CSC, SUCs sign MOA on benefits for families of slain public servants
Quezon City (4 August) -- The Civil Service Commission (CSC) and the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) have forged an agreement to provide university scholarships to the spouse or children of civil service personnel, including teachers and police, who die in the line of duty.
CSC Chair Ricardo Saludo and PASUC President Dr. Lauro Tacbas signed the Memorandum of Agreement for the Pamanang Lingkod-Bayan Iskolarsyip program on August 1, 2008 at the CSC Head Office.
The scholarship MOA advances the CSC's advocacy for exemplary civil servants, which got a further boost last Friday. At Saludo's oath-taking on July 25, he announced a fund to provide assistance to families of civil servants killed in the performance of their duties.
Vice-President Noli de Castro, who administered Saludo's oath, gave P100,000 to the fund, and the new CSC Chair donated P100,000, with another half-million in pledges from guests at the oathtaking. Mechanics of the fund are being finalized, so it can solicit contributions and eventually disburse funds once a target sum is reached.
"Our dedicated public servants devoted their lives to the service of their countrymen. Now we repay their heroism by helping provide for their families, including schooling for a better future," Saludo said.
The CSC-PASUC pact was mediated by Presidential Assistant for Education Dr. Mona Valisno. Under the MOA, the spouse and children of a deceased official or employee may be granted scholarships covering tuition and other fees for any course in PASUC universities and colleges, including graduate degree offerings.
Once accepted or enrolled in a participating school, the beneficiary can obtain an endorsement from the Commission for course fees to be waived or heavily discounted. The CSC shall certify who are entitled to the Pamanang Lingkod-Bayan Iskolarsyip.
"Many unsung public servants die in service of the motherland - police and prosecutors fighting criminals, teachers protecting ballots, forest rangers guarding watersheds, emergency workers rescuing flood victims, and other patriots in the government service," Saludo said. "While they are now gone from us, we must let their families feel the immense gratitude of our nation." (PIA) [top]