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Feature: Honesty begets more blessings for gov't cashier

Butuan City (23 March) -- That week was a difficult time for Evelyn B. Reonal. Her daughter-in-law just had a caesarian operation and because she and her husband were jobless, Reonal felt obliged to pay for their hospital bills.

The P100,000 cash she found on top of a counter would have been more than enough to pay off the bills. But she decided to do the right thing and surrendered it to the bank where she found it. Eventually, the money was returned to the rightful owner.

Such exceptional display of honesty was one of the reasons why Reonal, Cashier I at the Department of Public Works and Highways-Albay Engineering District, won the Dangal ng Bayan Award in 2008. The Dangal ng Bayan is one of the three awards given to outstanding public officials and employees under the government?s Honor Awards Program (HAP), which aims to promote a culture of excellence and to recognize and reward state workers for outstanding work performance, contribution and superior accomplishments; or for consistent manifestation of exemplary ethical behavior in the public service.

The Dangal ng Bayan is bestowed to an individual for performance of extraordinary act or public service and consistent demonstration of exemplary ethical behavior, on the basis of observance of the norms of conduct provided under Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conductand Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

The Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award is conferred on an individual or group of individuals for exceptional contributions resulting from an idea or performance that had a nationwide impact on public interest, while the Pagasa Award is granted to an individual or group of individuals for outstanding contributions that directly benefit more than one department of the government on a certain degree of standards.

So that more deserving civil servants like Reonal will be distinguished and rewarded, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) encourages the public to nominate exceptional public servants to the 2010 Search for Outstanding Public Officials and Employees.

Nominees to any of the three award categories should be in the government service at the time of nomination, have been rated at least Very Satisfactory for the last two consecutive performance rating periods, and have not been found guilty of or have no pending administrative or criminal case at the time of nomination. Posthumous nominations are also accepted.

Entries will be accepted until April 30, 2010.

Nominations are accepted through any of the Commission?s Regional and Field Offices nationwide or through the HAP Secretariat at the CSC Central Office, Batasan Hills, Quezon City.

Deserving awardees will be entitled to automatic promotion, plaque or trophy, cash bonus and other incentives. Conferment of the awards will take place on September to coincide with the celebration of the 110th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary.

For more information on the 2010 Search for Outstanding Public Officials and Employees, please contact the HAP Secretariat at telephone numbers 931-7993, 932-0381 and 932-0111. The guidelines and downloadable forms are available at (CSC/PIA-Caraga) [top]

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