San Fernando City – The Department of Education Regional Office 1 was conferred with the Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME- HRM) Bronze Award by the Civil Service Commission Regional Office 1 (CSC RO 1).

DepEd RO 1 and another awardee, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Regional Office 1, obtained the Maturity Level II in the core processes of recruitment, selection and placement, performance management, learning and development, and rewards and recognition.

“These agencies have migrated from being transactional to being process-defined in the four HRM areas,” CSC Director Hedy Jose Lardizabal said in his message.

The awarding was one of the highlights during the 2021 Regional Recognition and Awards Rites held on November 18, 2021, at the National Educators’ Academy of the Philippines, San Fernando City.

“The human complement should always be considered the best resource, we have to protect their interests from recruitment to selection to rewarding to recognition and in between, we should prioritize the continuous learning and development and their performance management,” Director Tolentino G. Aquino said in his message.

He added, “to our dependable workforce in the regional office, this is a responsibility in the guise of a recognition, the Bronze Award we received compels us to do more and to serve better.”

RO personnel, teachers recognized in the HAP

One of the outstanding non-teaching personnel for this year, Federico A. Flores, was recognized at the regional level as Dangal ng Bayan in CSC’s Honor Awards Program.

Flores, an Administrative Aide I in the regional office, is regarded as hardworking, committed, industrious, responsible, friendly, family-oriented, humble, and God-fearing.

Performing his work diligently and doing other works beyond his job description without complaint or resentment makes him worthy of the said award.

Meanwhile, three teachers from the division offices received Pagasa ng Bayan awards.
Master Teacher I Manuel P. Catalan serves as a mobile teacher for the Alternative Learning System in Alcala Central School in Pangasinan.

His resourcefulness and proactive nature enabled him to establish linkages and reach out to the out-of-school youth, eventually uplifting their lives by providing quality education.

Master Teacher II Rio D. de Vera, the Brigada Eskwela Coordinator of Dumpay National High School, also in Pangasinan contributed to the beautification and improvement of their school by initiating Bayanihan among her colleagues.

More importantly, she has donated four months of her salary and raised money to help the poor families from 13 barangays in Basista town during the pandemic.

Teacher III Marjorie T. Felipe from San Esteban Elementary School in Dingras, Ilocos Norte initiated projects and activities geared at empowering the youth and generating funds to buy school supplies for students.

For this year, Mayor Francisco Angelito L. Fontanilla of Bacnotan town in La Union received the Presidential Ligkod Bayan award.

A total of seven civil servants were conferred with the Dangal ng Bayan and nine individuals and group of individuals with the CSC PAGASA award.

“These people have proven that despite the enormous difficulties, challenges, and adversities we have faced and continue to face, they stand tall and create a niche for themselves by creating big impactful steps towards the destiny of greatness,” Director Lardizabal said.

Other DepEd teachers win photo, songwriting contests

The photo, of Julius Allan A. Navelgas of Agno National High School, depicting the love and sacrifices of a teacher in bringing the modules to a far-flung area, was recognized as the first place in the 121st Philippine Civil Service Anniversary photo contest.

The “Beyond the Four Corners” photo entry of Marianne D. Soriano of Pangasinan National High School landed her in the second spot for the regional level and first place at the national level.

Meanwhile Alexander R. Retamal of Sinait National High School is third place for his entry “Tiklop”.

Lastly, Nedel Nixxie Lorraine C. Libunao of Aringay National High School’s “Isang Bayani” was second place in the CSC Songwriting contest. #

By: Joanna Diaz-Sabado