MANILA, Philippines — An Army colonel, who led the 172-strong Philippine peacekeeping contingent deployed to Haiti when the Caribbean nation was hit by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake that left thousands dead, was adjudged as the 2010 Civil Service Commission (CSC) Presidential Lingkod Bayan awardee.
Col. Antonio Parlade Jr., Army spokesman, said the CSC headed by Francisco Duque III cited the exceptional contributions and achievements of Lt. Col. Lope Dagoy as one of the public officials and employees in the country recognized for his significant role in nation-building.
The CSC conferred Dagoy the 2010 Presidential Lingkod Bayan awardee, the highest recognition in the government service by the Commission, during awarding ceremony at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall, Malacañang Palace, on Friday.
The Lingkod Bayan Award is conferred on an individual or group of individuals for extraordinary contributions that had nationwide impact on public interest, security, and patrimony.
Dagoy led the 172-strong Philippine contingent deployed to Haiti on August 22, 2009 to prevent the said country from plunging into chaos.
While they are serving as peacekeepers, the deadly earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 hit the country, causing the death of some 200,000 people of different races.
While Haiti is facing disaster, there was an institutionalized response of help from the members of the Philippine contingent through the leadership of Dagoy, who promptly and effectively managed operations.
The minimal damage caused by the devastating earthquake among the Filipino community members was because of the prompt action of the 10th Philippine Contingent and the quick response and deep commitment to duty shown by Dagoy and his team.
The recipient of the Lingkod Bayan Award shall receive a Presidential glass plaque signed by the President of the Philippines, a gold medallion handcrafted by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), and a cash reward.
Moreover, pursuant to the Section 5 of Executive Order No. 508 dated March 2, 1992, the awardee is entitled to an automatic promotion to the next higher position, subject to availability of the position or of the qualification requirement or an increase in salary equivalent to it.
The Lingkod Bayan, Dangal ng Bayan, and Pagasa Awards rite is one of the highlights of the month-long celebration of the Philippine Civil Service’s 110th anniversary.
Source: Manila Bulletin