CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Civil Service Commission recently released the names of individuals and groups that made it as semi-finalists in the upcoming Honor Awards this year.

The Honor Awards Program (HAP) is divided into three categories: the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award, the Pag-asa Award, and the Dangal ng Bayan Award.

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The Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award is being conferred on an individual or group of individuals with extraordinary contributions that had nationwide impact on public interest.

The Pag-asa Award on the other hand, is being conferred on an individual or group of individuals with outstanding contributions that directly benefit more than one department of the government.

The Dangal ng Bayan Award is being conferred to an individual for his/her performance of extraordinary act or public service on the basis of his/her observance of the eight norms of behavior under R.A. 6713, otherwise known as the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

In Central Luzon, 11 of 14 nominations made it as semi-finalists in different categories. These include, for the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award, Pablo Y. Lasprilla, Jr. of Clark Air Base Command (individual category); and Pampanga Agricultural College (group category).

For the Pag-asa Award, Dr. Betzaida B. Banaag of the City Government of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan (individual category); Dr. Priscila G. Tangonan of Tarlac College of Agriculture (individual category); Randy D. Canlas of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (individual category); Ranny D. Magno of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (individual category); The Amazing Sweet Sorghum: Pampanga Agricultural College's Initiative in Promoting and Commercializing its Utilization as Human Food, Animal Feed and Bio-Fuel (group category); and TCA Agroforestation Project (group category).

For the Dangal ng Bayan Award, Trinidad S. Gozun of the Commission on Audit, Regional Office No. III; Carmelita V. Mendoza of the Department of National Defense, Limay, Bataan; and Dr. Honorio M. Soriano, Jr. of Pampanga Agricultural College. (PR)