THREE Cordillerans who exemplified excellence in public service were recently declared by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) as Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award finalists.

Among the finalists is Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan, Benguet State University professor Belinda Tad-awan, and Baguio City National High School teacher Vilma Ambat.

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Another finalist for the Lingkod Bayan award is the "Trees for Books/Books for Trees" project of the Regional Public Affairs Office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Cordillera Administrative Region.

The Lingkod Bayan award is conferred on an individual or group of individuals for extraordinary contributions resulting from an idea or performance, which had nationwide impact on public interest, security and patrimony.

In the Lingkod Bayan award category Fongwan, Tad-awan and Ambat will be competing with 21 other finalists from other parts of the country.

Other awards to be given by the CSC include the Dangal ng Bayan and Pag-asa awards.

The Pagasa award is conferred on an individual or group of individuals for outstanding contributions resulting from an idea or performance, which directly benefit more than one department of government.

The Dangal ng Bayan award, meanwhile, is given to an individual for performance of extraordinary act or public service and consistent demonstration of exemplary ethical behavior on the basis of his or her observance of the eight norms of behavior under Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

The CSC requests any information, whether positive or negative, on any of the Search's semi-finalists of the 2010 Presidential Lingkod Bayan, Dangal ng Bayan and CSC Pagasa Awards until July 31.

Feedback may be coursed through telephone numbers (02)931-7993, (02)932-0381, (02)932-0111 and (02)932-0179, or CSC cellphone hotline 0917-8398272 and e-mail addresses hap@webmail.csc.gov.ph and hapsecretariat@yahoo.com.

The CSC assures the public all information received will be kept confidential.