13 November 2021 - He charted and carried out a visionary course for the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) as a premier institution for medical service, training, and research. During his watch, the PGH computerized its systems, processes, and services; established the Pay Hospital; launched the University of the Philippines (UP) Varsity Wellness Program; completed the UP-PGH Access Hub as a Center for Children with Disabilities; and increased investments in research. His leadership and response to the pandemic is unparalleled as he remained at the frontline along with the rest of PGH’s Crisis Team in protecting the welfare of medical and non-medical staff, delivering the highest level of service to reassure the public of the hospital’s unwavering commitment to quality care, and increasing public confidence in vaccines.
Dr. Gerardo D. Legaspi, Director IV of the UP-PGH is one of this year’s recipients of the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award. He will be recognized, along with 2020 and 2021 awardees of the Search for Outstanding Government Workers, in a virtual awards ceremony to be aired on 15 November at 2 p.m. via the Radio Television Malacanang's Facebook page and YouTube channel, and the Civil Service Commission’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.
The Presidential Lingkod Bayan is a recognition given to an individual or group for exceptional or extraordinary contributions resulting from an idea or performance that had nationwide impact on public interest, security, and patrimony. Awardees will receive a gold-gilded medallion expertly crafted by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, a Presidential plaque containing the citation and signature of the President of the Philippines, and a cash prize.
The 2021 recipients of the Presidential Lingkod Bayan are University Researcher II/Scientist I Nelly Siababa Aggangan of the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of the Philippines Los Baños; Deputy Executive Director IV Flordeliza Hidalgo Bordey of the Philippine Rice Research Institute; Director III Rey Mancera Cueva of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority- Agusan del Norte Provincial Office; Police Chief PGEN Guillermo Lorenzo Tolentino Eleazar of the Philippine National Police; Agricultural Center Chief II/Scientist I Angel Balisi Encarnacion of the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Tuguegarao City, Cagayan; Executive Director IV Dr. Rose Marie Rosete Liquete of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Quezon City; the Hope Behind Bars Project of the Bataan Peninsula State University; and the Outpatient Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.
Another awardee is the COVID-19 Crisis Management Team of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI), who will receive the CSC Pagasa Award, which is conferred on an individual or group of individuals for outstanding contributions that directly benefit more than one department of the government.
They will be recognized for their proactive and innovative response in providing medical services to COVID-19 infected patients. Their Emergency Room personnel were trained to strictly follow the protocols at every stage of patient care that led to diagnostic accuracy, resulting in faster patient care and response. This systematic approach enabled NKTI to accommodate all cases brought to them, even those referred by other facilities. The team is also credited for administering hemoperfusion as treatment for patients with severe to critical COVID-19, which reduced mortality rate from 32% to having 54% chance of survival.
The 2021 CSC Pagasa awardees Professor VI Ambrose Hans Guiyab Aggabao of Isabela State University; Supervising Science Research Specialist/Scientist I Dr. Ester Battad Flores of the Philippine Carabao Center; Supervising Tourism Operations Officer Carmel Bonifacio Garcia of the Provincial Government of Catanduanes; Master Teacher I Hadjuria Cornelio Gonzales of Tagabakid Elementary School in Mati City, Davao Oriental; Jobscouts: Pathfinders of Employment Opportunities of the City Government of Tagum, Davao del Norte; and Technology Commercialization Team of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development, Department of Science and Technology, Los Baños, Laguna.
Another COVID-19 pandemic hero, Medical Technologist I Lucia Jacinta S. Benter of La Trinidad, Benguet, will be conferred the Dangal ng Bayan for ensuring effective pandemic management through extensive swabbing and contact tracing activities. She was on-call to conduct swab tests on both the living and the dead, under heavy rains or extreme heat, trudging difficult terrains even during holidays and weekends. At the onset of the pandemic, she single-handedly swabbed 2,018 patients in a span of six months. Aside from swabbing, she also performs laboratory services as the lone medical technologist of the municipality.
The Outstanding Public Officials and Employees or Dangal ng Bayan Award is conferred to an individual for performance of extraordinary act or public service and consistent demonstration of exemplary ethical behavior on the basis of the employee’s observation of the eight norms of conduct provided under Republic Act No. 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
The 2021 awardees of the Dangal ng Bayan are Administrative Aide I John Laumoc Alcazarin of the Municipal Government of Numancia, Aklan; Administrative Aide VI Anthony Durante Atas of Commission on Audit-Regional Office I, San Fernando City, La Union; Instructor I Don Sean Arvie Valenzuela Buencamino of Aurora State College of Technology in Baler, Aurora; Master Teacher I Ma. Theresa Hermoso Criste of DepEd-Schools Division of Cavite; Medical Specialist III Dr. Jose Jonas Diño del Rosario of the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital; Teacher II Sherwyne Tubal Manlangit of Cagraray Elementary School in Bato, Catanduanes; Administrative Aide III Aquilino Ronquillo Mapili Jr. of the Municipal Government of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro; Education Program Specialist II Markson Bosquillos Mejia of DepEd-Schools Division of Sorsogon City; and Head Teacher III Analyn Climaco Perez of Dina-ut Elementary School in Altavas, Aklan.
The full list of the 2020 and 2021 awardees of the Search for Outstanding Government Workers may be accessed from the CSC website.