Presidential Lingkod Bayan Awardees

Kenneth A Bid-ing
Jail Superintendent
Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Regional Office No. I
San Fernando, La Union

For bringing dignity back to prisoners of Dagupan City Jail through humane prison management programs that include the establishment of profitable livelihood endeavors, membership in social security programs and educational initiatives. He also worked for the construction of a jail building equipped with activity and livelihood areas, a clinic, a classroom, and a multi-purpose space, among others amounting Php14.1 million, at no cost to the national government. The trust reposed on Bid-Ing by partners and sponsors attest to his display of transparency, integrity, and delicadeza in the accounting of their contributions.


Dr. Agnes A. Centino
Head, Infectious Diseases Cluster/City Government Assistant
City Government of Gingoog
Misamis Oriental

For the strategic management of Gingoog City’s health care system particularly in Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV cases, actively engaging communities, schools, private institutions, and other stakeholders. His leadership had unprecedented results: Gingoog City was declared Malaria-free in 2017, posted an eight-year 90.37% average in tuberculosis case detection and 96.38% cure rate, integrated HIV awareness programs in school curriculum, and registered significant decline in malnutrition from 12.8% in 2008 to 3.0% in 2018.


Dr. Joselito R. Chavez
Deputy Executive Director IV
National Kidney and Transplant Institute
Diliman, Quezon City

For providing patients afflicted with leptospirosis but who developed pulmonary complications with a second lease on life by championing the use of the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) method. Before ECMO, mortality rate was 100% with current survival at 62.5%. Instead of expensive machine rental, Chavez lobbied for its procurement and attended trainings abroad at his own expense to efficiently assemble, operate, and maintain said devise and ensure return on investment. By devising a system for its efficient use, the institute was able to save Php3.2 million.


Dr. Raul V. Destura
Research Associate Professor 7
University of the Philippines-Manila
Ermita, Manila

For his innovation and breakthroughs in the field of biotechnology, most notable of which is the Biotek-MTM Dengue aquakit, an affordable tool that can diagnose dengue infection in 40 minutes. With his discovery, the country received a Php64 million grant from the United Kingdom for the conduct of further research and was awarded a gold medal in the 46th International Exhibition of Inventions Geneva in Switzerland.


Ricardo F. Orge
Supervising Science Research Specialist (Scientist 1)
Philippine Rice Research Institute
Science City of Muñoz
Nueva Ecija

For his inventions which resulted to higher crop yield and addressed environment concerns. He developed the Continuous Type Rice Hull Carbonizer, a machine that processes rice hull biochar and enhances the property of the soil effectively addressing problems such as soil degradation, pollution by agro-chemicals, global warming and waste management. He also developed the Kwebo, a multi-purpose typhoon-resistant farm structure designed for mushroom production in place of rice during rainy season.


Advanced Space Technology Research, Operations, and
Services (ASTROS) Team

Advanced Science and Technology Institute
Department of Science and Technology
Diliman, Quezon City
(Alvin E. Retamar [team leader], Gerwin P. Guba,
Joven C. Javier, Maria Cristina M. Manuel, and
Harold Bryan S. Paler)

For placing the Philippines in the space technology map through the development and operation of the country’s first microsatellites DIWATA-1 and 2and the first ground receiving station, the Philippine Earth Data Resource and Observation (PEDRO). These initiatives made possible the generation of images and data essential in weather forecast, disaster risk management, agricultural growth pattern detection, forest cover monitoring, cultural and historical sites monitoring and territorial border protection.

Irradiation Services Team
Philippine Nuclear Research Institute
Department of Science and Technology
Diliman, Quezon City
(Giuseppe O. Dean, Aurelio L. Maningas,
Franklin A. Pares, Haydee M. Solomon, and
Geofrey O. Tanquilan)

For the team’s display of sustained, consistent, and noteworthy performance and innovative accomplishments in the operation, maintenance and process control of gamma and electron beam irradiation facilities which generated savings for the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI). The team is solely credited for troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance of the entire irradiation facility which is used for food preservation, medical products sterilization, and for research purposes.


Provincial Cooperative and Development Office (PCDO)
Provincial Government of Dinagat Islands
San Jose, Dinagat Islands
(Albin B. dela Cruz [team leader],
Fe H. Daguplo, Jolito A. Escaño, Luleth V. Fausto, and
Porferio Q. Portullano)

For providing the people of Dinagat with enterprising and financially viable opportunities. Very few local government units have a well-managed and sustainable lending facility like PCDO which was able to grant P11.5 million to various cooperatives. Individuals were also allowed to take out loans for tuition fee and home renovation expenses at low interest rates thus preventing them from dealing with loan sharks.


