SAN FERNANDO CITY, September 15 (PIA) — As early as 4 a.m. on September 6, more than a thousand participants gathered in a wellness activity to kick-off the month-long celebration of the 118th Philippine Civil Service Month this September.
The activity, which was held at the Poro Point Baywalk, this city and aimed to promote healthy lifestyle and camaraderie among government employees, was led by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Region 1 and La Union Field Office together with the Association of Regional Executives (AREX).
The kick-off event brought together a total of 1,551 public servants who enthusiastically participated in a fun run and Zumba marathon.
“The wellness of our public servants is very important, thus we want to sustain the awareness for a healthy body,” said CSC-1 Regional Director Hedy Jose Lardizabal.
“We are very glad and overwhelmed by the turn-out of this event because of the active support and participation of the various agencies,” he added.
He also said that the funds generated from the event will be for the Pamana ng Lingkod Bayani Fund which recognizes public servants who died in the line of duty or while in the performance of their functions, duties, and responsibilities.
They will be honored through a Posthumous Ceremony and conferred with the award and plaque of citation.
In addition, their immediate family members will be given financial assistance worth P100,000.00 and scholarship grants.
The winners during the fun run for the 3K male category were: Reymark Ferrer of the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU)-Mid La Union Campus on the first spot, Darwin Gacad of Baccuit National High School as second placer, and Ronnel Lontoc of the La Union Police Provincial Office on third place.
For the 3K female category, the first spot went to Nerrissa Maglaya followed by Megan Maslang both from the Bureau of Fire Protection, and Venus Gacad of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology on the third rank.
Under the 5K male category, Shindy Mark Marqueses of the Department of Social Welfare and Development ranked first while Francis Domingo of the Department of Education and Renge Jeff Rigonan of the DMMMSU Central Administration landed second and third places, respectively.
Finally, Chilli Pepper Chan, Cherry Rose Motea and Christine Taganas from the Police Regional Office 1 bagged the first, second and third places, correspondingly for the 5K female category.
All winners were presented with medals, cash prizes, and tokens. Partner government agencies also received certificates of appreciation.
This year’s kick-off with the theme: “Lingkod Bayani: Makatao, Maka-Diyos, Makabayan,” was participated in by government employees of the different national government agencies, local government units, public schools, and SUCs in the region.
Moreover, on September 17, CSC’s Honor Awards Program will be conducted and will recognize the regional finalists of the categories: Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award, Dangal ng Bayan Award, and CSC Service Award.
The region had 17 nominees for the three categories.
Other government offices are encouraged to hold their own Length of Service and Loyalty Awards ceremonies and present plaques and/or certificates of recognition to employees who served the government for 15, 20, 25 years, and every five years thereafter.
“As public servants, we say: ‘for humanity, for God, and for the country’ we want to show that we are true to our oath of service and we are doing this all for our countrymen and for the Glory of God,” said Lardizabal. (JNPD/AHFF/PIA-1)
Source: PIA Feed