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CSC ‘Pasidungog’ 2023 honors outstanding gov’t workers

ILOILO CITY (PIA) -- In line with the celebration of the 123rd Philippine Civil Service Anniversary (PCSA) this year, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) held a recognition ceremony dubbed “Pasidungog” in Western Visayas for the regional winners and national semi-finalists of the 2023 Search for Outstanding Government Workers on Sept. 21.

This annual highlight event for PCSA in the region honors the roster of government employees who went beyond the call of duty by innovating and pioneering programs and projects that benefited not only their students and stakeholders but also their respective communities.

Some awardees during the CSC's Pasidungog 2023 held at District 21 Hotel, Iloilo City on Sept. 21.

In Western Visayas, there were six (6) winners for the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Awards, 12 for the Pag-asa Award, and 11 for the Dangal ng Bayan Award categories.

Of the 29 regional awardees in total, seven of them were qualified as national semi-finalists.

Anchored on the ten-year overarching theme “Transforming Public Service in the Next Decade: Honing Agile and Future-Ready Servant Heroes,” the thematic focus this 2023 dwells on dynamism.

CSC Commissioner lawyer Ryan Alvin R. Acosta served as the keynote speaker at the said event.

He lauded all the efforts of the awardees in the region, citing them as the source of inspiration in the Philippine bureaucracy.

“It warms my heart that the Honors Awards Program (HAP) regional winners and semi-finalists have definitely shown us the importance of dynamism. They chose to go the extra mile instead of simply following the status quo, becoming catalysts for better public service,” said Acosta.

CSC Commissioner lawyer Ryan Alvin R. Acosta delivers his keynote message during the Pasidungog 2023.

Acosta also acknowledged the awardees’ noteworthy contributions, initiatives, and exemplary characters, which he deemed proof of their fervor to serve with excellence and of their strong desire to infuse public service with new approaches, elevating the delivery of services among the stakeholders.

2006 National Presidential Lingkod Bayan awardee Dr. Raul N. Banias gives his inspirational message to his fellow servant leaders during the Pasidungog 2023 on Sept. 21.

Former Presidential Lingkod Bayan awardee Dr. Raul N. Banias also delivered an inspirational message during the program.

“In all the engagements, I always emphasize the importance of being vision-driven in our roles in the government. Despite our resource limitations, it is crucial to have a clear vision and drive this to make it a shared community vision,” noted Banias.

He further underscored to servant leaders the importance of empowering their staff and striving to make a positive impact in the lives of their constituents with excellence and integrity.

Meanwhile, one of the Dangal ng Bayan national semi-finalists Andrew T. Palomar from the Department of Agriculture (DA) 6, whose efforts in promoting sustainable farming practices helped the farmers’ cooperatives reach their full potential and maximum impact on the community, attributed the honor received to his colleagues and farmers served, who paved way to him in carrying out various mobilization efforts in agriculture.

“I am hopeful that we will serve as an example that others may opt to follow. Likewise, I believe that as public servants, we should be of service to our communities in all ways, always,” added Palomar.

Andrew T. Palomar of the Department of Agriculture 6 (center) receives his award as one of Dangal ng Bayan national semi-finalists from Western Visayas.

To note, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1050, series of 1997, the month of September is declared as the Civil Service Month in the country. (AAL/AGP/PIA 6)

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