Government officials and employees from various offices nationwide joined the online Zumba organized by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) on 1 September 2023, to kick off the 123rd Philippine Civil Service Anniversary (PCSA) celebration.
CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles together with Commissioners Aileen Lourdes Lizada and Ryan Alvin Acosta led the online Zumba organized by the CSC Regional Office I as part of the institution’s unwavering commitment to safeguarding the mental and physical well-being of civil servants.
“To the 1.9 million-strong workers of government, a very happy and dynamic 123rd PCSA to all of us. This morning’s activity marks the start of the month-long activities we have rigorously prepared and waited for these past few months. Building upon the success of last year's Online Zumba and Film Showing, in partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), we are once again hosting these events to promote workplace recreation and alleviate the pressures of our work,” said Chairperson Nograles.
The personnel from both the CSC Central Office and Regional Offices were joined by a diverse range of national government agencies and local government units (LGUs) from all over the country.
These included LGUs from Camalaniugan and Enrile in Cagayan, Tagkawayan in Quezon, San Antonio in Zambales, San Juan in La Union, Sapa-sapa in Tawi-Tawi, as well as Marawi City Water District, the Department of Education Division of Bayugan City in Agusan del Sur, the Philippine Carabao Center at Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University in Rosario, La Union, Aparri Water District in Cagayan, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 2 in Tuguegarao City, Cabuyao City Jail Female Dorm in Laguna, Commission on Audit Regional Office VI, and Philippine National Police Regional Maritime Unit 6 in Iloilo City.
Commissioner Acosta extended his heartfelt congratulations to the participants for the resounding success of the kickoff activity.
“You’ve truly elevated the spirit of the 123rd PCSA, infusing it with excitement and fulfillment. Through this event, we’ve come to realize the imperative of embracing a healthy lifestyle not just as an option but as an integral part of our lifestyle,” he said.
Meanwhile, Commissioner Lizada also expressed appreciation to CSC's partner agencies and stakeholders for their selfless dedication that enabled the country to celebrate the anniversary of the civil service and continue providing efficient public service.
"Happy anniversary sa ating lahat. Patuloy sana tayong maging inspirasyon, maging matatag at maging pag-asa. Nawa'y lahat ng ito ay para sa diyos, para sa bayan," she said.
In partnership with FDCP, registered participants are also entitled to watch a curated selection of films throughout September via the FDCP channel at https://fdcpchannel.ph. The film screening will showcase three movies such as "Edward" directed by Thop Nazareno, "Mañanita" directed by Paul Soriano, and "Retirada" directed by Cynthia Cruz-Paz and Milo Paz.
Proceeds from the online Zumba and film showing will go to the CSC’s Pamanang Lingkod Bayani, a program that honors government workers who died in the line of duty through the grant of a one-time financial assistance plus scholarship opportunities to their family members.
About the PCSA
The annual PCSA celebration commemorates the signing of Public Law No. 5 or An Act for the Establishment and Maintenance of an Efficient and Honest Civil Service in the Philippine Islands on 19 September 1900.
The celebration is also pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1050, series of 1997 signed by the late President Fidel Valdez Ramos declaring the month of September as the Civil Service Month.
The PCSA has a 10-year overarching theme, Transforming Public Service in the Next Decade: Honing Agile and Future-Ready Servant-Heroes, which reflects the collective experience of the government workforce in the new normal, and in pushing for digital transformation and innovations to uphold public service excellence and continuity.
The 123rd PCSA has a variety of exciting activities scheduled, such as the 2023 Public Sector Human Resource Symposium, 2023 Awards Rites for Outstanding Government Workers, Government Online Career Fair, Plant-Run, Bloodletting Activity, Contact Center ng Bayan Partner Recognition Program, and PRIME HRM Awards.
For more information about the 123rd PCSA and the schedule of activities, go to www.csc.gov.ph/pcsa2023 or monitor the CSC Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/civilservicegovph for updates.