CSC CAR honors outstanding Cordillera civil servants
by Lito Dar
Baguio City (1 October) -- The Civil Service Commission (CSC-CAR) gave honor and recognition to the outstanding public officials and employees in Cordillera, in a simple but meaningful program dubbed as 'Parangal para sa mga Katangi-tanging Kawani ng Cordillera.'
The awarding ceremony, which served as the culminating activity for the 110th anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service in September, was held at the Richwood Hotel here Wednesday.
To highlight the activity, 67 CSC past National Honor Awards Program (HAP) awardees from Cordillera, which include Presidential Lingkod Bayan, Dangal ng Bayan and Pagasa awardees were invited to grace the said event. These were and are outstanding government workers who have made valuable and endearing contributions to the government and the country as a whole.
'Preserving our ties with them through this event is a way to continually honor them so that they can continue to work with greater dedication, inspiration and integrity,' CSC-CAR Regional Director Fernando Porio stressed.
'They are our allies in governance, together we can move mountains. This is a call for unity and meaning. The CSC will help all the way - for them to define their purpose and potentials for the good of Cordillera and the country as a whole', Porio added.
In his inspirational message, Baguio City mayor Mauricio Domogan, a Lingkod Bayan Awardee in 1995, congratulated the region's 2010 CSC Parangal finalists and expressed his honor to see and to be with fellow co-awardees from Cordillera.
'Cordillerans are known to be hard working civil servants. Let us continue to sustain the hard work, not only as part of our responsibility but also because it is the right thing to do,' Domogan said.
Technical Education and Skill Development Authority Regional Director Cenon Querubin, 2006 PAGASA awardee and Philippine Military Academy Deputy MA 5 Major Jo-ar Herrera,2006 Dangal ng Bayan Awardee also shared their individual inspirational message during the program.
Given recognition and awards during the said CSC Parangal program were Dr. Ambrosio Atew - School Principal II of Puguis Elementary School, La Trinidad Benguet and Mr Hilario Quintos - Administrative Aide of the Abra Provincial Engineering Office for being 2010 Dangal ng Bayan Finalists.
Also recognized were Vilma Ambat, Master Teacher I of Baguio City National High School, Dr. Belinda Tad-awan, Professor III of Benguet State University, Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan and the Department of Environment and Natural resources (DENR-CAR) Regional Public Affairs Office - for being 2010 Presidential Lingkod Bayan award finalists.
Awards were also given in recognition of the Best Program on Awards & Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE) Committees in CAR. Awardees included the PRAISE Committees of Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP-CAR), City Government of Baguio, DENR-CAR and the Provincial Government of Benguet.
Certificate of Recognition were also given to the PRAISE Committees of Department of Social Welfare and Development and PNP Police Regional Office Cordillera.
In response, Governor Fongwan gave due recognition to all the past CSC national awardees present during the program. He also congratulated his fellow finalists for this year's CSC Parangal award and called on them to emulate what they have achieved.
Fongwan also called on all public servants to do their best in giving services to the public without expecting any award or reward.'I call this as an accidental reward, something I did not expect or long for. When I was still a mayor of La Trinidad, we had received numerous awards as a municipality. It is a first time that I was rewarded for something I personally did for the people, though in everything I did and do I always do it with the best of my good,' Fongwan said. (PIA) [top]