Despite experiencing mild stroke, School Principal III Noel A. Polaron of Belison National School, Belison, Antique, played a key role in the school’s success. His unparalleled commitment raised the quality of education and ignited the spirit of volunteerism among faculty, students, and parents. This extraordinary act and consistent demonstration of exemplary ethical behavior, made Mr. Polaron a Dangal ng Bayan Awardee of the CSC in the 2016 Honor Awards Program (HAP). Mr. Polaron is the sole national winner out of 12 regional winners from region 6.
“The Dangal ng Bayan Award is my one big shot and receiving that award for me is more than a memory, rather, it is a legacy,” said Mr. Polaron. “Maybe if there’s one attitude that I value and perhaps helped me reach this far is my ‘Never-Give-Up’ attitude. Like anyone else, I have my share of troubles and hard trials, but never did I thought of giving up in any of those.”
Mr. Polaron is an ordinary educator who did extraordinary things that made a difference in his agency and society. He helped transform Belison National School from a low performing school into one of the top performing schools in the region. The said school has become the Division’s Center for Culture and the Arts and TOPS Antique Center of Excellence. Mr. Polaron also worked for the school’s additional curriculum. To cater to the needs of students, especially those from far-flung areas, he initiated the establishment of Balay Brigada, which served as a boarding house for students free of charge, curbing absenteeism and improving school performance. Because of this initiative, the school won in the Brigada Eskwela Best School Implementers Competition.
The greatest challenge that Mr. Polaron hurdled was having mild stroke in 2012. Although he had a difficult time recovering, he dedicated himself to his work. Aside from being a teacher, Mr. Polaron has been a Cultural Consultant, Historiographer, and Festival Director of the municipalities of Laua-an and Belison. He also served as curator of the Museo de Laua-an and is an active member of the Youth of Iglesia Filipina Independiente where he became a Diocesan and National President of the organization.
“To all those public servants like me, let us serve the people with love and justice. We are here for a reason, let that reason be known. Let us all serve with purpose,” said Mr. Polaron.
This year, the CSC calls on the public to nominate exemplary government officials and employees in the HAP. The Search covers the following categories:
(1) Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award which is conferred to an individual or group for exceptional contributions resulting from an idea or performance that had nationwide impact on public interest, security, and patrimony;
(2) CSC Pagasa Award which is given to an individual or group for outstanding contributions resulting from an idea or performance that directly benefit more than one department of the government; and
(3) Dangal ng Bayan Award which is conferred to an individual for performance of an Extraordinary act or public service and consistent demonstration of exemplary ethical behavior.
For more information regarding the Search, please visit the following websites: www.csc.gov.ph, ro6.csc.gov.ph or cscro6.wordpress.com. Deadline for submission of nominations will be on March 31, 2017.
Please click the following links to download/view the 2017 HAP Materials: