PNoy leads recognition rites for 2010 Outstanding Public Servants


Ernesto Doroteo’s lowly position and lack of education did not stop him from looking after the needs of his fellow Dumagat tribespeople. He

helped establish the Antipolo City Government’s Center for Indigenous People and campaigned for the issuance of Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title for Dumagat settlers claiming their land.

As a man of God serving the police force, Reverend Father Noel Ponsaran has truly lived up to his role as peacekeeper. He personally educated residents in far flungbarangays on their role in achieving peace in their communities, and was also instrumental in resolving long-standing religious and clan feuds in Maguindanao.

Jail Superintendent Amelia Rayandayan is a witness to the deplorable living conditions in prison and decided to do something about it. She was able to augment the scarce budget of the Manila City Jail Female Dormitory through solicitations from institutions and personal contacts, paving the way for the construction of new dormitories and facilities to provide inmates proper living quarters, nutrition and healthcare.

Hitting two birds with one stone, staff members of the Trees for Books/Books for Trees Project of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Cordillera donated used books and magazines to schools in exchange for seedlings planted. More than 7,000 students have benefited from the project, saving government P2 million from the acquisition of brand new books, while more than 5,000 seedlings have been planted.

These are some of this year’s Outstanding Public Servants who were conferred the prestigious Lingkod BayanPagasa and Dangal ng Bayan Awards on October 15 at the Malacañan Palace. President Benigno S. Aquino III led the recognition rites for the bureaucracy’s best, assisted by Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chair Francisco T. Duque III.

Duque hailed the awardees as he urged fellow state workers to emulate their professionalism, competence and integrity. “No other word comes close to describe these public servants who, despite numerous challenges and criticisms, have done their jobs and more. They are the testament of a bureaucracy worthy of the public’s trust.”

He added that the recognition program is a fitting venue to pay gratitude to the perseverance and sacrifices of dedicated, honest civil servants nationwide.

The CSC administers the Honor Awards Program (HAP), an annual undertaking that recognizes state officials and employees who have displayed outstanding work performance and consistent ethical behavior. The conferment of awards aims to motivate and inspire civil servants to improve the quality of their performance and instill deeper involvement in public service.

The Lingkod Bayan Award is conferred on an individual or group for exceptional contributions resulting from an idea or performance that had nationwide impact on public interest.

Recipients of the Lingkod Bayan Award are Dr. Renato U. Solidum (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, Quezon City); Technical Sgt. Salvador S. Buenaobra Jr. (Philippine Air Force [PAF]-15th Strike Wing, Cavite); Pablo Y. Lasprilla Jr. (PAF-410th Maintenance Wing, Pampanga); Thomas G. Aquino (Department of Trade and Industry, Makati City); Teodosia S. Bernaldez (Loboc Local Government Unit, Bohol); Col. Lope C. Dagoy (Philippine Army-85th Infantry Battalion, Taguig City); Dr. Fe A. Yap (Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, Manila); Regional Public Affairs Office’s Trees for Books/Books for Trees Project (DENR-Cordillera Administrative Region); and Open Academy for Philippine Agriculture (Pampanga Agricultural College [PAC], Pampanga).

They were given a gold gilded medallion, plaque with citation signed by the President, cash bonus and other incentives. In addition, individual Lingkod Bayan awardees were granted automatic promotion to the next higher position or equivalent salary increase.

The Dangal ng Bayan Award is given to an individual for performance of extraordinary act or public service and consistent demonstration of exemplary ethical behavior on the basis of observance of the norms of conduct provided under Republic Act 6713, or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

The Dangal ng Bayan Award was granted to J/Supt. Amelia A. Rayandayan (Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Quezon City); J/SInsp. Kenneth A. Bid-ing (San Carlos City Jail, Pangasinan); P/SSupt. Benigno B. Durana, Jr. (Philippine National Police [PNP]-Camp Crame, Quezon City); Trinidad S. Gozun (Commission on Audit [COA]-Region 3, Pampanga); Dr. Geoffrey S. Tilan (Provincial Government of La Union); PSupt. Noel R. Ponsaran (PNP-Region 11, Davao City); Ernesto DR. Doroteo (City Government of Antipolo); and Carmelita V. Mendoza (Department of National Defense-Government Arsenal, Bataan).

They were given automatic promotion to the next higher position or equivalent salary increase, a trophy designed by National Artist for Sculpture Napoleon Abueva, cash bonus and other incentives.

The Pagasa Award is granted to an individual or group for outstanding contributions that directly benefit more than one department of government on a certain degree of standards.

The Pagasa Award was given to Nora D. Dela Paz (Department of Social Welfare and Development-Region 1, La Union); Arnel G. Palabay (National Economic and Development Authority [NEDA]-Region 1, La Union); Miriam P. Ventura (Bureau of Internal Revenue-Region 3, Cagayan); Santos B. Sunico (Municipal Government of Lal-lo, Cagayan); Maria Lourdes D. Lim (NEDA-Region 11, Davao City); Randy D. Canlas (Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority [SBMA], Zambales); Ranny D. Magno (SBMA, Zambales); Virgilio C. Arias (Eastern Samar State University, Eastern Samar); The Amazing Sweet Sorghum: PAC’s Initiative in Promoting and Commercializing its Utilization as Human Food, Animal Feed and Bio-Fuel (PAC, Pampanga); TCA Agroforestation Project (Tarlac College of Agriculture, Tarlac); NFA Oriental Mindoro Staff (National Food Authority, Oriental Mindoro); and the COA-Quedan and Rural Credit Guarantee Corporation Audit Team (COA National Capital Regional Office, Quezon City).

Said awardees received a gold gilded medallion, a plaque with citation signed by the CSC chairperson, cash bonus and other incentives.

The awardees were chosen by respected personalities from the public and private sector. The 2010 Lingkod Bayan/Pagasa Awards Committee was headed by Duque with Ma. Nieves R. Confesor of the Asian Institute of Management as Vice Chair, and Synergeia Foundation Inc. Chief Executive Officer Milwida M. Guevarra, Chief of Presidential Protocol Miguel A. Perez-Rubio and Philippine Star Associate Editor Marichu A. Villanueva as Members.

The 2010 Dangal ng Bayan Award Committee was co-headed by CSC Commissioner Cesar D. Buenaflor and Tanodbayan Ma. Merceditas N. Gutierrez, with COA Chair Reynaldo A. Villar, Internal Audit Office Deputy Executive Secretary Alberto A. Bernardo and Securities and Exchange Commissioner Manuel Huberto B. Gaite as Members.


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