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14 Filipinos Honored
« on: June 10, 2007, 05:34:55 AM »
By Michelle Remo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines -- For the seven recognized achievers in public service, the joy they derive from being government employees is something that a high-paying corporate job cannot top.

Seeing how her fellow Filipinos benefit from her work was fulfillment enough so that she has never entertained the thought of leaving her job for greener pastures abroad, said Reinalda C. Raffinan, who works as an operations officer at the Department of the Interior and Local Governments (DILG).

Raffinan is one of the seven recipients of the “Achievers in Public Service Award” given out by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) during its 70th anniversary celebration last Friday.

Aside from recognizing outstanding government employees, the pension fund for state employees also cited seven outstanding government agencies during the celebration.

The government agencies cited as Achievers in Public Service Award were: the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, the National Statistics Office, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the provincial government of Bulacan, the Jose Fabella Memorial School, the local government of Davao City, and the Mahalo Elementary School in Anahawan, Southern Leyte.

Raffinan spearheaded the operations of Patrol 117, the emergency hotline similar to the United States’ 911 hotline. Patrol 117 is credited for helping prevent crime and for making emergency assistance more accessible.

Med tech

Not only was Raffinan instrumental in the implementation of the project, she also helped in training people on the operations of the Patrol 117 call centers.

“I actually finished medical technology, and I could have worked abroad if I wanted to. But I opted to stay in government because of the fulfillment I get from my job,” Raffinan said in Filipino.

Other extraordinary achievements that helped Raffinan get the award include the implementation of the “Barangay Tanod Professionalization Program” and the “Child-Friendly Local Governance Program,” among many others.

Pedro M. del Rosario is another awardee for whom the non-monetary rewards of his job is enough.

P35M saving

Del Rosario, who started out as a utility worker and now serves as an administrative aide at the Baguio City General Hospital, has a knack for repairing malfunctioning hospital equipment.

Although doing repairs was not really part of a job that involves only housekeeping, Del Rosario has been credited with helping the hospital save as much as P35 million for fixing vital equipment that would have otherwise needed replacing.

“[Del Rosario’s] accomplishment contributed to the national interest of the government because it supports the austerity measure without sacrificing the quality of service being given to the patients,” the GSIS said in the citation that was read during the awarding ceremony.

According to Del Rosario, knowing that he was helping in increasing the hospital’s capability to serve its patients was what makes his life meaningful.

For Gerry B. Baucan, a level-III teacher at the Alfonso Tabora Elementary School in Baguio City, sharing what he knows with his charges while instilling in them the value of environmental protection is what keeps him passionately in love with his job.

Taking care of the future

“I wanted to teach children how to take care of the environment because doing so is one way to take care of their future,” Baucan said in Filipino.

Baucan was recognized as one of the outstanding public servants for his several contributions to environmental awareness. With his leadership, the “Clean and Green Program” of the Alfonso Tabora Elementary School won for the school the “Cleanest Purok in the Barangay” award.

Baucan taught the schoolchildren proper collection, disposal and recycling of solid wastes that gave the school its reputation for being clean and green. The waste materials that were collected were sold and the proceeds used for the repair of classrooms.

Baucan also taught the parents and students in a project to construct a nursery on the school grounds for fruit-bearing trees. The seedlings were sold to the farmers and the proceeds were used to finance beautification projects and the improvement of the school’s facilities.

Farmers’ productivity


Carmen C. Cubrado, the agricultural officer for the local government of Pilar, Bohol, was recognized for her contributions to her farming community.

Pilar was plagued by soil erosion, a serious problem for a community heavily dependent on farming. But with Cubrado’s leadership, Pilar was able to raise enough funds to support the implementation of various programs to improve farmers’ productivity.

Among these were the Municipal Land Care Program, which taught farmers how to fight soil erosion, and the establishment of the “Rice Enhancement Compact Demonstration Farm,” which promoted awareness on the use of certified hybrid rice seeds.

Cubrado is credited for helping improve the economic conditions of her community enough for Pilar to be lifted from 5th-class municipality to 4th-class municipality status.

Arelie C. Jacildo, a public school nurse in the Aringay district of La Union, is not your ordinary school nurse. Although she could very well have simplified her job by catering only to the students who visited the school clinic, Jacildo expanded the feeding programs to service neighboring schools.

“Many of our nurses are going abroad, but I cannot feel the same desire knowing many children in my community ware in need of health and education assistance,” Jacildo said.

By presenting her proposed health programs to non-government organizations and private citizens, Jacildo was able to generate much-needed funds.

She helped in the implementation of the feeding program in 19 schools in Aringay and helped raise funds for the surgery of poor students.

Visiting poor kids


According to colleagues, Jacildo devotes much of her time to visiting poor children living in far-flung villages, walking through mountain trails that cannot be reached by vehicle.

Melecio Fernandez is a social welfare assistant at the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Davao province. With his knowledge of plant propagation and motor vehicles, he has developed very useful rehabilitation programs for drug dependents involving these two fields.

Fernandez spearheaded the installation of an “orchidarium” at the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Drug Dependents in Bago, Davao City. His project was cited as one of the best therapies for rehabilitating drug dependents.

He was also instrumental in the teaching of young drug dependents at a rehabilitation center in Bago-Oshiro, Davao City welding, general body repair, painting and rewiring of vehicles.

He also prepared a project proposal on the Training of Technical Driving and Supervision, and trained drug dependent minors in basic driving techniques and the use of vehicle accessories and parts.

The last recipient of the Achievers in Public Service Award is Ninie C. del Rosario, an education supervisor in the Department of Education office in Davao City.

Del Rosario spearheaded a fund-raising project to finance feeding programs for schoolchildren in Davao City.

She also led in raising funds for the improvement of the facilities of the Sta. Ana Elementary School, such as the upgrading of laboratory equipment. Del Rosario is also credited with initiating the Science Festival at the Rizal Elementary School, which helped in promoting interest in science among the students.

Del Rosario, who has been a teacher for the past 23 years starting with an annual salary of P6,888, wrote and published science teaching modules for elementary teachers which are now in use among science teachers in Davao.

“That [small salary] did not bother me because I really love educating the children. If you enjoy your job, money will not matter so much. You will just realize that along the way, God will provide you with the things you need,” she said.


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