The Government Service Insurance System branch in Dumaguete City told its 21,300 active members and more than 7,900 pensioners in Negros Oriental and Siquijor that it has received the prestigious Seal of Excellence Award from the Civil Service Commission.
Branch head Mercy Enriquez said the award is a recognition of efforts towards improving the services of the agency under the CSC's Anti-Red Tape Act, implemented by not only the Dumaguete branch but by 25 other branches all over the country that made it to the elite circle of awardees this year.
The GSIS Dumaguete ranked 6 th with 94.27 percent in the Seal of Excellence award for 2014, while the Laoag and La Union branches were the first offices to make it as awardees for 2015.
For the past three years and seven months, Enriquez has fully implemented programs of the agency in line with its vision to be member-focus and transparent with its undertakings and dealings with the public.
Awardees each received a wall-mountable glass seal and P100,000 in cash reward to be used for further improvement of their frontline services. The Dumaguete branch decided to use the amount to acquire a furniture set at the lobby for the comfort and convenience of its clients.
Meanwhile, the national government agencies in Negros Oriental have decided to organize themselves into an association for closer inter-agency coordination and collaboration on matters that affect their offices.
The Government Agencies' Association of Negros Oriental, or GAANO, is headed by Enriquez as its first president.
Elected as vice president (external) is Salustiano Jimenez, assistant regional director of the Department of Education-Negros Island Region; VP (internal) Gina Crusio of the CSC; secretary Ofelia Hermosa, treasurer Marites Que of PhilHealth, auditor is Ariel Florendo of the Philippine Statistics Authority, and public relations officer is Jenny Tilos of the Philippine Information Agency.
The members of the Board of Directors are Lany Cabrera, division superintendent of schools of DepEd in Negros Oriental, Dr. Socrates Villamor - provincial team leader of the Department of Health, Bernard Ysulan of the Tanjay City DepEd, Almarie Calibo – Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Alfredo Tolentino - Bureau of Internal Revenue, Lynlee-Lu Dato, water district general manager Esperatu Dicen, and Eduardo Ompad of DepEd.
The group plans to hold a region-wide bloodletting activity, with the government workers as donors. Enriquez said it is tying up with the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital for the planned blood donation project as part of its social responsibility.*JG
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