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PIA Press Release
2006/09/01

Commentary: Commitment to public service, foundation of stable gov't

Tacloban City (September 1) -- As the country commemorates the month-long observance of the 106th Anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service today, the purpose to which the civil service system in the Philippines was formally established on September 19, 1900, comes to fore-the "establishment and maintenance of an efficient and honest civil service in the Philippine Island."

This year's theme, "Katapatan ng Lingkod Bayan… Pahalagahan," is anchored on civil servants' value of commitment to public service as a foundation of a stable and dynamic government.

The theme underscores the public service providers' role in bringing to the people the government programs and services. It goes without saying that anything that a government employee does, commendable or otherwise, will mirror how the Government takes care of its people. It is therefore, imperative for each and every one in public service that as the title connotes, she or he is given the privilege to serve the people in behalf of the Government.

The theme also brings forth to the public the true picture of those in the government service, people who have answered the call to serve the people despite the fact that economic benefits of private employment beacons.

This will also put forward the reality that people in the public service have remained committed, despite the fact that those in the private sector have been given several wage hikes already, in the last five years.

At this point, the Civil Service Commission is set to introduce and lead the efforts to drumbeat support for the passage of the proposed Wage Bill which designs a compensation and benefit program for all government workers.

It is prayed that the legislators in Congress will find this Wage Bill, a priority one, as this will ensure the government workers' being able to tide their family amid the current economic pressures.

Moreover, this will give the dedicated state workers the assurance that the government is taking care of their welfare-they being in the frontline of government service. Who can be more dedicated and committed to public service other than the government employee whose needs are taken cared of and who can readily smile to clients because he or she knows that all is well economically with her or his family. (PIA 8) [top]

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