2022 Ramon Magsaysay awardees to be honored on Nov. 30

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 27) — The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation will honor four individuals from Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, and the Philippines on Wednesday, Nov. 30, for exemplary service.

The foundation posted on its website this year's awardees, whose causes range from protection of the environment to mental health.

Gary Bencheghib from Indonesia "is on a mission of eradicating marine plastic pollution in Bali, Indonesia one river at a time." He began his crusade when he was 14 years old through beach clean-ups with his siblings and friends.

In 2017 he took part in an expedition, filming a documentary of West Java's Citarum River, garnering attention from President Joko Widodo. In 2020, he and his siblings put up Sungai Watch which has set up trash barriers in Bali and Java, collecting over a million kilograms of waste.

Cambodia's Sotheara Chhim is a mental health advocate who was among the first psychiatrists to graduate after the Khmer Rouge regime. He faced the challenge of a lack of resources needed to address the country's mental health problems.

"The RMAF board of trustees recognizes his calm courage in surmounting deep trauma to become his people's healer; his transformative work amidst great need and seemingly insurmountable difficulties, and for showing that daily devotion to the best of one's profession can itself be a form of greatness," said a statement on the website.

Tadashi Hattori from Japan is an "ophthalmologist and humanitarian who has committed his time and resources in providing free eye surgeries in Vietnam."

He visited Hanoi for the first time in 2002 and saw the need for eye specialists and treatment facilities for cataract patients. To date, he and his team have treated more than 20,000 patients. He has trained thirty doctors who can perform delicate eye surgery.

Bernadette J. Madrid of the Philippines is a pediatrician who champions "the Filipino child's right to protection by creating safe spaces for abused children nationwide."

"In partnership with UP Manila, PGH-CPU (Child Protection unit), CPN (Child Protection Network Foundation, Inc.), Department of Health, local government units, and the private sector, the network of Women and Child Protection Units (WCPUs) was formed. The network now consists of 123 WCPUs in sixty-one provinces and ten cities, which have served 119,965 children and adolescents and 30,912 women," said a statement on the website.