MAGANES: Kudos to the Civil Service awardees of Pangasinan!
“Public office is a public trust.” This statement is enshrined in our Philippine Constitution to encourage government workers to do their utmost efficiency in delivering services to the people and to effectively perform their duties and responsibilities, whether they are appointed or elected into their positions.
The Civil Service Commission (CSC) recognizes the role of civil servants in nation building. In recognizing the participation of civil servants in nation building, the CSC selects elected and appointed government workers who have shown exemplary performance and dedication to their duties and responsibilities. This is part of the Commission’s conferment of awards based on its ” Honor Awards Program.” The conferment of honor awards, according to CSC,is to motivate or inspire government employees to improve the quality of their performance and instill deeper involvement in public service.
There are three categories under the ” Honor Awards Program”: 1)Presidential Lingkod Bayan (PLB) Award is conferred to an individual or group of individuals for exceptional or extraordinary contributions resulting from an idea or performance that had nationwide impact on public interest, security and patrimony. The contribution may be a suggestion, innovation, invention or superior accomplishment; 2) Civil Service Commission Pagasa (Pagasa) Award is conferred to an individual or group of individuals for outstanding contribution/s resulting from an idea or performance that directly benefit more than one department of the government; and 3) Award for Exemplary Conduct and Ethical Behavior Outstanding Public Officials and Employees Award or the Dangal ng Bayan (DnB) is conferred to an individual for performance of an extraordinary act or public service and consistent demonstration of exemplary ethical behavior on the basis of his/her observance of the eight norms of behavior provided under Republic Act No. 6713, otherwise known as the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees”, to wit: Commitment to Public Interest,Professionalism, Justness and Sincerity, Political Neutrality, Responsiveness to the Public, Nationalism and Patriotism, Commitment to Democracy and Simple Living.
The selection process is tedious. There are forms to accomplish including testimonials on how the nominees are performing their duties and responsibilities as government workers. Series of evaluations are conducted by the assigned evaluators who will look into the criteria in each category. Since it is under the CSC, the selection of deserving awardees is not “politicized,” meaning politicians have no hand in the selection process. But they maybe part of the nominating groups or they may nominate individuals based on the prescribed criteria.
There are two levels of selection process- regional level screening and national level screening. In each level, there are committees formed or organized in each category. The selected regional awardees are then elevated to the national level screening.
The month of September each year is considered the “Civil Service Month”. This is also the time that regional winners in the three categories under the “Honor Awards Program” are recognized. This year’s theme of the 116th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary is ” Sigaw ng Lingkod Bayan, Malasakit Para sa Taumbayan, Kapwa Kawani at Kalikasan.”
Last September 15, the Regional Recognition and Awards Rites was conducted by CSC-Region I at Hotel Ariana and Restaurant in Bauang, La Union. The Regional Awardees in each category were presented. There were 19 awardees coming from various institutions and agencies in Region I. Out of these awardees, eight came from Pangasinan- two for CSC Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award Category, three for the CSC Pagasa Award Category and three for the Dangal ng Bayan Award Category.
For the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Awards and nominated for the national level are: Raul R. Dela Cruz (Administrative Aide I of Mangatarem District Hospital) and Police Chief Inspector Ryan L. Manongdo ( former chief of 0olice of Pozorrubio, now assigned in Asingan).
For the CSC Pagasa Awards, recipients are: Dr. Manuel C. Bautista ( Municipal Health Officer of Lingayen), Edita C. Limon ( Administrative Aide IV of Pangasinan Provincial Library) and Marcelo M. Petonio (General Manager of Mangaldan Water District).
For the Dangal ng Bayan Awards, recipients are: Chief Inspector Arthur L. Saw ate (City Fire Marshal, Bureau of Fire Protection, Urdaneta City), Heidee L. Ganigan-Chua (Municipal Mayor of Asingan) and Grace A. Satuito (Draftsman III of LGU-Lingayen).
At the height of bad news linking our political leaders to controversies like the operation of illegal black sand mining in Lingayen and their inclusion to the “drug link matrix” at New Bilibid Prison (NBP), we need these kind of awards to boost the morale of every Pangasinense. Amid bad news that are hounding us as one people of Pangasinan, these kind of awards inspire us to move on and believe in ourselves that there are still civil or public servants who can be relied upon to bring honor to our province -the great Pangasinan.
And we need some more in the future.
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