TAGUM CITY– The efforts exerted by the local chief executive of the capital city of this Southeastern Mindanao province to have a government that is for the people, by the people and of the people, have finally been paid off when the Office of the President and the Philippine Civil Service Commission conferred on Mayor Allan Rellon the 2017 Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award.
Touted to be the highest award ever awarded for government service, the Presidential Lingkod Bayan is given to an individual or group of individuals whose exceptional or extraordinary innovations, inventions, suggestions or superior accomplishments could impact the country with regard to public interest, security and patrimony.
According to Commissioner Leopoldo Valderosa of the Civil Service Commission who gave the award to the city’s chief executive on behalf of President Rodrigo Duterte, Mayor Rellon’s principles, patriotism, dedication to his constituents, as well as his creativity were the defining characteristics that enabled him to qualify for and win the most coveted prize.
It can be recalled that Mayor Rellon spearheaded the implementation of literacy programs such as the Balik Aral sa Selda (BASE Program) for the incarcerated men and women at the Tagum City Jail, the Palengke-Skwelahan designed for the workers at the city’s public market and terminal and the Balik Paaralan Para sa Out-of-School-Youth (BPOSA) while he was still the presiding officer of the Tagum City Council on the account of his being the Vice Mayor.
Since the institutionalization of these programs that are aimed at increasing the literacy rate in the city, these innovations have already benefited more than a thousand people who successfully finished their basic education, thereby contributing to the city’s having a literacy rate that is higher than the national literacy rate.
Meanwhile, the Seryosong Tagumenyo Ayaw Nang Droga (STAND) Program which was implemented in 2016 with the aim at reforming former drug dependents and reintegrating them to the society after completing the program has seen a total of more than 700 persons who have graduated from the program and are now being assisted by the LGU to become significant and useful members of the society.
The conferment of the award was held at the Atrium of the Tagum City Hall on March 5, 2018, before the workforce of the LGU and other audience at the behest of Mayor Rellon as he wanted the Tagumenyos for whom he works religiously to witness the momentous event. Richi Gulle/CIO-Tagum
Mayor Allan Rellon receives the 2017 Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award from Commissioner Leopoldo Valderosa of the Civil Service Commission for his extraordinary contributions and superior accomplishments that have a nationwide impact on public interest, security and patrimony. The award is the highest ever awarded for government service given by the Civil Service Commission. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum
The 2017 Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award, Mayor Allan Rellon takes post with the Tagum City Officials. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum
The 2017 Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award, Mayor Allan Rellon takes post with the Tagum City Department Heads. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum