Davao Norte honors living heroes
by Noel Baguio
Davao City (8 September) -- The Provincial Government of Davao del Norte paid tribute to its living heroes in a meaningful grand honor awarding ceremony held September 30, 2009 at the Molave Hotel, Tagum City.
More than 300 capitol executives and employees received awards during the event, that was part of a culminating activity of the 109th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary celebration of the province.
Provincial Administrator and OIC-Gov. Rufo Peligro and CSC Director II Atty. Ma. Faith Presbitero led the distribution of awards, assisted by Vice Gov. Victorio Suaybaguio, Board Members Roger Israel, Antonio Lagunsad and Macario Bermudez III, and PHRMO Monical Salido.
Administrative Officer V Florita Batiao received the lifetime achievement award for being a consistent most industrious awardee. Administrative Officer II Helen Remoreras and Administrative Assistant II Jose Arce also received the hall of fame awards for the best observance of dress code. Administrative Assistant III Tristan Pasaol and Assessment Clerk II Amalio Partol were also hall of famers for the most courteous award.
Sixteen capitol employees were given most industrious awards, while 15 for most courteous, and also 15 for best in the observance of dress code awards. Special awards were also given to the Capitol personnel who contributed something significant to their own offices.
Service awards were presented to 146 employees for having served the provincial government for ten years, while 13 personnel received the same award for being in service for 15 years.
Department heads Provincial Human Resource Management Officer Monica Salido, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Agapito Hornido and Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Renato Embate led 22 service awardees who had served the province for 20 years.
Seven more employees were recognized for doing their tour of duty at the Capitol for 25 years, while nine others for 30 years and thirteen more for being in service for 35 years.
Administrative Aide II Juliven Jimenez, Administrative Officer V Marlene Mahinay and Engineer IV Estelita Imboy were further recognized for holding out their best years to the province for 40 years.
Capitol executives who held important positions in regional and national government organizations and non-government organizations were also honored, as well as the capitol offices that received awards given by various GOs and NGOs.
PA Peligro said the number of awardees this year was trimmed down as the executive committee really made sure the awardees truly deserve the recognition.
He said they are proposing to provide cash incentives for special awards starting next year, subject to the approval of the Provincial Board.
Under existing policies, cash rewards are being granted to employees who have served the government continuously and satisfactorily for at least ten years. Succeeding awards are given every five years thereafter.
Yet, while it is always the policy of Gov. Rodolfo Del Rosario to reward the deserving, Peligro warned abusive employees will never go unpunished.
"Under this administration no one is above the law. Walay pwede mo-claim nga untouchable siya, even among us close to the governor, as he will never tolerate any wrong-doing," he warned.
Dir. Presbitero said the award recognized the employees' unswerving commitment and dedication to duty, as well as their sacrifices that have become great inspiration to the people who benefited.
"Many of you were recognized not for what you received, but for what you gave... You have been appreciated as one who represent the very best in public service," she cheered. (CIO-Tagum City) [top]