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Dr. Francisco T. Duque III, chairman of Civil Service Commission (CSC), lauded Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) as a “cradle of servant heroes” during the Dangal ng PhilRice awarding ceremonies held in Maligaya, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, Nov. 7.

“You prove that government is not wanting in men and women who exemplify integrity and excellence despite the challenges of government service,” Duque, represented by Asst. Commissioner David E. Cabanag Jr, said.

Duque, who led the commission in obtaining the 2011 Governance Trailblazer seal by the Institute for Solidarity in Asia and National Competitiveness Council, commended the 50 outstanding PhilRice employees for their sensibilities and competence in public service.

“[You have] transformed work setbacks into opportunities to better serve this institute. Instead of being cast in the ordinary mold, you pushed yourselves to the limits and constantly shifted gears to know how much farther you could go,” he said.

In recognition of PhilRice as cradle of servant heroes, Duque hailed PhilRice for producing outstanding public officials and employees who won in the CSC’s search for exceptional state workers.

Dr. Santiago R. Obien, PhilRice executive director from June 1987 to July 2000, was conferred the Presidential Lingkod Bayan award in 1999; while the Pagasa award was given to Virgilio M. Alata in 2001; Imelda A. dela Cruz, 2002; and Aurora M. Corales, 2006.

PhilRice’s Rice Varietal Improvement Group and Rice Engineering and Mechanization Division were also CSC awardees.

“I cannot stress enough the importance of having such inspiring people in government…. We hope that the PhilRice public service exemplars would rekindle the fire, the passion for service of each and every state employee,” Duque said.

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Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is a government corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture created through Executive Order 1061 on 5 November 1985 (as amended) to help develop high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.

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