CSC cites crucial role of civil registrars

Published February 18, 2021, 11:13 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has paid tribute to all civil registrars in the government who “relentlessly fulfill their duties” amid the challenges brought by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the delivery of public service. 

Civil Service Commission (CSC) (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

As the Civil Registration Month is declared this February, the CSC cited the critical role of the registrars in civil registration.

The case in point was Civil Registrar Belen F. Linganay of the City Government of Tangub, Misamis Occidental, who was behind the intensified implementation of the  Mobile Registration Program (MRP), which enabled those Tangub residents  to register and update the records of their birth and marriage certificates. The program also sought to inform the public on the law and city ordinances on registry service.

For her efforts to bring the services of the City Registrar’s Office closer to the citizens, Linganay was conferred in 2019 the Outstanding Public Officials and Employees Award, also known as the Dangal ng Bayan, as part of the CSC’s Search for Outstanding Government Workers. 

“In the five-year implementation of the MRP, the City Registrar’s Office was able to record 96 percent of vital registration records of the citizens of 55 barangays, including the indigenous peoples or IPs,” the CSC noted.

Because of increased appreciation of citizens on the importance of civil registry documents through the MRP, the city government’s income also increased as registration fees doubled to P889,055 in 2018 from P337,759 in 2014.

 “As part of the registration program, the Adopt a Barangay is our way of bringing government service to the Subanens, an indigenous people group inhabiting the hinterland barangay of Sicot. They have to know that they are important to the government and that we recognize their rights and their contributions,” said Linganay.

The CSC said its search for nominees to the Search for Outstanding Government Workers continued.

“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,” it said. 

All government workers in the career and non-career service including appointive barangay officials may be nominated. However, those state employees who are under job order or contract of service are excluded from the coverage of the program, the CSC said. 

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.” 

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.

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. 

The deadline of acceptance of nominations is on March 31,  2021.

For more details on the 2021 Search, contact the CSC’s Honor Awards Program (HAP)  Secretariat at telephone numbers (02) 8932-0381, Contact Center ng Bayan SMS 0908-8816565, [email protected][email protected], or [email protected].