The surviving families of six state workers, who died in the line of duty, are this year’s recipients of financial assistance from Civil Service Commission’s Pondong Pamanang Bayani Program.
The funds will be coming from the proceeds of ‘Zumba for a Cause’ which was participated by 1,349 government employees from the national government agencies, local government units and state universities and colleges, and some individuals from the private sector.
One of the beneficiaries of the program is the family of Aida Barrete, a midwife from New Bataan, Compostela Valley Province, who died while treating victims of typhoon Pablo in December 2012.
The family of Senior Police Officer Lover Inocencio, who died during an encounter with armed Moro rebel groups in January 2015, will also be receiving the one-time financial assistance.
The other four recipients are the respective surviving families of the police personnel of Bansalan Municipal Police Station, who were killed in an ambush by suspected members of the New Peoples’ Army (NPA), while investigating a crime incident on March 8, 2017 in Barangay Sibayan, Bansalan, Davao del Sur.
The six government workers are among the more than 100 beneficiaries of the Pondong Pamanang Bayani Program nationwide under the Pamanang Lingkod Bayani Program “as a tribute to civilian public servants who displayed the characters of a bayani in the name of public service.”
Nathan Cyril Eamiguel, CSC-XI assistant regional director, said the fund raising activity has been part of the celebration of the Philippine Civil Service Anniversary held every month of September.
CSC-XI spearheaded the ‘Zumba for a Cause’ on Saturday (Sept. 14) at SM City Mall in Davao City, in lieu of a Fun Run which was the usual activity in the past years.
Apart from generating funds, Eamiguel said that the zumba activity also aimed at promoting physical fitness and camaraderie among the state workers in Davao Region.
The 119th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary this year commenced with a Thanksgiving Mass celebration on September 2 in Davao City, and highlights other activities such as the Honor Awards Program (HAP) regional awards rites, government service fair, bloodletting activity and special localized treats for government employees.
The celebration banners the theme: “Upholding integrity and building a high trust society.”