The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has extended the deadline for nominations to the 2011 Search for Outstanding Public Servants to April 15, 2011.
The CSC said the move aims to give nominees and their nominators more time to work on the requirements needed for them to qualify in the competition. It also hopes to garner more nominations this year. In 2010, the CSC received a total of 190 nominations nationwide, 29 of which were conferred the awards by President Benigno S. Aquino III in September 2010.
Nominees to the Search can vie for three award categories. The PresidentialLingkod 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. On the other hand, 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 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.
Cash prizes and other rewards await the chosen finalists to the 2011 HAP Search. They will also be given masteral or doctorate degree scholarship transferable to their spouse or child. Lingkod Bayan and Dangal ng Bayan awardees will be entitled to automatic promotion or corresponding salary increase.
More importantly, the awardees will join the roster of hundreds of public servants who are models of honor, excellence and integrity in public service.
Nominees to any of the three award categories should be in the government service at the time of nomination, have been rated at least Very Satisfactory for the last two consecutive performance rating periods, and have not been found guilty of or have no pending administrative or criminal case at the time of nomination. Posthumous nominations are also accepted.
Nominations are accepted through any of the Commission’s Regional and Field Offices nationwide or through the HAP Secretariat at the CSC Central Office, Batasan Hills, Quezon City. For more information on the 2011 Search for Outstanding Public Servants, please contact the HAP Secretariat at telephone numbers 931-7993, 932-0381 and 932-0111. The guidelines and downloadable forms are available atwww.csc.gov.ph.