The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has announced the 43 semi-finalists for the 2023 Search for Outstanding Government Workers.

In line with this, the CSC is encouraging the public to share their feedback, whether they are positive or negative, regarding the nominees for the three (3) award categories on or before 21 July 2023. 

“We encourage the public to participate in CSC’s Search for Outstanding Government Workers that aims to recognize our civil servants who displayed exemplary behavior in performing their duties. Your valuable feedback will help in selecting the best awardees among this year's nominees, the most commendable public servants who will serve as our models in giving quality public service,” said CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles.

The CSC, through the National Honor Awards Program (HAP) Secretariat, announced that there are eight (8) individual and six (6) group semi-finalists vying for the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award, a recognition conferred to an individual or group for their exceptional contributions that had a nationwide impact. 

For the individual category, they are: 

• Ms. Brilin Aradanas Adalin, Master Teacher II, Department of Education (DepEd) City Schools Division of Tacurong, Kalandagan Elementary School, Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat
• Mr. Orlando Fernando Balderama, University Professor, Isabela State University, Echague, Isabela 
• Mr. Henry Sicad Bensurto Jr., Chief of Mission I, Department of Foreign Affairs, Pasay City 
• Mr. Ambrosio Balladares Cultura II, SUC President IV, University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines, Cagayan de Oro City 
• Mr. Kris Cristhoper Calangian Dela Cruz, Master Teacher I, Alaminos City National High School, Alaminos City, Pangasinan 
• Ms. Romleah Juliet Pulido Ocampo, Director IV, Department of Trade and Industry Regional Office II, Tuguegarao City 
• Ms. Raquel Rarang Rivera, Master Teacher I, Alaminos City National High School, Alaminos City, Pangasinan 
• Ms. Julie Ann Acebuque Salido, Professor III, Aklan State University, Bacan, Banga, Aklan

The following are the group semi-finalists: 

• Baguio Lead Contact Tracing Team, City Government of Baguio, Baguio City 
• Islamic Banking and Finance Core Team, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, A. Mabini St. Malate, Manila
• Landbank Agent Banking Program Team, Landbank of the Philippines, Landbank Plaza, Malate, Manila
• Presidential Lingkod Bayan VSMMC Malasakit Center, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, B. Rodriguez St., Cebu City
• S-PASS Core Team, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region VI, Magsaysay Village, La Paz, Iloilo City
• Special Consular Mission Team, Philippines Statistics Authority, Diliman, Quezon City

Meanwhile, ten (10) individuals and five (5) groups are vying for the CSC Pagasa Award, a recognition given to an individual or group for their outstanding contributions that directly benefit more than one department of the government. 

The semi-finalists for the individual category are: 

• Ms. Venus Metilla Alboruto, Education Program Supervisor, DepEd Schools Division of Surigao City, Surigao City
• Mr. Pablo Matucol Banabal Jr., School Principal I, DepEd Division of Davao Oriental, Caraga North District, City of Mati, Davao Oriental
• Ms. Vanessa Joy Fortin Calderon, Senior Science Research Specialist, Department of Agriculture (DA), Regional Field Office II, San Gabriel Village, Tuguegarao City
• Ms. Drolly Pondales Claravall, Associate Professor V, Isabela State University Ilagan Campus, Ilagan City, Isabela
• Mr. Ericson Nocum Dela Cruz, Agricultural Center Chief IV, Philippine Carabao Center, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija
• Mr. Pablo Lauras Eulatic Jr., Public Schools District Supervisor, DepEd Schools Division Office of South Cotabato, Koronadal City, South Cotabato
• Mr. Domingo Bantolo Lavega, Farm Foreman, Municipal Government of Bugasong, Antique
• Ms. Ronnalee Navasca Orteza, Director III, DOST Philippine Science High School System, 
Ilocos Region Campus, San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur
• Mr. Relvin Bucoy Paragua, Agriculturist II, DA Region 6, Parola St., Iloilo City
• Mr. Joedel Ochea Peñaranda, Planning Officer III, Biliran Province State University, Naval, Biliran

For the group category, the semi-finalists are: 

• City Health Office Calumpang Birthing Center, City Government of Iloilo - City Health Office, Plaza Libertad, Iloilo City
• DOST- PNRI Honey Team, DOST – Philippine Nuclear Research Institute, Commonwealth Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
• FPIC - Davao, DOST XI, Cor. Friendship and Dumanlas Roads, Davao City
• Palayamanan Project Team, Bulacan Agricultural State College, Pinaod, San Ildefonso, Bulacan
• The DOST 500 Specialist, DOST-Technology Application and Promotion Institute, Bicutan, Taguig

In addition, the CSC has declared that fourteen (14) civil servants have been selected as semi-finalists for the Outstanding Public Officials and Employees (Dangal ng Bayan Award). This accolade is conferred on an individual for the performance of an extraordinary act or public service and consistent demonstration of exemplary ethical behavior as outlined in Republic Act No. 6713 or the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.” 

The semi-finalists are: 

• Ms. Eleonor Bugalin Ayan, Nutritionist-Dietician III, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)- CAR, Baguio City
• Ms. Mary Hazel Brigola Ballena, School Principal II, DepEd Schools Division of Abra, Consiliman, Bangued, Abra 
• Mr. Rex Adivoso Bernardo, Disability Affairs Officer III, Provincial Government of Camarines Norte, Daet, Camarines Norte 
• Mr. Bernardo Talla Cadaon Jr., Social Welfare Officer I, DSWD-CAR, Baguio City
• Mr. Felix De Leon Calixto Jr., Administrative Assistant II (Labor Foreman), City Government of Antipolo, San Roque, Antipolo City 
• Mr. Jonathan Binuluan Canapi, Senior Administrative Assistant II, University of Makati, Makati City
• Mr. Bernardino Dacut Dabuet, Utility Worker II, National Food Authority (NFA), Antipolo, Rizal
• Ms. Gay Dumagdag Galdo, Special Education Teacher I, DepEd Division of Davao Oriental, Baganga North District, City of Mati, Davao Oriental
• Mr. Fritz Jardeleza Juele, Information Technology Officer I, DepEd Schools Division of Roxas City, Roxas City, Capiz 
• Mr. Glenny Estardo Laping, Head Teacher III, DepEd Lapu-Lapu Division Office, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
• Mr. Querino Dolores Lonsagon, Master Teacher II, DepEd Division of Ozamiz City, Carangan, Ozamiz City
• Mr. Roel Cordero Masangkay, Mechanical Plant Operator III, NFA, Cabid-an, Sorsogon City 
• Mr. Andrew Tablazon Palomar, Agriculturist II, DA, Iloilo City 
• Mr. Fernando Sierra Viado, Administrative Aide VI (Mechanic II), City Government of Antipolo, San Roque, Antipolo City

Feedback on the semi-finalists of the 2023 Search for Outstanding Government Workers may be sent by accessing the link: 

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