The Civil Service Commission (CSC) recently released the recipients of the Pamanang Lingkod Bayani (PLBi), a tribute to civilian public servants who displayed the characters of a bayani in the name of public service.
One of the recipients of the PLBi is Mr. Rogelio P. Lardera Sr., Teacher II of Concepcion Central School in Iloilo who died on November 8, 2013 after being hit by a broken tree branch which caused him to fall off the truck carrying volunteers and rescued residents during the onset of typhoon Yolanda. Prior to the incident, Lardera left his family after evacuating them in his parent’s house to fulfill his obligations as Manaphag Quick Response Team volunteer.
The PLBi has three components which includes the Pamanang Parangal sa Lingkod Bayani, where the deceased civil servant is given recognition; Pamanang Lingkod Bayani Iskolarsyip wherein three immediate family members will be given discounts on tuition and school fees in the baccalaureate, masteral, or doctoral degree; and Pondong Pamanang Lingkod Bayani where the bereaved family is given a one-time financial assistance.
Seven public servants from other regions were also chosen as recipients of the PLBi.
Aside from the PLBi, Lardera was conferred a posthumous award by the Department of Education for his heroism and was declared a municipal hero of his municipality in December 2013.