Director IV/Scientist IV
Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech)
Department of Agriculture
Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija

For introducing innovation to empower and inspire stakeholders in the agriculture sector via maximizing land use, increasing productivity, and ensuring sustainability, resulting in improved food adequacy and rice sufficiency in the country. Dr. Alvindia’s researches resulted in the development of plant-based, sustainable, and eco-friendly approach to postharvest diseases in various tropical crops, and the invention of problem-oriented and effective bio-pesticides with bacteria and plant extracts as active ingredients. These inventions in pest and disease control are now commercially adopted as alternatives to synthetic agrochemicals, which is considered a win-win for the consuming public, farmers, and the planet.



Professor 12/Executive Director Philippine Genome Center
Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs University of the Philippines System
Diliman, Quezon City

A scientist, molecular biologist, mentor, and innovator, Dr. Saloma laid 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, the Philippine Genome Center (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. Until now, she continues to push the PGC team to embark on relentless capacity-building to forge research collaborations with various stakeholders and the international scientific community.

BSP Cash Service Alliance Team

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Malate, Manila

Team Leader: Ralph William Celis Meris, Bank Officer VI
Ruth Ciriaco Gonzaga, Director
Lilia Catris Guillermo, Assistant Governor
Jann Ryan De Ocampo Jose, Bank Officer IV
Reynaldo Florencio Toribio Zipagan, Director

For establishing 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 Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) toward ensuring adequate supply of cash in circulation in support of critical economic transactions. In 2021, 36% of the cash requirements of banks in the Greater Manila Area amounting to PHP287 billion were sourced through the CSA. The 28 banks that actively participated in the CSA were able to strengthen their networks, ensure business continuity, and lower their operating and transport costs through reduced trips to the BSP. In addition, these banks collectively saved service fees amounting to PHP19 million for deposits and withdrawals from the BSP.


Digital Onboarding System Team

Land Bank of the Philippines Malate, Manila

Team Leader: Althon Caballero Ferolino, Senior Vice President
Grace Ofelia Lovely Valles Dayo, Vice President Aurelia
Marcelo Lavilla, Assistant Vice President
Sylvia Cebu Lim, Senior Vice President
Carla Buena Mirabueno, Division Chief

For establishing 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 Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) toward ensuring adequate supply of cash in circulation in support of critical economic transactions. In 2021, 36% of the cash requirements of banks in the Greater Manila Area amounting to PHP287 billion were sourced through the CSA. The 28 banks that actively participated in the CSA were able to strengthen their networks, ensure business continuity, and lower their operating and transport costs through reduced trips to the BSP. In addition, these banks collectively saved service fees amounting to PHP19 million for deposits and withdrawals from the BSP.

Persons with Disability Affairs Office

Municipal Government of Carmona Carmona, Cavite

Team Leader: Rosebelle Ligaya Mercurio, Municipal Government Department Head I
Merlea Oesmer Alegre, Daycare Worker II
Jerrold Zamora Hernandez, Daycare Worker II
Jenalyn Babila Papango, Daycare Worker II
Angelica Maniquiz Victorio, Disability Affairs Officer I

For ensuring that equal opportunity is provided to persons with disability (PWDs) with the creation of the Comprehensive Approach Response Education and Rehabilitation (CARER) Program, an education and livelihood initiative that caters to children and adolescent PWD learners. The Persons with Disability Affairs Office-Carmona, Cavite was able to further transform CARER from an avenue to prepare children with disabilities for integration into regular school, to a holistic program that offers PWD learners and graduates not only education, but also career prospects and livelihood opportunities through technical training and income-generating activities, making them capable and confident in dealing with mainstream society.



Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Science and Technology Information
Philippine General Hospital
Institute DOST Complex, Bicutan, Taguig City

Team Leader: Alan Concepcion Taule, Chief Science Research Specialist
Arjay Carandang Escondo, Information Systems Researcher III
Alfon Buot Narquita, Senior Science Research Specialist
Nelly Agpawa Ngangay, Science Research Specialist II

For revolutionizing the concept and use of a library with the development of interactive kiosks that host learning media such as text, audio, and videos related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosks or STARBOOKS have been proven effective in forging inclusiveness by bringing information and knowledge resources to people and communities at the fringes of society in the country. In turn, people are able to maximize such knowledge for educational advancement, disaster readiness, and even entrepreneurial opportunities. Due to their portability, the kiosks can be relocated anywhere in the country, even in off-grid sites, conflict areas, and remote indigenous communities.



