Civil servants in the province were reminded to manifest “malasakit” in public service during the kick-off ceremony of the month-long celebration of the 117th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary at the Provincial Capitol Grounds last Sept. 4.
Heads and employees of national and line agencies, provincial and municipal officials and employees gathered at the Virac Cathedral for the thanksgiving mass and actively participated in the parade in Virac poblacion.
This marked the start of the commemoration of the birth of the Philippine Civil Service system in 1900, as well as to celebrate the contributions and hard work of state workers nationwide with the theme “Tugon saHamon ng Pagbabago: Malasakit ng Lingkod Bayan.”
Raymundo Atendido, Director II of Civil Service Commission (CSC) Catanduanes Field Office, said that the celebration’s theme emphasizes the continuing challenge to remind the public servants in manifesting “malasakit” in public service.
He explained that the theme also guided the Catanduanes Council of Human Resource Management Practitioners (CCHRMP) in its meeting last August 11, 2017 to finalize the activities that would be undertaken for the month-long PCSA celebration.
With the reopening of Virac as testing center for the career service examination pen and paper test last Oct. 23, 2016 with 1,898 examinees and this Aug. 6, 2017 with 1,465 examinees, is indeed a proof of their “malasakit” to this island province, he said.
On the other hand, Atendido took the opportunity to invite his fellow civil servants to witness the upcoming blessing and inauguration of their new office building in San Isidro Village. He also asked for their support for the success of the said event.
In her message, Vice Governor Shirley Abundo stressed that it is time for them to raise their standards as public servants.
“If they will really feel the compassion from every civil servant, then maybe they will no longer seek for change… Let us be true to our sworn duty to show real compassion to the people,” Abundo said.
For his part, Governor Joseph Cua said the essence of “malasakit” is putting value to something or placing premium to someone even if it is not ours.
Cua expressed that “malasakit” can truly be seen if every client who comes to their offices especially the less privileged are given attention and concern as if they were their own kin.
“Kung talaganggamalasakitkita, we should forget our individual differences partikularmenteangpolitikanatunaynanakaabalasasatuya,” Cua remarked, adding that they are all called upon to serve.
Moreover, he underscored that they should be clear with their actions and be constantly reminded that it should not be for their personal glory but for the glory and greater benefit of the people and the province.
As part of the month-long celebration, Records Management Seminar-Workshop will be conducted on September 8, followed by the Sports Festival on September 11-15, Community Out Reach Activities on September 14, and Tree Planting and Family Day on September 15.
The celebration will be wrapped up by the R.A.C.E to Serve Fun Run and Culminating Activity on September 22.
The Catanduanes Council of Human Resource Management Practitioners (CCHRMP) in coordination with the Catanduanes Association of Chiefs of Government Offices (CACGO), Provincial Government of Catanduanes and the Civil Service Commission, Provincial Field Office spearhead this year’s celebration.