The Civil Service Commission (CSC) is accepting nominations to the 2019 Search for Outstanding Government Workers. Deadline of submission of nominations is on March 31.
The awards to be given out are the highest and most coveted recognition given by the government to individuals or group of individuals who have excelled or shown utmost dedication and commitment in public service.
All government workers in the career and non-career service, including elective and appointive barangay officials and employees subject to certain conditions, may be nominated. Employees who are under job order, contract of service, and extension of service are excluded from the coverage of the program.
There are three award categories under the Search: the Presidential Lingkod Bayan (PLB), the Outstanding Public Officials and Employees or Dangal ng Bayan (DnB), and the CSC Pagasa.
The PLB Award is conferred on an individual or group of five (5) members for exceptional or extraordinary contributions that had nationwide impact. The CSC Pagasa Award is conferred on an individual or group of five (5) members for outstanding contributions that directly benefit more than one department of the government. The DnB Award is given to an individual for performance of an extraordinary act or public service and consistent demonstration of exemplary ethical behavior.
The annual Search for Outstanding Government Workers forms part of CSC’s Honor Awards Program (HAP), which recognizes government officials and employees who have displayed outstanding work performance and exemplary conduct and ethical behavior. The program aims to motivate or inspire government employees to improve the quality of their performance and instill deeper involvement in public service.
The Search guidelines, including the qualification requirements, criteria for evaluation, and required nomination documents, can be found in CSC Memorandum Circular No. 1, s. 2019 which can be accessed from the CSC website at www.csc.gov.ph.
PLB awardees are entitled to automatic promotion to the next higher position or the equivalent salary increase, subject to existing civil service rules and regulations. They shall also receive a gold-gilded medallion, plaque containing the citation and signature of the President of the Philippines, and cash prize.
DnB awardees may be entitled to automatic promotion to the next higher position or receive the equivalent salary increase, subject to existing civil service rules and regulations. They shall also receive a trophy designed by National Artist for Sculpture Napoleon V. Abueva and a cash prize.
Meanwhile, CSC Pagasa awardees shall be given a gold-gilded medallion, plaque containing the citation and signature of the CSC Chairperson, and a cash prize.
Among the awardees in 2018 were Midwife II Laurensa S. Joldanero from the Municipal Health Office in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, who was instrumental in the decrease in child and maternal mortality and incidence of infectious and vector-borne diseases in Mangyan communities; Research Professor 7 Dr. Eva Maria C. de la Paz of the University of the Philippines Manila who set up a Cancer Genetics and Molecular Genetics laboratory at the said university, the first of its kind in the country; Police Chief Superintendent Rodelio B. Jocson, who ensured peaceful co-existence in Maguindanao by authoring the creation of a reconciliation and unification council composed of Muslim elders and respected tribesmen to resolve conflicts and provide settlement among residents; and the Botanical Dewormer Team from Capiz State University, who developed an organic product derived from betel nut and ipil ipil seeds that solved the problem of internal parasitism affecting the livelihood of poultry raisers in Panay Island.