The Civil Service Commission (CSC) recognized its partner agencies who helped ensure the success of the 123rd Philippine Civil Service Anniversary (PCSA) during the Appreciation Program for PCSA Key Partners on 15 November 2023 at the CSC Resource Center in Quezon City.

CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles expressed gratitude to the attendees, noting that the program serves as a venue to appreciate the invaluable partnerships and collaborations forged toward a common goal.

“Kung gaano kabigat ang ating trabaho araw-araw bilang lingkod bayan, higit na mahirap manghikayat ng daan-daang ahensya at tanggapan ng pamahalaan mula sa iba’t ibang probinsya, lungsod, at munisipalidad sa bansa na makilahok sa ating mga aktibidad para sa pagdiriwang ng PCSA ngayong taon. This difficult task required the concerted efforts of multiple stakeholders, and you, our partners, have been indispensable in helping us achieve this mission. Kaya maraming maraming salamat sa inyong suporta at kooperasyon,” he said.

Organized by the CSC Civil Service Institute (CSI), the Appreciation Program took place in both onsite and online formats. The event showcased audio-visual presentations and expressions of gratitude from the 123rd PCSA Co-Chairs, Assistant Commissioner Ariel G. Ronquillo and Director IV Maria Luisa Salonga Agamata, and other CSC Directors who played key roles in the activities conducted in September.

CSC Acting Assistant Commissioners Judith Dongallo-Chicano and Nerissa B. Canguilan presented the certificates of recognition to the government offices, private institutions, stakeholders, and CSC officials and employees nationwide for their valuable support and contribution in organizing and conducting the PCSA events.

In her message, CSC Commissioner Aileen Lourdes A. Lizada noted that the active participation of agencies did not only highlight the importance of having a dynamic civil service, but also rallied public servants into donating blood, conducting medical assistance in communities, and raising funds for the bereaved families of fallen civil servants under the CSC's Pamanang Lingkod Bayani Program.

“When I talked to CSC PCSA focals, the bottomline of the partnership conversation with you is that of genuinely wanting to help and appreciating the role of government workers in nation-building. Nawa ay maiparamdam namin ang taos-puso naming pasasalamat sa pamamagitan ng simpleng programang ito para sa inyo,” she said.

Among the partner agencies recognized were the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Government Service Insurance System, Philippine Information Agency, Insurance Commission, Philippine Blood Center, Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital, Jose B. Lingad Memorial General Hospital, Department of Health, Philippine Dental Association, Baguio City Health Services Office, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

The CSC also thanked the assistance provided by the Provincial Government Office of Rizal; Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 3; City Environment and Natural Resources Office of Capas, Tarlac; Municipal Government of Tanay, Rizal; Laguna Lake Development Authority; Water Districts of Morong, Tanay, and Pililla of the Province of Rizal; Philippine Army; Department of Public Works and Highways First and Second District Engineering Office; Rizal Police Provincial Office; Bureau of Jail Management and Penology; and Bureau of Fire Protection.

Several business establishments were also credited for granting special privileges to civil servants for the whole month of September. The Commission specifically thanked the SM Appliance Center, SM Supermalls, SM Foundation, JobStreet by SEEK, MX3 Philippines, SM Supermalls, and SM Foundation, Generika Drugstore, Ka Tunying’s, Watsons Philippines, Star City, Majesty Driving School, Hi-Q appliance, Auto-Dox Car Care Center, and the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company.

CSC Commissioner Ryan Alvin Acosta expressed his hopeful outlook, anticipating renewed support from partner agencies for the 124th PCSA celebration next year.

“Your continuous support is vital as we strive to make a better, more inclusive, and service-oriented future for our nation. It is the enduring partnership like ours that make a significant difference in fostering a sense of community, social responsibility, and patriotism,” he said.

About the PCSA

The annual PCSA celebration commemorates the signing of Public Law No. 5 or An Act for the Establishment and Maintenance of an Efficient and Honest Civil Service in the Philippine Islands on 19 September 1900.

The celebration is also pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1050, series of 1997 signed by the late President Fidel Valdez Ramos declaring the month of September as the Civil Service Month.

The PCSA has a 10-year overarching theme, Transforming Public Service in the Next Decade: Honing Agile and Future-Ready Servant-Heroes, which reflects the collective experience of the government workforce in the new normal, and in pushing for digital transformation and innovations to uphold public service excellence and continuity.

The month-long PCSA celebration engaged 1.9 million civil servants nationwide to participate in the following activities: Online Zumba and Film Showing; PCSA Virtual Launch and Press Briefing; Government Online Career Fair; Bloodletting Activity; Plant-Run; Medical Mission of Government Workers; 2023 Public Sector HR Symposium; Search for Outstanding Government Workers; Contact Center ng Bayan Partner Recognition Program; and the offering of special treats for government workers.