PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday honored this year’s outstanding public officials and employees, including a female fire officer who responded to the call of duty in the face of tragedy.
In a ceremony in Malacañang, Aquino awarded the Presidential Lingkod Bayan, Dangal ng Bayan and Pag-asa awards to 28 exceptional individuals and two groups.
Among the awardees is Trixie Dagame, Fire Officer II of the Bureau of Fire Protection Regional Office No. 8 in Tacloban City.
Dagame received the Dangal ng Bayan Award, which is conferred to an individual for performing extraordinary act or public service.
Aquino praised Dagame for being true to her mandate during the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda in 2013 even if her two children were among the fatalities.
Dagame and other Dangal ng Bayan awardees received a trophy designed by National Artist for Sculpture Napoleon Abueva and a cash prize of P200,000.
Aside form Dagame, the other recipients of the Dangal ng Bayan Award were Scientists Arsenio Ella of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Mario Navasero of the University of the Philippines (UP) in Los Baños, Laguna; medical technologist Lilibeth Martin of the Abra Provincial Health Office; leading cybercrime advocate Gilbert Sosa of the Philippine National Police; program supervisor Menia Alvidera of the Department of Education (DepEd) Division in Roxas City, Capiz; Maria Daisy Bercede of the Commission on Audit in Cebu City; Vivencio Claros of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology; truck driver Roy Esteron of the National Food Authority Quirino Provincial Office; information officer Juvy Gaton of the Department of Agriculture Regional Office in Iloilo City; and director Jo Anne Haber of the Office of the President.
Presented with the Civil Service Commission Pagasa Award were Danny Cachola, principal of Matucay Elementary School in Allacapan, Cagayan; teacher Jinglebert Collado of the DepEd in Tagum, Davao del Norte; Gloria dela Cruz of the Philippine Carabao Center in La Union; Virgilio Fuertes of DOST Regional Office in Cagayan de Oro City; associate professor Eunice Layugan of the Cagayan State University in Aparri, Cagayan; Luz Marcelino, chief science research specialist of the Department of Agriculture Regional Office in Pili, Camarines Sur; and Albert Ramos, senior facility technician of the Plaridel Water District in Bulacan; Ernesto Rivera, information technology officer of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation; Mary Anne Timbreza, civil registrar of the municipal government of Tayum, Poblacion Tayum in Abra; the Commission on Elections-ITD iREHISTRO Team; and Office for Agricultural Services (Rice Group) of the provincial government of Kalinga in Tabuk City.