State Auditor IV Commission on Audit Tuguegarao City

For her earnest demonstration of the highest standard of ethics and integrity in the performance of her functions as state auditor. She audited the accounts of the municipal treasurers of the LGUs of Palanan in Isabela and Piat in Cagayan, which resulted in the restitution of cash shortages and the filing of appropriate charges against the accountable officers. Through her vigilant monitoring, the government was able to recover more than PHP8 million from implementing Commission on Audit Decisions and Notices of Suspensions.



Social Welfare Officer III
Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office VIII Tacloban City

For her exemplary adherence to the norms of conduct and ethical standards serving as a model social worker. She works with children in conflict with the law (CICL) through center- based rehabilitation at the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth. As case manager and the concurrent head of the Center, she provides intensive individual and group therapy sessions, assists them in attending court hearings, submits progress reports, and testifies before the court to facilitate the discharge of the CICL from rehabilitation. She also partnered with institutions to provide alternative education and skills training, ensuring that CICLs will be productive members of the society.


Elementary School Principal II
Department of Education Buenavista Elementary School
Sorsogon West District Sorsogon City

For his zealous commitment to public service through the provision of quality education manifested in the numerous community programs and projects implemented, which led to strengthened stakeholder engagement and community empowerment. For one, the helped capacitate 150 mothers to be learning facilitators for their children at home, resulting in increased enrollment from 2019–2021, reduced number of non- readers and struggling readers, zero dropouts, and increased participation of parents in school activities. Principal Celestra co-founded the Kindness Station, a community pantry initiative which encouraged people to give, share, and take what they need during the pandemic. It has served at least 35,000 families and has been adopted in several provinces throughout Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.


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Administrative Assistant II
Department of Social Welfare and Development Regional Office III
City of San Fernando, Pampanga

For her professionalism as displayed in the discharge of her duties with the highest degree of excellence, intelligence, and skills evidenced in her immeasurable contributions in improving the organizational performance of DSWD Regional Office III. In her capacity as chapter president of the Social Welfare Employees Association of the Philippines (SWEAP), she led the standardization of membership, hospitalization, burial, and savings withdrawal processes; digitized members’ records for ease of access; developed payment record bookkeeping for ease in computation of claims; and initiated online transactions of SWEAP services region-wide.


Customer Associate
Land Bank of the Philippines
Zamboanga Main Branch, Zamboanga City

For his strict adherence to Land Bank of the Philippines’ customer-centered orientation in extending prompt, courteous, and efficient service to clients. When Zamboanga City was placed under the Enhanced Community Quarantine, he continued to perform his duties, bravely facing travel restrictions, logistical challenges, and risk of infection. He ensured that all LBP branches within his jurisdiction had sufficient cash requirements crucial to continued economic activities. His efforts were especially helpful to the beneficiaries of the government's Special Assistance Program.



Planning Officer II
Municipality of Sampaloc Quezon

For refusing to be confined to what is in his job description and instead strived to deliver beyond what is expected of him, not just as Planning Officer II, but as computer operator, hardware technician and troubleshooter, mapper, and instructor by teaching foundational digital literacy, particularly in the use of office software and applications. He was credited for the efficient deployment and operationalization of Sampaloc’s e-Business Permit and Licensing, e-Tricycle Permits and Licensing, and the Tech4Ed Center, among others. His dedication to work also went beyond official working days and hours. He willingly lends his personal equipment to ensure that performance commitments are delivered within agreed timelines.


Head Teacher I
Department of Education
Tamalagon Integrated School Tangalan, Aklan

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. His display of strong work ethics and leadership made him a role model for colleagues and students alike. He is active in community work volunteering as a responder during Typhoon Odette and organizing donation drives for COVID-19 frontliners.



Librarian II
Curriculum and Learning Management Division Department of Education
Regional Office V Legazpi City

For remaining true to his public service calling and not discriminating against anyone, especially the poor and the underprivileged. He advocated for the prioritization of projects that are responsive to the needs of learners identified with learning difficulties and those experiencing extreme poverty. He initiated the Shelter for Learners project to create a conducive learning environment and has benefited students from Daraga, Camalig, and Ligao City. He institutionalized the Bike for Learners project, which provides mountain bikes for learners with no means of transportation. He organized donation drives and visited schools to provide supplies, books, instructional materials, and toys for students. Using his personal resources, he is also known to distribute groceries, give financial assistance, and provide transportation allowance to less fortunate students.


Teacher III
Department of Education
San Manuel Elementary School Tarlac City Schools Division Tarlac City

For manifesting exemplary conduct in the performance of her duties. Not only is she a force to reckon with in advocating for student welfare, but she is also a pillar in the community due to her enabling initiatives. For instance, the Project Kaagapay Mo, nutrition centers, and greenhouse projects are means to provide sustainable livelihood, in support of her conviction that poverty should never hinder a child from learning and education. Her initiatives resulted in decreased malnutrition, reduced student absenteeism, and significant cut in school drop-out rate.