Civil Service Commission Pagasa Awardees

Wilma T. del Rosario
Senior Science Research Specialist
Philippine Carabao Center
Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija

For her perseverance in promoting the carabao not solely as a beast of burden but as a source of income through meat and milk-based products. She is credited for identifying “impact zones” which posted a revenue of P187 million from 2016-2018, proving the economic viability of a buffalo-based dairy enterprise. She also led the establishment of the Nueva Ecija Federation of Dairy Carabao Cooperatives, an umbrella organization of dairy cooperatives engaged in processing carabao milk-based products now branded as Cremeria Ecija.


Rico B. Galinato
Agriculturist II
Provincial Government of Dinagat Islands
San Jose, Dinagat Islands

For being a trailblazer of organic agriculture, introducing as well Integrated Diversified Farming System which sustained the health of soils, ecosystems and people. Through said system, the 75.2-hectares of the island considered viable for farming in 2013 expanded to 151 hectares of agricultural land, a laudable accomplishment given that the island is a mining reserve and its soil is highly acidic, rocky, sandy and barren. By setting up the Provincial Trading Post, he opened avenues for farmers to sell their produce.

Lovella G. Velasco
Associate Professor II
Nueva Vizcaya State University
Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya

For her commitment in keeping alive Ilokano literature, ensuring that stories from the region are re-told and written and the literary output of Ilokano- women writers particularly those from Nueva Viscaya, made known. She staunchly worked for the use of the mothertongue in schools and has produced instructional materials with distinct Ilokano terminologies, vocabulary, and unique lessons to deepen student understanding and appreciation of Ilocano.


John Geesnell L. Yap II
City Mayor
City Government of Tagbilaran

For institutionalizing participatory and consultative governance as key to Tagbilaran’s resilience and progress. Strong partnerships have led to holistic improvements in business environment, infrastructure development, employment and generation, disaster management, and social service responsiveness. He pushed for automation of the city’s business processes which resulted to significant increase in applications for new businesses.


Tagumpay Agrivolving Fund (TAF)-City Agriculture Office
City Agriculture Office
City Government of Tagum
Davao del Norte

(Joel Marcelo C. de Leon [team leader], Emiliano P. Dakingking Jr.,
Jul-Mar P. Liong, Renante D. Sabanal, and Jerson V. Sobrevilla)

For conceptualizing and offering the “agri-volving” fund, an easy-access credit facility that has broken the oppressive cycle of debt that has beset Tagum City farmers. The initiative has spurred financial literacy among farmers. From a starting fund of P706 million in 2016, TAF now has more than Php3 million dedicated to farmers’ needs. The group also conducts technology transfer seminars and workshops to ensure best yield during harvest for best return of their investment.


Tagum’s Integrated Management and
Sustainable Environmental Approach to
Coastal and Underwater Resources

City Environment and Natural Resources Office
City Government of Tagum
Davao del Norte

(Vivian R. Bahalla [team leader], Analyn J. Pinero,
Ronie Q. Senangote, Cicero O. Tiamzon, and Nonito C. dela Torre)

For breakthrough programs in marine ecosystem protection, conservation, and management which include the establishment of a fish sanctuary, installation of artificial coral reefs, desiltation of rivers and waterways, restoration of mangroves complemented by strict law enforcement. As a result, Tagum City was declared with the highest fish biomass at 34 metric ton per square kilometer in Davao del Norte. The team’s initiatives the improved socio-economic conditions of marginalized fisherfolk via increased fish catch; fish haul in 2018 increased by 100%, from 300 MT to 600 MT.

VSU Cocotech GenMovers
Visayas State University
Baybay City, Leyte

(Maria Juliet C. Ceniza [team leader], Alfredo G. Dingal,
Marisel A. Leorna, and Eutiquio E. Sudaria)

For the group’s display of innovation in reviving the coconut industry in Eastern Visayas by developing 11 coconut hybrids. The group’s extensive research complemented by the conduct of trainings, development of machineries, technology demonstration, and practice of new production methods have resulted to high coconut production and increased income for farmers. The group also introduced zero-waste coconut food processing which ensured that all parts of the coconut were used as food stuff and household items.



2019 Outstanding Public Officials and Employees or
Dangal ng Bayan Awardees

Dr. Robert John S. Aquino
Municipal Government Department Head
Municipal Government of Viga

For his utmost dedication in serving the isolated and disadvantaged residents of Viga, Catanduanes through integrated health service programs that include Health Buzz and the Facility-Based Delivery which decreased maternal and child mortality. These programs served as the springboard for the provision of basic health services, conduct of outreach projects, enhancement of barangay health workers’ skills, and improvement of the rural health unit’s operations. Since pregnant women prefer to go to traditional birth attendants or hilots, Dr. Aquino trained them to provide basic health services prior to endorsing would-be mothers to an accredited delivery facility.


