Nestor Pestelos, president of Bohol Local Development Foundation (BLDF), was among 15 finalists for the 2015 Move Awards of Rappler, the countryâ€™s first social news website â€œwhere stories inspire community engagement and digitally fueled actions for social change.â€
The Move AwardsÂ is Rapplerâ€™sÂ initiativeÂ â€œto celebrate outstanding Filipinos who donâ€™t let reality get in the way of their dreams: they look at the status quo and inspire others to change it with them for the better.â€
The finalists were selected out of more than 250 nominees by a panel which includes: Cheche Lazaro, journalist; Nix Nolledo, technology entrepreneur; Brillante MendCommissioner-at-Large for the National Youth Commission as well as founder of the Yes Pinoy Foundation,oza, filmmaker; Maria Ressa, former CNN bureau chief for Manila and Jakarta who founded Rappler in 2011; and Dingdong Nantes, GMA 7 star and concurrentlyÂ Commissioner-at-Large for the National Youth Commission as well as founder of the Yes Pinoy Foundation.
The selection process features an interview and public voting via a microsite which started last September 2. The winners will be announced on September 26, after the Social Good Summit which will be held at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Pasay City. To vote for Nestor Pestelos, visit this link:http://www.rappler.com/movecandidates?campaign_id=1&category_id=4e
Meanwhile rappler.com published the following article on Â Dr. Nestor Pestelos:
NESTOR MANIEBO PESTELOS
In October 2013, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Bohol, claiming billions of pesos in damage and displacing thousands of families. As the province struggled to rise from the rubble, non-governmental organizations such as the Bohol Local Development Foundation became crucial in expediting the process of rehabilitation and recovery. Led by its founding president Nestor Pestelos, BLDF implemented a community-based shelter assistance project to enable 150 families to build transitional core houses and move their vulnerable members to safer and more secure dwellings.
Since 2003, BLDF has been working hard to fulfill its mission of empowering local communities to be in control of their own development. Aside from providing funding channels for agricultural and social enterprise projects, Nestor has also helped establish ecotourism sites in deprived areas of Bohol, implemented a Literacy and Livelihood Project for Badjaos, and worked closely with the Bohol Provincial Planning and Development Office in developing a Poverty Database Monitoring System.
At 73, he shows no signs of slowing down. He aims to keep moving to translate his vision of a better world into concrete policies, plans and programs that will link local communities with the government and other institutions. #Votenestorrapplermover