awards outstanding drivers who are able to show concrete evidences of how driving was able to create a difference in their families’ lives, showed leadership in their own transport groups, and have contributed to their respective communities.
The other nine finalists were George Pasicolan of Tuguegarao City, Ronnel Historia of Tuguegarao City, Manuel Racoma of Ilocos Sur, Joseph Membrillo of Tacloban City, Eusibio Fabia of Tacloban City, Victor Deloy of Cagayan De Oro City, Roland Castrodes of Cabadbaran City, Richard Gulle of National Capital Region and Anthony Hidea of Sorsogon City.
A collaboration between Phoenix, Inc., ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc. (AFI), and Bayan Academy for Social Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Development, Inc. (Bayan Academy), the PTH is an advocacy program for the protection of the environment, formation of more cohesive and stronger Filipino families, and development of an accident-free community.
Pascual, in his speech, said that he is thankful that organizers have created the project where they are able to transform the image of drivers.
“From being seen as undisciplined, the public will know that there are still those who are disciplined and can be trusted, and that there is dignity in what we do,” said Pascual.
Pascual was born in Nueva Ecija but lived in different cities because of work. As a medical representative for a big pharmaceutical company, he was assigned in Tagbilaran City, Bohol in 1989. He had plans to relocate his family to Manila. But on his sixth year in Bohol as a medical representative, his request to be assigned in Luzon was not granted, but instead, will be assigned in Zamboanga.
In 1995, being fully committed to his family, Pascual decided to turn down the new assignment and pursued other opportunities in Bohol. In April 2012, he joined the Bohol Island Operators and Drivers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BIODMPC), a company that offers tourist packages in the island. In just a month, Pascual was voted by the board as BIODMPC’s chairman.
The cooperative experienced a lot of breakthroughs, such as acquiring P3.7 million in assets by December 2018, under his leadership.
Pascual received an accumulated P145,000 cash prize, a brand new vehicle, P50,000 worth of Phoenix Petroleum fuel and lubes products and a livelihood package sponsored by Super Phoenix LPG and Posible as the PTH grand champion. He is also the official Phoenix Petroleum Ambassador for one year.
This year’s competition received more than 12,000 nominations nationwide. After deliberation, only the top 30 drivers were sent to Metro Manila for a five-day training that included lessons on defensive driving, road safety, environmental protection, and entrepreneurship.
This year’s training included financial literacy lessons to further empower finalists who were given cash prizes to implement their pitched community projects.
Henry Albert Fadullon, Chief Operating Officer of Phoenix, Inc., shared how these drivers inspires and motivates their company.
“Everyday, we can be a hero. And it’s actually these everyday, simple things, simple activities that were done well and were done from the heart and with all selflessness, that’s actually what moves the country. We at Phoenix Petroleum, we are delighted, inspired, and motivated to be part of people whose everyday lives are made better. I think our country has more than enough. It can fight its way with the giants in the world. We just need to come together and be patriotic and show little acts of heroism in our everyday lives. I think the stories that I’ve heard today demonstrate that we have what it takes if only more and more of us demonstrate this in our everyday lives,” said Fadullon.
“PTH has been a very good exercise to show how true Bayanihan spirit works,” said Susan Afan, Managing Director of ABS-CBN Foundation. “Phoenix, Inc., ABS-CBN Foundation, ABS-CBN Network Regional and Bayan Academy, collaborated with various local government and private agencies to provide training and seminars: DENR, Philippine Red Cross, SSS, PhilHealth, all together have made these four years happen—all of us united to help uplift and raise awareness towards Responsible Driving & Engaged Citizenship.”