Written by Celeste Ann Castillo Llaneta
Several UP alumni were among the 2020 and 2021 Search for the Outstanding Government Workers winners, an annual search administered by the Philippine Civil Service Commission’s (CSC) Honor Awards Program. The honorees received their awards on November 15 via the Radio Television Malacanang’s Facebook page and YouTube channel and the Civil Service Commission’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.
According to the CSC’s website, the winners are chosen under three awards categories. The Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award recognizes exceptional or extraordinary contributions resulting from an idea or performance that had a nationwide impact on public interest, security, and inheritance. The CSC Pagasa Award is given to an individual or group for outstanding contributions that directly benefit more than one government department. Finally, the Dangal ng Bayan Award is given to an individual for exemplary ethical behavior in observance of the code of conduct under Republic Act No. 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
Presidential Lingkod Bayan Awardees
All of the 2020 winners of the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award are groups: the Carrageenan Plant Growth Promoter Team of the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI); the Bayawan Aquaculture Team of the City Government of Bayawan, Negros Oriental; and the National Retail Payment System (NRPS) Core Team of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), which was recognized for creating a platform that allowed interoperability of all payment systems, resulting in better services for consumers and spurring the use of payment platforms such as PESONet and InstaPay, which hastened migration to online payments and provided broader financial inclusion for its digital-enabled system.
Two of these awarded teams count UP alumni as members. From the PNRI Carrageenan Plant Growth Promoter Team: Gil Lantican Magsino, University Researcher IV, and Fernando B. Aurigue, Senior Science Research Specialist, graduated from the UPLB College of Agriculture and Graduate School. From the BSP NRPS Core Team: Anna Lissa T. Racines, Bank Officer V and graduate of the UP Diliman College of Business Administration (CBA); Atty. Bridget Rose Millan Mesina-Romero, Bank Officer V, is also a graduate of the UPD CBA and the College of Law. German S. Constantino, Jr., Bank Officer IV, likewise a graduate of the UPD CBA.
Among the individual 2021 recipients of this category of awards are the following UP researchers, faculty, and alumni:
- Dr. Nelly Siababa Aggangan, University Researcher II/Scientist I of the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, UP Los Baños (UPLB);
- Flordeliza Hidalgo Bordey, Deputy Director of the Philippine Rice Research Institute, who graduated from the UP Diliman School of Economics;
- Angel Balisi Encarnacion, Agricultural Center Chief II/Scientist I of the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, who graduated from the UP Visayas College of Fisheries;
- Dr. Gerardo Dizon Legaspi, Director of the UP Manila Philippine General Hospital; and,
- Dr. Rose Marie Rosete Liquete, Executive Director of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, graduated from the UP Diliman College of Arts and Sciences and the UP Manila College of Medicine.
CSC Pagasa and Dangal ng Bayan Awardees
The UP alumni who are among the 2021 CSC Pagasa awardees are Prof. Ambrose Hans Guiyab Aggabao of Isabela State University, who earned his doctorate in Education degree from the UP College of Education; and Dr. Ester Battad Flores, Supervising Science Research Specialist/Scientist I of the Philippine Carabao Center, who graduated from the UPLB College of Veterinary Medicine.
Four groups also received the 2021 CSC Pagasa awards, with two of these groups counting UP alumni as members. The UP alumni who are members of the COVID-19 Crisis Management Team of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI), one of the Pagasa awards recipients, are Dr. Romina R. Angangco-Danguilan, team leader and Deputy Executive Director of the NKTI, who graduated from the UP Manila College of Arts and Science and College of Medicine; Dr. Nerissa V. Mendoza-Gerial, Deputy Executive Director of the NKTI, who graduated from the UP Manila College of Public Health; and, Dr. Glenda Eleanor L. Pinga-Pamugas, NKTI Medical Specialist who took her pre-medicine course at the UP Diliman College of Science.
The other group-recipient of the CSC Pagasa award that counts UP alumni as members is the Technology Commercialization Team of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), Department of Science and Technology, Los Baños, Laguna. The team is composed of Noel A. Catibog, team leader and Chief Science Research Specialist at PCAARRD, who graduated from the UPLB College of Agriculture and Graduate School; Dr. Reynaldo V. Ebora, PCAARRD Executive Director who also graduated from the UPLB CA and Graduate School; and, Abigail B. Flores-Gueco, PCAARRD Senior Science Research Specialist who earned her degrees from the UPLB College of Economics and Management and Graduate School.
Completing the list, and recognized with the 2021 Dangal ng Bayan Award for his exemplary ethical behavior, is Dr. Jose Jonas Diño del Rosario, Medical Specialist and Coordinator for Public Affairs of the UP Philippine General Hospital.
With reports from Nelson Carandang and Lyzete Balinhawang, UP Office of Alumni Relations