Cedric D. Daep
Provincial Disaster Management Officer
Provincial Government of Albay
Legazpi City

For his outstanding performance in protecting and empowering the citizens, enabling the province to be resilient against the effects of natural calamities. He institutionalized the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) which served provided the framework for the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010. Through APSEMO, an early warning system was set-up, communication protocols were approved, pre-emptive evacuation procedures were established, and post-disaster damage assessment and needs analysis was institutionalized.

Allan S. Freno
Administrative Officer V
City Government of Tacurong
Sultan Kudarat

For the display of excellence in his dual role as information officer and manager of the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of Tacurong. Some may find the role overwhelming, but he welcomed the challenge and excelled in both assignments. He localized the content of the city government’s radio program to focus on providing information advancing the welfare of residents through the LGU’s activities and programs. As a PESO manager, he posted a high employment placement rate through job fairs, local/special recruitment activities, conduct of career coaching to schools, provision of livelihood projects to the marginalized sector, solicitation of job vacancies, among other innovative job generation mechanisms.


Belen F. Linganay
City Civil Registrar
City Government of Tangub
Misamis Occidental

For bringing the services of the Tangub City Civil Registrar Office closer to the citizens through the innovative Mobile Registration Program conducting lectures and assessments with partners from the Population Commission and City Health Office to register and update the records of birth and marriage certificates as well inform citizens on the law and city ordinances for better synergy in registry service.

Alvin F. Macalintal
Master Teacher II
Fortunato Perez High School
Department of Education-Division of Oriental Mindoro
Oriental Mindoro

For his zealous commitment in advancing inclusive literacy by bringing education closer to indigenous people in the remote communities of Concepcion, Victoria Bugtong na Tuog and Grandvida in Oriental Mindoro. To lessen the drop-out rate, he built the first Balay-Lakoy, or small house in his own compound; Mangyan learners were the first group welcomed to the facility and used it for free. Seeing positive results, he built another Balay-Lakoy with eight rooms and a comfort room to house students in secondary level. He also addressed poverty besetting the community through a sustainable Paalaagang Baboy at Kambing Program for Mangyan students and parents.


Pepito P. Pauchano
Mechanical Plant Operator
National Food Authority
Jaro, Iloilo

For his innovativeness, making use of scrap and junk materials which has been declared for disposal and repairing it to assemble a utility vehicle called Tora-Tora which now transports NFA stocks for milling and drying without cost to the government. He also invented two biomass furnaces generating savings worth Php289,000. He is also NFA’s “go to person” in the repair equipment such as of lister blowers, dryers, tractors, among others.

Michelle D. Rubio
Master Teacher II
Calao Elementary School
Department of Education-Division of Sorsogon

For her pioneering initiatives in making learning interesting. Her Classhome and Reading Car have developed comprehensive reading skills while the Dugtong Buhay supported the basic needs of indigent students encouraging them to come to school even without baon and school materials. Her Resort for Learning is a small nook transformed into an outdoor “mini-resort” to reach out to non-readers; similar nooks have been put up not only in 19 schools in Prieto Diaz but also in schools in Gubat and Irosin in Sorsogon, and the Ricardo P. Cruz, Sr. Elementary School in Taguig City. Rubio also actively engaged mothers, assigning them to help create reading hubs where kids can grow to love learning.


Porferio L. Soloria Jr.
Administrative Aide II
Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University- South La Union Campus
Agoo, La Union

For his industry and perseverance in contributing to the efficient operations of DMMMSU. Soloria’s main function is to maintain the cleanliness and utility of the campus, but after doing his regular duties, he goes the extra mile in conducting electrical inspections and equipment repairs. He installed electrical cable wires and circuit breakers in three campuses, led the installation, repairs, and maintenance of air conditioning units and CCTVs, tasks which helped the university save in repair and maintenance expenses.

Dr. Maria Lourdes M. Trajano
Medical Specialist III
Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center
Baguio City

For her exceptional display of commitment to service, giving her 101% in every assignment given. It was during her incumbency that the Department of Pediatrics Residency Training Program was accredited to Level III, and the Pediatric Sub- Specialty OPD was made operational, leading to the recognition of BGHMC as the main referral and treatment center for indigent children with neurological cases in Northern Luzon. As Preventive Promotive Over-all Coordinator of the health facility, she institutionalized a health and wellness program for the facility’s staff.