Phil Civil Service 114th Anniversary – Passion, Dedication and Tradition keep servant heroes going despite odds
Civil servants in Northern Mindanao celebrated the 114th Anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service with a stint at the Philippine Information Agency Region 10’s program “Talakayan sa PIA” at the PIA-10 office Monday, September 8, 2014.
With the theme, “Tapat na Serbisyo, Alay Ko, Dahil Lingkod Bayani Ako,” the two hour program featured seven civil servants from the national government’s various regional offices.
Asked what kept them from being lured away to the private sector or overseas where many of their peers had already transferred due to the higher income and other benefits, those present said they persisted in the civil service due to dedication to their country, family tradition and passion for their work.
“My father was a police detective and my mother was a school teacher,” said Atty. Rene K. Burdeos, regional director, DILG-X. “It was a natural thing for me to follow in their footsteps,” he added, now being on his 39th year in the civil service.
“It’s about passion for your work,” said Mary Grace Sta. Elena, regional information officer of DA-10. “We don’t work only overtime but 24/7, but because we love what we are doing, we don’t really mind we’re not getting paid like the private sector. Doing our job well is fulfillment itself.”
Angelina B. Buaron; education program supervisor, DepEd-10, echoed a similar sentiment.
“A teacher could go through many difficulties in their work but nothing can repay the fulfillment you get when you can see a person change for the better and know you contributed something to making him a better person,” she observed.
However, Roy Roque Agcopra, chief administration officer, CHED-10, said many candidates now applying for a position in their agency don’t seem to be as committed.
“When I ask them why they are applying with us, they tell me it’s because the competition for jobs in the private sector is so fierce and intense,” Agcopra said, adding many of those who apply with CHED are professionals like licensed engineers, teachers and lawyers. “Then I admonish them and ask them why they think the competition for qualified candidates in the civil service shouldn’t adhere to the same standards as the private sector.”
Despite the heavy work load which often requires them to work overtime and seven days a week, Philhealth Cagayan de Oro Head Marlon Niño Arrabaca said the balance of quality time between his family and his career was another key factor which attracted and kept him working in the public service.
“Although we sometimes have to work overtime or during weekends, I still believe a career in government offers me more time with my family and for my other interests compared to the private sector,” he said. “This is one of the main reasons why I have remained with the civil service.”
The stint with Talakayan sa PIA is but one of the activities the Civil Service Commission Regional Office 10 (CSC RO-10) has lined up for its 114th anniversary, said CSC RO-10 Regional Director Adams D. Torres.
“For this year’s Talakayan, we have invited as guests some directors and heads of government agencies to talk about their respective programs and accomplishments,” he said. “As titular heads of their respective agencies, they are our role models in the public service and our leading candidates as servant heroes.”