Regional Development Council (RDC) chairman and Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto led the honoring of public servants, agencies and partners in Central Visayas on the occasion of the 115thÂ Philippine Civil Service Anniversary.
Chatto challenged the regional awardees to be more than equal to the task while inspiring them to make others prove their worth.
The Bohol leader, whose speech opened the awarding ceremony, was himself cited as the countryâ€™s only recipient of the two highest Civil Service Commission (CSC) awards in the past—and to this date.
The regional honorees were topped by Maria Daisy Bercede, state auditor V of Talisay City, who will vie for the prestigious national Dangal ng Bayan award.
Chatto was awarded the national Dangal ng Bayan, one of the two highest Philippine civil service honors, in 2011.
Commissioner Nieves Osorio, Regional Director Karin Litz Zerna and Assistant Regional Director Edith Luzano composed the CSC panel conferring the regional awards at Cebu Provincial Capitol in Cebu City on Tuesday.
In receiving her award, the Talisay City auditor was accompanied by Commission on Audit (COA) Regional Director Alicia Malquisto.
Chatto congratulated the regional awardees, including the Bohol winners like the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PHIC) Local Health Insurance Office and Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) based in Tagbilaran City .
Both won the Client Satisfaction Center Seal of Excellence Award (CSC-SEA).
BoholÂ also garnered awards for agency resources with the following as winners—Provincial Government of Bohol, City Government of Tagbilaran, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), Department of Education (DepEd) â€“ Bohol Division, Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and LGUs of Balilihan, Bilar, Talibon and Ubay.
The Talibon LGU was likewise a Brigada Ahensiya awardee for Category B (repairs, refurbishing and repainting fixtures).
For examination venues, the CSC awarded the Dr. Cecilio Putong National High School and University of Bohol , both also based in Tagbilaran City .
The RDC under Chatto was named, along with the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Office, best implementer of the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) program.
Earlier, the RDC passed a resolution for all award-giving agencies to confer their awards during the CSC anniversary and simultaneously with CSC Awards Program itself.
At the monthly Bohol capitol convocation on Monday, Chatto and Vice Gov. Concepcion Lim led the provincial officials and employees in renewing their civil service vows.
During the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) session a Friday before, Lim enjoined all the SP members to the convocation as it would also mark the civil service anniversary.
Of the 12 board members, only Cesar Tomas Lopez, Abeleon Damalerio, Venzencio Arcamo, Tomas Abapo, Jr., Elpidio Jala and Romulo Cepedoza attended last Mondayâ€™s convocation.
The provincial governmentâ€™s month-opening program for September had the Human Resource Development Office, which chief is Josefina Relampagos, as the assigned presenting department.
Chatto, as RDC head, said the awardee from Talisay City should also deserve the support of the Boholanos, she being the only national Dangal ng Bayan finalist from Central Visayas this year.
At the regional awarding, CSC officials themselves cited Chatto for being conferred the national Dangal ng Bayan award in 2011 as governor and Lingkod Bayan honor in 2000 as then vice governor.
As one of his Lingkod Bayan prizes, Chattoâ€™s salary as vice governor was raised equivalent to that of the governor.
CSC officials said Chatto is, until now, the first and only public official and government worker to have received the two highest honors in Philippine civil service.
Winners of the CSC awards are screened by a team from the CSC, COA and Ombudsman.
SEAL OF GOOD
As CSC recognized civil service competence, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has announced its awarding of the 2015 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) to Bohol provincial government.
DILG Provincial Director Loisella Lucino said Bohol province is, therefore, eligible for an incentive of P7 million from the national 2015 Performance Challenge Fund (PCF).
Chatto thanked the DILG, which new secretary is former Calbayog City mayor and Western Samar Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento, for its contribution to both regional and local government efforts and gains.
The governor is confident in Sarmiento, who is a friend, carrying on the â€œstraight pathâ€ tasks of his two immediate DILG predecessors, Mar Roxas who is the LP presidential bet, and the late Jessie Robredo.
Chatto said he is â€œhappyâ€ of Pres. Benigno S. Aquino IIIâ€™s choice of Sarmiento, believing that Roxasâ€™ successor can also ably support Bohol â€™s continuing recovery. (Ven rebo Arigo)