The month of September is declared as celebration of Civil Service Month in Celebration pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1050, series of 1997.
In support to such observance, the DENR XI through its Administrative Division’s Personnel Section held its 2nd year of digital photo contest in accordance to the celebration’s theme: “Transforming Public Service in the Next Decade: Honing Agile and Future -Ready Servant Heroes”.
Through the entries’ snapshots, it aims to demonstrate the footpath the civil servants has to take to improve public service, modifying public assistance in relation to adopting to last year’s upgrading efforts in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Remember, our fears during these challenging times are valid, but we have to keep going, as Civil Servants, pandemic or not, we will always be accountable to our clients.” Assistant Regional Director for Management Services- Atty. Ma.Mercedes V. Dumagan said during her opening remarks.
This year’s winning entry is entitled "PUBLIC SERVICE AMIDST THE ATROCITIES OF A PANDEMIC" a snap from Clint Michael B. Cleofe of the Office of Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary, PENRO Davao Oriental in which he captioned:
"A blossoming DENR personnel catering the needs of a client on Land matters during the last few hours of office even amidst the strict quarantine measures caused by the pandemic. A future leader willing to take risks in the ultimate aim to provide service to the Filipino people."
Meanwhile, other entries who also bagged the winning posts were Efraim G. Calma of PENRO Davao del Sur as 1st runner-up, Orlando S. Ang from PENRO Davao Occidental as 2nd runner-up and Cyrian Anthony S. Durban from PENRO Davao del Norte as 3rd runner-up.
Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services- Victor C. Billones lauded the contestants’ dedication and efforts in showcasing their photography skills. In his words, the ARED emphasized “...To share the experience and the inspiration we gained with our colleagues and clients as well. Hoping that this will bring change for the better as we are trying to prove that we are agile and future-ready servant-heroes.”