President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr. conferred awards to government service exemplars during the awards rites on 8 March 2023 in Malacañang.
Six (6) recipients of the Presidential Lingkod Bayan and six (6) Civil Service Commission (CSC) Pagasa awardees were hailed for outstanding work performance, while ten (10) recipients of the Dangal ng Bayan Award were recognized for exemplary service and conduct.
Leading the 2022 awardees are workers who have made significant strides in the nation’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. These are Professor 12/Executive Director Dr. Cynthia P. Saloma of the Philippine Genome Center (PCG) and the Cash Service Alliance Core Team (CSA) of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
Dr. Saloma was recognized for laying the infrastructure for genomics research in the country and the foundation by which genomic biosurveillance is now part of the arsenal for pandemic preparedness. With her leadership, PGC was able to provide the Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases with science-based genomics data critical for the whole-of-nation approach management of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, the BSP CSA Core Team was cited for creating CSA as a future-proof, responsive, and resilient initiative vital to the post-pandemic recovery of the Philippine economy. CSA is a strategic shift from heavy reliance on notes issued by the BSP toward ensuring adequate supply of cash in circulation in support of critical economic transactions.
They are two of six recipients of the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award, which is conferred on an individual or group for exceptional or extraordinary contributions resulting from an idea or performance that had a nationwide impact on public interest, security, and patrimony.
Completing the list of the Presidential Lingkod Bayan awardees are Director IV/Scientist IV Dr. Dionisio D. Alvindia of the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech); Digital Onboarding System Team of the Land Bank of the Philippines; Persons With Disability Affairs Office of the Municipal Government of Carmona, Cavite; and STARBOOKS of the Science and Technology Information Institute, Department of Science and Technology.
Seven educators belong to the CSC Pagasa and Dangal ng Bayan Award categories, one of whom is Chief Education Supervisor Ailene B. Añonuevo of Schools Division of Panabo City, Department of Education, Davao del Norte. She was recognized for making education more accessible to indigenous peoples (IP). Her research on the alarming dropout rate of IP learners due to the distant location of their schools, as well as her dedication to initiate the project and establish partnerships with donors, led to the construction of Balay Paglaum para sa Estudyanteng Lumad. The facility is able to provide Grades 7 to 12 learners with temporary shelter as well as daily basic necessities.
Añonuevo received the CSC Pagasa, which is given to an individual or group of individuals for outstanding contributions that directly benefit more than one department of the government.
Joining her as recipients of the CSC Pagasa are Professor VI Edward A. Barlaan of the University of Southern Mindanao, North Cotabato; Master Teacher I Pablita R. Cabarles of Manga National High School, Tagbilaran City, Bohol; and Department Head I (City Health Officer) Dr. Fulbert Alec R. Gillego of the City Government of Legazpi, Legazpi City, Albay. Group awardees include Bataan Peninsula State University’s Community-Based Rice Mushroom Production Team, City of Balanga, Bataan and Provincial Local Government Unit of Davao De Oro’s eGOV Technical Team, Nabunturan, Davao de Oro.
A Dangal ng Bayan awardee, Head Teacher I Ju-Im T. Jimlan of Tamalagon Integrated School, Tangalan, Aklan, was cited for upholding public interest, particularly student welfare, over and above personal interest. His painful experiences as a child growing up in Marawi motivated him to be the best teacher he can be knowing that education is a major factor in changing his students’ life. He developed innovative teaching approaches and information materials such as Tuklas-Aral, Bisita-Kumustahan, Modyul mo, Hatod Ko, among others. He also pioneered the development of the Eco-School Toolkit, which promotes advocacies in science and environmental sustainability and protection.
Other Dangal ng Bayan Awardees are State Auditor IV Adeline P. Baarde of the Commission on Audit, Tuguegarao City; Social Welfare Officer III Georgina M. Bulasa of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office VIII, Tacloban City; Elementary School Principal II Rowan L. Celestra of Buenavista Elementary, Sorsogon City; Administrative Assistant II Thea Maria Rica S. Del Rosario of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Regional Office III, City of San Fernando, Pampanga; Customer Associate Reymond D. Gonzales of the Land Bank of the Philippines Zamboanga Main Branch, Zamboanga City; Planning Officer II Adrian A. Jandusay of the Municipality of Sampaloc, Quezon; Librarian II Antonio L. Morada of the Department of Education Regional Office V Curriculum and Learning Management Division, Legazpi City; Teacher III Rizalina R. Nacpil of San Manuel Elementary School, Tarlac City; and Medical Specialist III Dr. Annie Claire B. Pekas of Luis Hora Memorial Regional Hospital, Bauko, Mountain Province.
The Dangal ng Bayan is conferred on an individual for performance of extraordinary act or public service and consistent demonstration of exemplary ethical behavior on the basis of adherence to Republic Act No. 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.