Five public-utility vehicle drivers have been named by Goodyear Philippines as the 2011 Bayani ng Kalsada awardees for their demonstration of courage, sacrifice and concern for others through selfless and heroic acts.
"Goodyear's commitment to road safety goes beyond driving practices. We believe that selfless, heroic acts that save people's lives and inspire others to do the same should not go unnoticed. This is why we are honoring today's highway heroes, whose courage and strength have made our roads a better and safer place," said Goodyear Philippines managing director Gerry Alava.
These years awardees are jeepney drivers Romualdo Santa Ana Ariestotle, Richard Valerio Paragas, tricycle driver David Domer Montenegro, and taxi drivers Herdy Bucayan Bandillon and Esmeraldo Magandam.
"These five motorists are examples of selfless heroism, and Goodyear is proud to have told their stories," said Alava. "What we look for are not good deeds of superhero proportions but everyday circumstances where a driver stepped beyond his comfort zone--maybe even putting himself in harm's way--to respond to the demands of a situation requiring his assistance with hardly any fanfare or drumbeat. To some, this is instinctive. To others, it is a choice. But certainly, for the five winners here today, it is cause for celebration."
The regional winners of the 2011 Goodyear Bayani ng Kalsada each received a cash prize of P 30,000 while the national winner received P 50,000.