CEBU CITY, Feb. 26 Cebu City Civil Registrar Evangeline Abatayo, a lawyer who is still single at 49 and has so far dedicated 22 years of her life in government service, led the awardees in the 75th Cebu City Charter Day celebration.
Abatayo received P50,000 in cash and a plaque as Cebu City governments outstanding department head.
I dedicate this to my fellow department heads who have sacrificed a lot for the constituents of Cebu City. Service is its own reward, said Abatayo upon receiving her award.
She was first awarded in 2000 as outstanding assistant department head when she was with the Cebu City Legal Office.
She made people laugh when she described her job: This is my vocation. This is my marriage.
She urged other government employees to work hard and have the patience to wait for their turn to be recognized.
Elpidio Danilo Cortez of the Budget Office has his share of waiting.
Eugene Elizalde, chairperson for the programs, rewards, awards and incentives for service excellence (Praise), made an example of Cortez when he urged City Hall employees not to surrender.
Cortez was nominated for an award last year but did not succeed. He applied for a promotion but his application was not granted.
This year, though, Cortezs perseverance and good work ethic paid off. He was named one of the outstanding section chiefs, taking home P30,000 and a plaque.
Awarded in the same categories were Giovanni Romarate of the Cebu City Zoo, Dr. Ilya Tac-an of the City Health Department, and Rey Cris Panugaling of the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).
This is the third award, in three consecutive years, for Romarate. He credits his award to effort and teamwork. It was his idea that the City Zoo staff give visitors background information on animals in the sanctuary.
Dr. Lee James Maratas received the mayors special award and went home with P20,000. This was Maratas second award in two years.
Harold Alcontin of the Management Information and Computer System (MICS) receive two awards in one night. He took home P40,000 after bagging the mayors special award and being named one of eight outstanding rank-and file employees.
Alcontins award came after he realized the hazards of the job. He was sued, along with the mayor and two department heads, for the clearing operations in Mahiga Creek.
Secretary to the Mayor Belinda Navascues moved the audience to tears when she shared her departed fathers wish that at least one of his children serve the government. Navascuess father was a soldier in World War II and almost lost his life in the Bataan Death March.
Navascues worked in the private sector for 30 years before giving government a try.
In 2000, Navascues was awarded outstanding City Hall employee. She said she made her father proud.
Dr. Gloria Duterte was teary-eyed when she accepted the award for CCMC as outstanding department.
In 50 years, this is the first time we got this award. Rest assured, we will justify your trust, said Duterte, CCMC chief.
Amid the criticisms the hospital got, Duterte believes it can perform better.
Other Charter Day awardees are: For rank-and file employees: Mark Jason Tirol, Corsina Bañez, Prescilla Rostrillo, Virgilio Cabahug, Dr. Avelina Ruiz, Francisco Gica and Ridolito Ybanez.
Mayors special awards were given to Dr. Lee James Maratas, Guillermo Alviola, Graciano Lauron, Judith Canbardo, May Grace Tiocson, Grace Silin, Racquel Arce, Allan Bautista, Cinbeth Aurelian and Fidel Magno.
Outstanding division chief: Florito Dugaduga, Juanita Paires and Engineer Jason Bongcales. (PNA) scs/EB/gb