Civil servants urged to RACE for change
by Carina L. Cayon
Davao City (8 September) -- In the light of celebrating the 110th anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service this month, all state employees nationwide were urged to "respond to the call for change" as bannered in this year's theme "In A R.A.C.E. to Serve: Advancing Responsive, Accessible, Courteous and Effective Public Service."
Anchoring on President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino's call against corruption, on a pledge to implement change and the call for increased transparency and accountability, the 110th PCS observance "provides government agencies the opportunity to celebrate reforms and milestones as they fulfill their respective mandates."
The anniversary also highlights "the race to excellence of civil servants and government agencies, and show public service at its best."
In the region, the Civil Service Commission has disseminated Regional Memorandum Circular No. 01-2010, enjoining all government workers in all government agencies and instrumentalities to "actively participate in the activities to be undertaken" in line with the celebration.
CSC, being the lead agency in the celebration, bared various activities that "underscore the importance of the Filipino civil servant and the collective significance of the civil service in governance."
In the Memorandum Circular, all government agencies were directed to display prominently the anniversary streamer for the whole month of September.
Simultaneous flag-raising ceremonies were held on Monday in agencies nationwide to promote this year's theme.
CSC-XI Regional Director Annabelle B. Rosell said one feature of the celebration in the region is the recognition and awards rites "for those who have given their best to win the race in public service that is para sa tao and para sa bayan."
Rosell stated that the recognition and awarding event slated on September 27 at SM City Mall, aims "to showcase the exemplary careers and achievements of one who joins the R.A.C.E."
She said that the activity also intends to "inspire other public servants to become a part of the team who will shift gears to take a commanding lead in good governance."
CSC-XI will also hold the R.A.C.E caravan every Monday of September to feature past CSC Honor Award Program (HAP) national awardees who may be invited as guest speakers by interested agencies/offices during the flag-raising ceremonies in their respected offices.
The caravan aims to "showcase the exemplary careers and achievements of the best government employees, to inspire young citizens and government workers to aim for R.A.C.E. in public service."
In line with the R.A.C.E. Campaign that focuses on promoting courtesy among civil servants, agencies are encouraged to put up exhibits in their respective offices to showcase their accomplishments, best practices and current programs/projects and activities.
CSC-XI will give citations to exhibits which "embody the ideals of R.A.C.E." during the Awarding Rites on September 27 at SM City Mall.
The civil service office also enjoins agencies whose frontline services are most-sought-after by the public, to participate in the R.A.C.E. mall tour on September 15-17, also at SM City Mall.
The mall tour is an opportunity for an agency to put up a one-stop-shop of frontline services to process for instance permits or licenses, or an action/information center to address queries, complaints, feedback and for information/dissemination of key programs.
Another activity is the re-launch of the brigada ahensya advocacy that promotes health and wellness in the workplace and among employees who could undertake a clean-up and repair activities in their respective offices, and who could provide areas for physical fitness or sports programs, gardens or mini parks, among others.
In relation to health advocacy, the celebration also calls for a R.A.C.E. for health activity where one highlight is the holding of free physical, medical and dental check up for government employees on September 13 to 15 at the Industrial Clinic of the Southern Philippines Medical Center.
Government employees working within Davao City could avail of the free check-up and physical examination. The first 110 employees who will signify to avail of the services will be accommodated.
With the upsurge of dengue fever and malaria diseases in the city, the Civil Service Office is urging employees to participate in the bloodletting activity on September 16 at the CSC regional office at Ecoland, Matina.
Another part of the R.A.C.E. for health event is the Walk and Bike for a Cause 2010 Part III where employees are again encouraged to participate. The activity which will be held on September 26, at 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., will be spearheaded by the Department of Health (DOH).
The walk and bike for a cause will be for the benefit of Dr. Gerry Cunanan Mindanao Heart Fund, Inc., Mindanao Thalassemia Foundation, Inc. and SCOOP-Davao.
As part of the initial activities in the region, CSC-XI together with other various agencies celebrated a thanksgiving mass on September 3 at San Pablo Parish Church in Matina, Davao City. (PIA-XI) [top]