March 16, 2016
The Philippines is often tagged as an agricultural country, having agriculture as the main driving force of its economy and export industry. It is just fitting that government gives full support to agriculture-related endeavors, especially in the provinces where the real challenge lie.
In Visayas, a female agriculturist was awarded by President Benigno S. Aquino III as one of the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Awardees under the 2015 Search for Outstanding Public Officials and Employees headed by the Civil Service Commission (CSC).
Dina A. Genzola is a Senior Agriculturist at the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA), Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. She pursued a career in agriculture and explored its many facets. She focused on farming communities and marginal farmers through which she was able to implement projects and deliver support services which would alleviate poverty and boost food security and agricultural productivity.
One of the projects is the Negros First Universal Crop Insurance Program (NFUCIP), providing a total of PHP34 million worth of claims or indemnity to farmers, which could recover a total production of 30,920 tons for a gross income amounting to P464,000,000.00. Another is the Pasidungog sa Panguma kag Pangisda, a recognition program that gave tribute and honor to famers and fisherfolk. Awards and cash incentives given through the program were used as to provide them additional capital for their livelihood projects. Genzola also promoted organic agriculture and agri-toursim, both of which helped generate additional income for the agriculture sector and boost the tourism industry in the province.
Genzola is just one of the thirty-three awardees in the 2015 Search for Outstanding Public Officials and Employees spearheaded by the Civil Service Commission (CSC). The annual Search aims to recognize public service exemplars in the country.
CSC is in a continuous search for the likes of Dina Genzola. CSC encourages the public to look for outstanding public servants by sharing stories of remarkable accomplishments and pleasant encounters with them.
“We are encouraging the public to submit nominations to the Search to recognize our lingkod bayani who helped transform the civil service to one that we can truly be proud of—makatao at may malasakit sa lahat—and who have committed themselves to effect exemplary public service,” said CSC Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala.
All employees in the career and non-career service of the government, including appointive barangay officials and employees recognized as government employees, may be nominated. Employees who are under job order or contracts of service are excluded from the program.
The Search forms part of CSC’s Honor Awards Program (HAP), and has three award categories.
The Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award is conferred to an individual or group for exceptional or extraordinary contributions that had nationwide impact.
The Outstanding Public Officials and Employees or the Dangal ng Bayan Award is conferred to an individual for performance of extraordinary act or public service and consistent demonstration of exemplary ethical behavior on the basis of his/her adherence to the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
The CSC Pagasa Award is given to an individual or group of individuals for outstanding contributions that directly benefit more than one department of the government.
Nominations for all award categories can be submitted to any CSC provincial/field or regional office until March 31, 2016. Only nominations with complete requirements will be accommodated for screening and evaluation.