April 14, 2024

Outstanding government workers in Cordillera for 2023 were recognized during the awards rites at the Ceremonial Hall in Malacañan Palace on Feb. 14.

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. led the awarding of public service exemplars who have displayed outstanding work performance and ethical behavior.

Dangal ng Bayan awardees were Eleonor Bugalin Ayan, Nutritionist-Dietitian III of Department of Social Welfare and Development-CAR for her dedication to duty and spearheading social, medical, and economic programs focused on addressing the needs of disadvantaged children under the care of the DSWD Child Development Centers;

Mary Hazel Brigola Ballena, principal II of DepEd Schools Division of Abra  for her earnestness in winning the battle against illiteracy, non-numeracy and malnutrition via evidence-based, innovative and creative solutions developed to address gaps found in learners’ written works and performance; and

Bernardo Talla Cadaon Jr., Social Welfare Officer I of DSWD-CAR for upholding public interest exemplified in his best practices in social welfare, which improve the efficiency of the Cordillera Administrative Region Rehabilitation Center for the Youth.

Each awardee received a trophy, a gold-gilded medallion crafted and sponsored by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, and P200,000 in cash. They are also entitled to automatic promotion to the next position or an automatic salary increase.

Also conferred with the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award is the Baguio-led contact tracing team led by Dr. Donnabel Panes with members Maximo Sumeg-ang Jr., Mischelle Junio, and Jefferson Damoslog.

The team was awarded for their prompt, proactive, and collaborative approach in the management of the Covid-19 pandemic in the City of Baguio through the creation of the Baguio Retooled Contact Tracing System.

“Their persistent effort in making a sustainable and collaborative contact tracing system has inspired other LGUs from Ilocos Region to Zamboanga to follow through,” reads the citation.

The team received a gold-gilded medallion and a Presidential plaque.

Each member also received P100,000 cash reward and an automatic promotion to the next higher position or an equivalent salary increase. – PIA-CAR