The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has announced that it is accepting nominations to this year’s Search for Outstanding Government Workers.
CSC Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala urged the public “to nominate government officials and employees deserving of recognition for honest and exemplary service.”
She said the CSC’s regional and provincial offices are ready to accept nominations to the annual search, which forms part of CSC’s Honor Awards Program (HAP).
The awards to be given out are the highest and most coveted recognition given by the government to individuals or group of individuals who have excelled or shown utmost dedication and commitment to public service, the CSC said.
It said all government workers in the career and non-career service, including appointive barangay officials may be nominated.
However, state employees who are under job order or contract of service are excluded from the coverage of the program, the CSC said.
The Commission cites that the three award categories are the following: the Presidential Lingkod Bayan, Outstanding Public Officials and Employees or the Dangal ng Bayan, and the CSC Pagasa.
The Presidential Lingkod Bayan (PLB) is given to an individual or group who “has exceptional or extraordinary contributions” with “nationwide impact.”
Among the previous PLB recipients were University of the Philippines-Manila Research Associate Professor 7 Dr. Raul V. Destura, Albay 2nd District Rep. Clemente “Joey” Sarte Salceda, former University of the Philippines President Alfredo E. Pascual, Deputy Executive Director IV Joselito R. Chavez of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, the Advanced Space Technology, Research, Operations, and Services Team of the Advanced Science and Technology Institute, and the Olongapo City Disaster Risk-Reduction Management Office.
Meanwhile, the Outstanding Public Officials and Employees or Dangal ng Bayan Award is conferred to government employees “for strict adherence to the norms of conduct which positively influences others to observe high standards and observance of ethics in the discharge of official duties.”
The CSC said education and position are not the main requirements for receiving the Dangal ng Bayan.
Notable Dangal ng Bayan awardees in the past include Governor Edgardo M. Chatto of Bohol, Dr. Eleanor Javonillo of Antipolo City, State Auditor Concepcion M. Guanzon of the Commission on Audit Region 10, and Professor Pablo U. Amascual III of the Leyte Normal University, it said.
The third award category is the CSC Pagasa Award. It is conferred to an individual or group of individuals for outstanding contributions that directly benefit more than one department of the government.
Tagbilaran City Mayor John Geesnell L. Yap II, who institutionalized participatory and consultative governance as key to Tagbilaran’s resilience and progress, was the 2019 CSC Pagasa awardee.