SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — Hundreds of government employees representing the 13 local government units (LGUs) in Zambales and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) converged in this Freeport on Friday for the 116th anniversary celebration of the Philippine Civil Service.
With the theme, “Sigaw ng Lingkod Bayani: Malasakit para sa Taumbayan, Kapwa Kawani, at Kalikasan”,this year’s celebration kicked off with a fun walk at the Boardwalk Area, followed by a tree-planting activity led by Commission on Civil Service (CSC) Zambales Director Maria Cristina Gonzales, SBMA Deputy Administrator Ruel John Kabigting, and Zambales Vice Gov. Angel Magsaysay.
To the delight of the participants, Vice Gov. Magsaysay personally scooped hot arroz caldo for everyone’s snack after the field events.
During the program, Kabigting welcomed the Zambales delegates to what he called the fount of economic progress and showcase of civil service excellence in the region.
“We are honored to welcome you to Subic Bay Freeport, the place where civil servants are united in the essence of public service,” Kabigting said. “We are all here from different government agencies to show that we are committed to serve with malasakit,” he added.
Gonzales explained that the inclusion of malasakit in the theme is a reminder for civil servants to provide quality service to clients with passion and honesty.
“No government service is perfect in its nature. But the public should, somehow, learn to expect a public servant to be reasonable rather than perfect,” she said.
“That is why the government is the one who motivates you,” she told the delegates, pointing out that these may come in terms of higher salaries, better career opportunities, more benefits and more training for personality development.
“While you are seeking the happiness of your clients, the government is seeking ways to give happiness to the employees,” Gonzales added.
Meanwhile, Olongapo City Vice Mayor Jong Cortes called on the government, through the CSC, to start ending contractualization or “endo” in its ranks in order to motivate the private sector to do the same.
Cortes noted that there are still so many employees in government service who are hired under job order (JO) or contract of service (CS), despite their decades of dedicated service in the same position.
“If there is one that should start eradicating the ‘endo’ practice in the labor system, it is the government office. Let us work together to find ways to end 'endo' in the government service,” he urged.
The celebration was concluded with a friendly mini-sports competition and awarding of certificates. (30)
Delegates from various LGUs in Zambales march past the old Spanish Gate in the Subic Bay Freeport, as they participate in a fun walk during the 116th anniversary celebration of the Civil Service Commission on Friday.