DAR fetes staff deployed to mega swabbing centers

Published November 13, 2020, 2:51 PM

by Chito Chavez

The Department of Agrarian Reform honored the two batches of DAR employees who served in mega swabbing centers in Metro Manila and Bulacan to boost the country’s capability and capacity for mass testing for COVID-19.

DAR Secretary John Castriciones (DAR / MANILA BULLETIN)

“I would like to congratulate, recognize, and put you as a pedestal to show to the world that there are still people who can give love, share, and sacrifice,” DAR Secretary John Castriciones said.

Castriciones called them heroes for their willingness “to sacrifice their health, themselves, and their lives, knowing fully well that they are actually exposing themselves to the virus, just so they would be able to help other people.’’

“This kind of sacrifice is defined as heroism; I would also want to recognize another set of heroes. Those who are willing to share their resources, so that others would be able to live comfortably,” he added.

They were awarded the DAR “Sertipiko ng Pagpupugay” (Certificate of Recognition) and certificates of appreciation from the Office of the President.

The award was given by the Office of the President “in recognition of their contribution, exemplary-dedication, proven selflessness, and invaluable service rendered as front liners in the government’s effort against the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuring that we heal as one.”

The initial awardees include Ariel Garcia, Ricardo Layug Jr., Nichole John O. Uson, Jerryjone Eco, Jasper Jay A. Tiaga, and Joshua D. Talan, who were assigned separately as non-medical support staff from May 12 to June 16 at the Philippine Arena, Sta. Maria, and Bulacan swabbing centers that catered to arriving overseas Filipino workers.

The second batch of awardees were Marcio Cyril O. Emprese, Kenneth P. Soriano, Jamaica V. Castillo, Jeswel B. Rebato, and Melvin B. Cellacay II who were assigned from June 3 to July 3 at Palacio de Manila in Manila for OFWs and various local government units.