ONE hundred twelve employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the City of San Fernando were commended for their exemplary performance and significant contribution to the efficient and successful delivery of environmental programs to the public.

Paquito Moreno Jr., executive director of DENR regional office, praised the dedication and commitment of the awardees to serve the people as model servant-heroes who embodied values of responsibility, good governance and nationalism.

“We enter public service knowing deeply that public trust that must not be broken. We salute you and honor your hard work, knowing that you do not do your job in exchange of any reward, but you do it because you have a servant’s heart,” Moreno said, adding that these employee models could inspire other personnel to do their best to provide fast and efficient service to the people.

For his part, Civil Service Commission (CSC)-Central Luzon Director Fernando Mendoza lauded the DENR for recognizing its model employees, noting that ceremonies like this were fundamental in boosting the morale and productivity of its human resources.

Ninety-two employees who tendered 15 to 45 years of service to the department received certificate of recognition, excellence recognition pin and cash, while special awards were given to 20 employees who obtained professional certification and finished their post-graduate studies.

A simultaneous awarding program was done along with the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices via Zoom video conferencing.

The annual awarding ceremony is part of the Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (Praise), which was designed to encourage creativity, innovativeness, efficiency, integrity, and productivity in the public service by recognizing and rewarding officials and employees.