By Perla Lena
ILOILO CITY — The Civil Service Commission in Region 6 (Western Visayas) recognized individuals and organizations worthy to be emulated by their peers during the “Pasidungog 2019” ceremony held in Iloilo City on Wednesday.
Commissioner Aileen Lourdes Lizada, in her keynote message delivered by CSC-6 Director Carl Sha Jemimah Marbella, emphasized that the Honor Awards Program (HAP) claims the prestige of being “the highest recognition a civil servant may receive in his or her career.”
“As the premier human resource institution of the Philippine government, the CSC continues to hold activities that inspire and motivate individuals, build a network, promote solidarity among government workers and uphold public service values. HAP seeks to award state government officials and employees for their outstanding contribution in government in the delivery of public service,” she said in a ceremony held in a hotel here.
The recognition program is one of the activities in line with the celebration of the Civil Service Month, which also coincided with the commission’s foundation anniversary.
“This year’s activities are meant to highlight human resource initiatives designed to build a competent and credible workforce that will improve the quality of service for the benefit of the Filipino people. Being in government is a privilege because not everyone is given the opportunity to serve. Though it is not easy to be where we are,” Lizada added.
During the recognition program, three individuals and one organization were feted the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Regional Award: University of Antique president Dr. Pablo Crespo, Libertad (Antique) town Mayor Mary Jean Nicopior-Te, Iñigo Garingalao, and the Local Health Insurance Office of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation in Capiz.
The Lingkod Bayan Award is given to individuals and organizations for accomplishment that has a nationwide impact.
The regional awardees for the CSC Pag-asa award for having accomplishments with region-wide, community or office impact were: Senior Inspector Imee Lopera, Senior Inspector Norberto Miciano Jr. and Chief Inspector Maricon Castidad-Tulayan, all from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP); Education Program Supervisor Dannie Clark Uguil of the Department of Education-Division of Negros Occidental; and DepEd Guimaras Division master teacher Christopher Pillora.
The Dangal ng Bayan regional awardees were former Iloilo Police Provincial Office director Col. Marlon Tayaba and National Food Authority (NFA) mechanical plant operator Pepito Pauchano.
The Dangal ng Bayan is given to individuals who manifested behavior according to RA 6713 of the Code of Conduct of Ethical Standards.
Of the 11 regional winners nominated to the national HAP, Pillora made it as semifinalist while Pauchano was named as the national winner.
During the ceremony, the CSC also recognized its stakeholder-partners to include selected local government units and government agencies, academe, and media including the Philippine News Agency (PNA).
The nominees, winners and stakeholder awardees all received a certificate of recognition signed by CSC chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala.
CSC Director IV Nelson C. Sarmiento hoped that the awardees “will help fulfill the mandate of the commission to promote moral, integrity, efficiency and responsiveness in the government”.
He added that a lot of homework is yet to be done in terms of rewards and recognition to exemplary civil servants. Citing statistics, he said that of the 1.7 million-strong civil workforce, those nominated to the HAP do not even comprise 5% of the workers.
“If you don’t take care of the entire gamut of human resource management, more particularly the rewards and recognition, we will lose the best of the best of your people. It doesn’t have to be money all the time; there are a lot of ways,” he said. (PNA)