21 September 2022 - Six photos featuring various facets of resilience in government emerged as national winners in the 2022 Philippine Civil Service Anniversary (PCSA) Photo Contest conducted by the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

The contest had two categories: the Individual Category, which was open to all government employees regardless of employment status; and the Group Category, which was open to all public sector employee organizations (PSEOs) registered with the CSC and Bureau of Labor Relations.

Entries were required to reflect the theme, “Transforming Public Servants Toward Resiliency”.

In the Individual Category, getting the third spot is Vidal Jun S. Riva of Limay National High School (Region III), with his photo entitled, A Passion, Not Just a Profession, which won him PHP10,000. In second place is Ian Jake N. Galorio of Montevista National High School (Region XI), with his photo, Through the Lens of an Untech-Savvy Teacher on the Quest for Quality Education Amidst Pandemic. Galorio will receive PHP15,000. Bagging first place and PHP20,000 is Jefferson T. Delmo of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-Region IX with his photo, Resilient as a Nation.

In the Group Category, third place and a PHP20,000 cash prize go to Tagaytay Treatment and Rehabilitation Center Employees Association (Region IV) with their photo entitled We Rise as One. Getting the second spot is the LGU Association of Cabagan Employees from Isabela (Region II) with their photo, Laging Handa at Nagkakaisang Cabagueño, which won them PHP25,000. First placer is the Villanueva Municipal Government Employees Association from Misamis Oriental (Region X), with their photo, Library. They will receive PHP30,000.

A total of 488 entries were received in the Individual Category. This year marks the first time the CSC opened the contest to public sector employee organizations (PSEO) as a way of engaging them in Commission activities, thus the Group Category. A total of 24 entries were received from PSEOs.

From the 488 entries in the Individual Category, 48 photos were declared regional winners, three winners each from every region, which then vied for national level honors. Entries in the Group Category all proceeded to national level judging.

The panel of judges included Atty. Raymond Fortun of Fortun & Santos Law Offices, as Chairperson of the Board of Judges; Dr. Rene R. Escalante, Chairperson of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts; and Mr. Pablo N. Beltran, President of the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation, Inc.

Criteria for Judging comprised content and adherence to theme with a weight of 30%, visual impact (including color and lighting) with 25%, creativity and originality with 25%, and photograph quality, 20%.

Civil service anniversary

On its third year, the 2022 PCSA Photo Contest was held as part of the activities for the 122nd PCSA celebration this September.

PCSA has a 10-year overarching theme, Transforming Public Service in the Next Decade: Honing Agile and Future-Ready Servant-Heroes, which reflects the collective experience of the government workforce in the new normal, and in pushing for digital transformation and innovations to uphold public service excellence and continuity.

For 2022, the thematic focus is on resilience, which is part of building smart organizations and a future-ready civil service. Resilience has been shown by the civil service during the pandemic crisis in its readiness to accept challenges and ability to give continued assistance to the public.

View the winning photos here. Watch the virtual awards ceremony on the CSC Facebook Page or CSC YouTube channel.