December 5, 2022

The National Library of the Philippines, Public Library Division, (NLP-PLD) has awarded second prize to Baguio City Public Library officer-in-charge Easter Wahayna Pablo in this year’s prestigious Search for Gawad Parangal sa Natatanging Propesyonal na Tagapangasiwa sa Pampublikong Aklatan.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong was informed recently of Pablo’s feat in a letter by NLP-PLD Chief Blesila Velasco.
“It is an honor to work with professionals of high caliber whose hard work and dedication produce superb results,” Velasco said in the letter.
During the management committee meeting on July 6 at Baguio Convention Center, Magalong congratulated Pablo for her achievement that he said not only brings honor to herself and her family but to the entire city as well.
The city council is also expected to pass a resolution commending the OIC city librarian in its next regular session.
Velasco invited Magalong and Pablo to the virtual awarding ceremonies on Aug. 25 during the 1st ASEAN Virtual Regional Conference of Public Librarians where the latter will be receiving a plaque of recognition and medal.
It is the first time for a public librarian from the city and the Cordillera to receive the prestigious award.
A graduate of Bachelor of Science in Education major in Library Science from St. Louis University, Pablo also has a Master’s degree in Library and Information Technology, a cum laude from the same institution; and a Master’s in Public Administration from Benguet State University.
She garnered fourth place in the 1999 Board examination for professional librarians and is a registered librarian and licensed professional teacher.
Pablo has been with the city government for more than 20 years and the Baguio City Public Library OIC since September last year.
Pre-Covid-19 pandemic programs and services she initiated include school-based reading programs, barangay visits for the establishment of a reading center, in-house library orientations, and research for the library’s modernization.
Those she spearheaded during the pandemic are the Public Library Virtual Reference Assistance; online library and information services month activities, online contests and trivia, book drive for reading centers in far-flung areas in collaboration with Project 360, book lover’s club, and support to the city’s pandemic efforts.
Pablo is inviting the public to like and follow the Baguio City Public Library Facebook page for any latest information and updates. – Gaby B. Keith