Medical Specialist III
Luis Hora Memorial Regional Hospital Bauko, Mountain Province

For being accountable to the people at all times, serving them with utmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty, and efficiency, and acting with patriotism and justice, Dr. Pekas continues to be the epitome of a lingkod bayani. A surgeon by profession, she is known to step forward and take the lead in high-risk settings such as attending to COVID-19 wards, intensive care, and medical emergencies. She was the main initiator in the establishment of Luis Hora’s Ambulatory Surgery Unit, Physical Rehabilitation Center, and a fully functional Endoscopy Tower. She is also one of the founders of the Emergency Responder 26, a volunteer rescue group in the Mountain Province composed of individuals from various government agencies equipped with the necessary skills in Basic Life Support, Cardiovascular Life Support, and rescue operations.



Chief Education Supervisor
Department of Education Schools Division of Panabo City
Davao del Norte

For making education more accessible to indigenous peoples or 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. Balay Paglaum has achieved zero non-reader and zero dropout records, and a number of its IP beneficiaries have already finished secondary education.



Professor VI
University of Southern Mindanao
North Cotabato

For his pioneering works on plant breeding and genetics that greatly helped the agricultural industry. He developed molecular primer kits for cacao, coconut, oil palm, and palm species, which help in distinguishing genuine variety of the plant, thereby allowing farmers to source high-quality planting materials and improve their productivity and profitability. He developed probe kits for early detection of pathogens, which saved the banana industry from disease outbreaks. He also enabled molecular fingerprinting used to support the coconut hybridization program of the Philippine Coconut Authority, and to help identify palm species for diversity conservation.


Master Teacher I
Department of Education Manga National High School
Tagbilaran City, Bohol

For transforming Manga National High School into a certified Integrated Diversified Organic Farming System Learning Site. The site’s rocky terrain did not stop her from intensifying the school’s Gulayan sa Paaralan Program. She introduced container gardening and edible landscaping while implementing various strategies to improve the viability of crops, vegetables, and ornamentals. With the program’s success, the school has become a benchmarking destination for local and foreign visitors, and its students have become more interested in agri-preneurship.



City Government Department Head I (City Health Officer)
City Government of Legazpi
Legazpi City, Albay

For the successful implementation of the city’s medical and health programs. He expanded the Sagip Kalusugan Program, an award-winning nutrition program that initially catered to infants and children but now serves all age groups, especially the most vulnerable sectors. He was instrumental in the establishment of the strategically-located Buyuan and Banquerohan Birthing Facilities to serve residents in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas. He also lobbied for the creation of vital health positions for the Health Manpower Program, which expanded the workforce by 95 percent.

Mushroom of BSU

Bataan Peninsula State University City of Balanga, Bataan

Team leader: Rina Quiambao Paguia, Assistant Professor IV
Christian Misola Balba, Associate Professor I
Mirasol Macaranas Rosano, Administrative Aide VI

For uplifting the lives of rice farmers in Bataan by introducing and promoting an integrated farming system approach through mushroom production, vermin composting, and off- season vegetable production using rice straws. The team's research-based technology transfer training, capacity building on crop diversification, and entrepreneurial skills development for farmers have significantly improved the latter’s production capacity, productivity, competitiveness, and sustainability. The team also established cooperatives to help farmers increase their income by producing and marketing mushroom and mushroom-based food products. This has also resulted in making Bataan known as an excellent producer of mushroom varieties aside from rice as its prime commodity. The extension project not only helped the rice farmers, it has also been instrumental in the province's overall agricultural sector growth.


eGov Team

Provincial Government of Davao De Oro
Nabunturan, Davao de Oro

Team leader: Joyzel Roxas Odi, Provincial Government Department Head
George Dan Gil Macarayan Duran, Computer Programmer III
Wilfredo Manon-Og Galagala, Information Technology Officer II
Antonio Sale Salarda Jr., Computer Maintenance Technologist II
Antonio Salvo Simene, Information Technology Officer II

For effectively harnessing and championing eGovernance in improving public service delivery in Davao De Oro through the development of various ICT systems. Despite limited financial resources and ICT infrastructure, the team has created award-winning digital systems such as the blood distribution management system, document management system, fund utilization management system, call DDoc, 1DDoHelpline, household profiling and needs assessment, COVID-19 testing information system, and Davao De Oro website and DDO iPortal. These solutions promoted ease of doing business and government service delivery, supported the province's pandemic response, established interoperability among agencies, and improved work operations and processes of the local government. The team's ICT development program also enabled citizens to be digitally literate and empowered them to avail and use the province’s frontline service applications.