by Pamela R. Babalcon

The National Conciliation and Mediation Board joined the Civil Service Commission (CSC) in celebrating 119 years of civil service. The celebration commenced on September 2, 2019 with a flag-raising ceremony.

With the theme “Civil Service at 119: Upholding Integrity and Building a High-Trust Society,” this year’s celebration aims to seek and ensure an efficient, and people-centered governance.

“This event is meant to remind us to improve oneself and the quality of service to benefit the Filipino people,” said NCMB Dir. Gemma Poloyapoy. “With this in mind, we held learning sessions which would update our employees on new laws and policies so that they can serve our clients better,” she added.

Dr. Michieko Malou Modesto of the Social Security System talked on the expanded maternity law stressing on the difference between the old versus the new law. “The new maternity leave law is very parent-friendly,” she said. “Clearly, the government is taking strides to make it clear that rearing healthy families is a primary concern and that raising children should be a shared responsibility of both women and men,” she emphasized.

National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) Regional Director Eustacio Bacabac also held an orientation on Executive Order No. 70 or the Whole-of-Nation Approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace. It is a part of an intensified awareness campaign in all government agencies/instrumentalities on the government’s call of action regarding the creation of a National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) and the adoption of a national peace framework.

“When we say Whole-of-Nation approach, all other stakeholders, not only the military and the police, not only those in the government, but including those in the community are included in this mission,” said Dir. Bacabac. “This initiative addresses the root causes of insurgencies and it is important that government agencies will be able to identify projects, programs, and activities that are responsive to our objectives,” he added.

According to Bacabac, it is hoped that this activity will lead towards a better understanding in successfully performing each agency’s role pertaining to EO 70.