LEGAZPI CITY, March 6 (PNA)-- The Department of Social Welfare and Department (DSWD) in Bicol has recognized its outstanding and loyal employees in the region whose work exemplified “compassion and change towards progress” during the agency’s 66th founding anniversary.
Arnel Garcia, director of DSWD-Bicol, in an interview, said the outstanding employee, who was recognized through the “Gawad Huwaran, was chosen for adherence to DSWD’s three core competencies of commitment to credible public service, delivery of excellent results and personal effectiveness.
Racquel P. Borromeo of Mobo, Masbate Municipal Social Welfare and Development office was awarded the “Gawad Huwaran” during the anniversary celebration.
Aside from Borromeo, seven other employees in the region were also given the “Gawad Kalihim” award for “their being a source of inspiration and motivation for other employees to emulate.”
Garcia said the employees who rendered excellent performance and gave from 10 to 45 years of dedicated service to the government were recognized through the “Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence or PRAISE Award” and Loyalty Awards.
He said DSWD-Bicol gave 13 loyalty awards for those with permanent positions and nine loyalty awards for contractual employees.
Garcia added that in the national level, DSWD-Bicol was also given a first place citation among other regions as the “Best Crisis Intervention Unit.”
"This award recognizes the delivery of timely and appropriate direct financial benefits to indigent people, including their hospitalization bills, burial and transportation for those who wish to return to their provinces," he said.
Garcia said DSWD-Bicol was given first place honors among other regions for its “timely and compassionate service” as a disaster responder.
“This award was known as ‘Tatak Maagap at Mapagkalingang Serbisyo sa Larangan ng Disaster Response,” he said.
He thanked DSWD-Bicol’s partners composed of the national government agencies, civil society organizations, nongovernment organizations, private sector and volunteers without whom the agency could not fully deliver “prompt and compassionate service especially to the marginalized sectors."
The awards ceremony was held on February 28 at the Legazpi City Convention Center here. (PNA) FPV/GVR/CBD/EDS