The Civil Service Commission (CSC) spearheaded the nationwide simultaneous fun run, trail hike and tree planting events collectively dubbed as the Plant-Run on Sunday, 17 September 2023. The activity is one of the highlights of the celebration of the 123rd Philippine Civil Service Anniversary (PCSA).
In the National Capital Region (NCR) and Region IV, CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles led government employees in planting indigenous, fruit-bearing, and bamboo trees in Yes City, Barangay Cuyambay Tanay, Rizal.
Together with Chairperson Nograles were Tanay Municipal Mayor Rafael A. Tanjuatco, Anti-Red Tape Authority Director General Ernesto Perez, Laguna Lake Development Authority General Manager Senando A. Santiago, Bureau of Fire Protection Calabarzon Fire Senior Inspector Argie J. Baniel, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Forester Ramil Limpiada, Philippine National Police Rizal Province OIC Provincial Director PCOL Rainerio M. De Chavez and Bureau of Customs Commissioner Guillermo Parayno Jr.
“Happy Philippine Civil Service Anniversary! Nais kong batiin ang lahat ng mga ahensya na kasama natin ngayon dahil ang PCSA ay hindi lamang anibersaryo ng CSC, ito ay anibersaryo ng lahat ng civil servants, the 1.9 million workforce of the government nationwide. Sa Plant-Run po na ito natin makikita na tayong mga civil servants, isinasabuhay natin ang lagi nating sinusumpaan tuwing Panunumpa ng Katapatan sa Watawat at Panunumpa ng Lingkod Bayan - ang pagiging maka-kalikasan,” remarked Chairperson Nograles.
He congratulated CSC Regional Office IV, led by Regional Director Maria Leticia G. Reyna, for organizing the activity that will raise funds for Pamanang Lingkod Bayani, a program that honors government workers who died in the line of duty through the provision of one-time financial assistance plus scholarship opportunities to their family members.
“We are proud to announce that we have exceeded the target number of participants for this event by 180%. Time and time again, kapag gumagawa tayo ng mga events kung saan makikita ang pagkakaisa ng mga civil servants and with a good cause, pinapalabas talaga natin ang ating pagmamahal sa bayan at pagmamahal sa kalikasan,” he added.
For his part, Mayor Tanjuatco expressed appreciation to the CSC for choosing Yes City as the venue for this year’s Plant-Run.
“Karangalan na maging panauhin kayo dito sa Tanay. Tayo ay nasa pinakamataas na bahagi ng Tanay at ang bundok na ito ay bahagi ng upper Marikina protected area. Boundary rin ito Kaliwa River kung kaya mahalaga na mapangalagaan ang lugar na ito,” said Mayor Tanjuatco.
Also present during the event were CSC Assistant Commissioners Ariel G. Ronquillo, Karin Litz P. Zerna, Judith A. Dongallo-Chicano, Nerissa B. Canguilan; CSC NCR Director IV Victoria F. Esber; and Public Assistance and Information Office Director Maria Luisa Salonga-Agamata.
Among the government agencies which participated in the event were the Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Tourism, Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Philippine Space Agency, Philippine Statistics Authority, Bureau of Immigration, Human Settlements Adjudication Commission, and National Museum.
Also present at the event were representatives from the Office of the President, Bureau of Broadcast Services, National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Normal University, Development Academy of the Philippines, Tanay Water District, Government Service and Insurance System, National Council on Disability Affairs, Philippine Commission on Good Governance, Office of Civil Defense, Philippine National Police, and Philippine Army.