President Aquino advances genuine public service

September 5, 2010 2:12 am 

MANILA, Sept. 4 — President Benigno S. Aquino III exhorted state workers, whom he called “partners in advancing genuine service to the Filipino people.”

In a taped message played over DZRB Saturday, the President said in Pilipino: “I am happy to have you on my side in our continued fight to build a government that would not turn away from its responsibilities to the country.”

The message was made in time for the 110th anniversary of Philippine Civil Service this coming Monday with theme “RACE to Serve: Advancing Responsive, Accessible, Courteous and Effective Public Service.”

“Sa mga nagdaang taong ito, pinilit ninyong tahakin ang tuwid na landas ng tapat at buong pusong paglilingkod sa ating bayan,” the President said.

“Ngayong nasa panig na nating muli ang mamamayan, umaasa ako sa patuloy na pag-alab ng tunay na serbisyo sa ating mga puso,” the President said.

Civil Service Commission Chairman Francisco Duque III, in an interview over Radyo ng Bayan Saturday morning, said while the President is not expected to grace this Monday’s anniversary celebration, “the President sent his message to inspire our civil servants once again to give their best service.”

The President lauded the work of some 1.4 million government workers who celebrate September as the Philippine Civil Service month, through Public Law No. 5 of 1900.

This year’s celebration will kick off with a flag raising ceremony to be held simultaneously in all government agencies on Sept. 6 at 8 a.m., after which the President’s video message will be shown, Duque said.

Duque said the bureaucracy needs the right direction, strategy and speed to win the race against mediocrity, graft, corruption, and setbacks caused by limited resources and increased public expectations. (PNA) RMA/PCOO/rsm

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