Cebu Normal University (CNU) recognized 20 loyalty awardees this year in celebration of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) month which acknowledges the role of digital technology in public service. 

The CNU CSC Month Celebration Awarding and Closing Ceremony was held virtually and was live-streamed last October 2, 2020, at the CNU Facebook page.  

The awardees consisted of: three Gold Loyalty Awardees – including the University President, Dr. Filomena Dayagbil – who spent 30 years in public service; three Silver Loyalty Awardees who spent 20 to 25 years; and 14 Bronze Awardees who spent 10 to 15 years in the government service.

CNU Vice President for Administration Dr. Floriza Laplap said that CSC month is a time when the University workforce celebrates the wisdom in making the right choice of becoming civil servants in the institution and is therefore the perfect opportunity to give these wise workers due recognition for their service.  

The 2020 CNU Loyalty Awardees are as follows: 

Gold Loyalty Awardees (30 years in service) 
1. Dr. Filomena T. Dayagbil
2. Mrs. Naila Y. Beltran 
3. Dr. Ma. Fe Y. Gocotano 

Silver Loyalty Awardees (25 years in service)
1. Dr. Romeo S. Macan
2. Mrs. Portia T. Ruben

Silver Loyalty Awardee (20 years in service)
1. Mr. Gerome L. Lasala 

Bronze Loyalty Awardees (15 years in service)
1. Dr. Monique E. Cordova
2. Mr. Jude P. Gelig
3. Dr. Rodin M. Paspasan
4. Dr. Glenn L. Velmone 
5. Dr. Grace N. Malaga 
6. Dr. Roselle J. Ranario 
7. Mr. Joseph O. Basilisco 

Bronze Loyalty Awardees (10 years in service)
1. Mr. Renato I. Alfeche 
2. Mr. Omar D. Roma
3. Dr. Jose Mari Louis G. Alforque 
4. Mr. Jake Cañeda 
5. Dr. Geronimo S. Obaob Jr. 
6. Dr. Emiliano Ian B. Susuon II
7. Mrs. Ma. Divina D. Torrejos  

The awardees were given e-certificates during the virtual ceremony and will be given a pin that corresponds to their distinction.  

The theme for the CSC month celebration this year is, “Philippine Civil Service @120: Public Sector in the Age of Digital Transformation.”

CSC Regional Office VII Director IV, Carlos Evangelista, said that the commission recognizes that public service has to remain competitive and responsive enough to meet the evolving needs of the clientele in this age of technology.

Evangelista was invited as the speaker of the ceremony and talked about Strengthening Civil Service in the New Normal where he shared the different actions CSC has conducted to aid civil servants in this time of pandemic such as creating memorandums in the authorization of online recruitment and selection processes, alternative work arrangements and support mechanisms of the workers in the government during the period of enhanced community quarantine among others.
Lapa said that despite the challenges of the new normal, civil servants continue to uphold quality public service by looking for ways to innovate to meet the demands of clients as key players in this age of digital transformation.

Dr. Ma. Fe Gocotano, Professor IV, and College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Guidance Counselor, gave words of inspiration as one of the Gold Loyalty awardees who served 30 years in CNU.

She shared that acceptance of responsibility, respect for students, and passion for the profession are the three things that could summarize all she has learned during her stay in the University.

Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Dr. Daisy Palompon closed the awarding ceremony by thanking all the awardees and civil servants for sharing their extra time and unselfish service which helped the University attain its level of success. 

“In this time of pandemic, we have many silent heroes in the University who volunteered their time and resources to allow the orderly operations of the University and to cater to the needs of our students and clients despite the risks involved,” she said.  

She also motivated all workers to continue to be faithful to their pledge of service and to elevate the name of CNU in every word and gesture.  

A full copy of the CNU CSC Month Celebration Awarding and Closing Ceremony can also be viewed at the official YouTube channel of the University. (JDF)