MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino honored this year’s outstanding public officials and employees in Malacañang, handing them awards in a program administered by the Civil Service Commission.
The late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo was posthumously conferred the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award “for exemplifying the ideal in public service, his principled leadership, compassion for the vulnerable, and pride in serving the Filipino people.”
Robredo’s eldest daughter, Aika, received the award for her dad.
Robredo was one of the first recipients of another type of award administered by the Civil Service Commission, the Dangal ng Bayan award. He received it in 1990.
Also awarded the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award was Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto for “daring to fight the roughest battles” of the province, including addressing “overcrowding in Taal Lake to improve water quality and prevent fish kills,” improving roads, establishing “the first provincial-based OFW Center,” and modernizing district hospitals.
Santos-Recto was accompanied by husband Senator Ralph and sons Luis and Ryan Christian.
Other recipients of the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award were Philippine Army Public Affairs Chief Major Harold Cabunoc, Police Deputy Director General Arturo Cacdac, Balanga City Mayor Jose Enrique Garcia III, BIR Chief Revenue Officer III Aminoding B. Macarampat (Marawi City), DOST’s Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, San Fernando City Mayor Oscar Rodriguez, AFP Command Center Chief Brigadier General Romeo Tanalgo, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office-Libya Team, and Philpass Remit System of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
Ecosystems Management Specialist II Melania Dirain was given a posthumous Dangal ng Bayan Award.
Dirain was part of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office of the DENR in Region II. She was cited for her “crusade against illegal logging,” which cost her life.
“It was believed that she earned the ire of timber poachers and their cohorts and was shot to death inside her office on February 7, 2012,” the citation read.
Her son, Miguel Angelo, received the award from President Aquino on her behalf.
Other Dangal ng Bayan awardees include Alternative Learning System Mobile Teacher Jocelyn Cariño, Antipolo City Social Welfare and Development Office Administrative Aide Crisostomo Ibarra, Capiz State University President Dr. Editha L. Magallanes, COA Iloilo State Auditor IV Haydee Pasuelo, and Roxas (Palawan) Medicare Hospital Medical Officer III Dr. Welthy E. Villanueva.
The Civil Service Commission Pagasa Awardees were Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office III Chief Administrative Officer Maribel Blanco; Capiz Provincial Health Office Pharmacist Claire Caberoy; Maragusan, Compostela Valley Mayor Cesar C. Colina Sr; Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Public Relations Officer II Marilou Dungog; Antipolo City Barangay Chairman Catalino M. Leyva;
National Irrigation Administration Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems (NIA-UPRIIS) Acting Operations Manager Engineer Josephine Salazar; City of San Fernando Public Employment Services Office (PESO) Manager Dominador Sayre; Balanga City Agriculture Office; Balanga City Agriculture Office; the Office of the Antipolo City Assessor; Orani Water District Operation and Management Excellence Team; and the Provincial Health Office of Capiz.