CSC essay contest winners tackle gender equity

A forester, a legislative staff, and a project evaluation officer proved to be writers and gender equity advocates in their own right when they won the Civil Service Commission’s (CSC) Essay Writing Contest.

Besting 204 other contestants, the first place winner is Marlyn B. Delos Arcos (Forester I, Department of Environment and Natural Resources CENRO Tandag, Surigao del Sur), followed by Joselito Narciso B. Capariño, (Legislative Staff Assistant II, House of Representatives, Quezon City), and Herita O. Macarubbo (Project Evaluation Officer II, Commission on Population, Tuguegarao City), in second and third place, respectively.

Done in celebration of the 112th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary (PCSA), the contest was themed “Lingkod Bayani Working for Gender Responsive, Accessible, Courteous, and Effective Public Service.” It aims to bring the attention of civil servants to government’s crucial role in addressing issues relating to gender.

In her essay “Active Participation, Not Just Attendance,” Arcos discusses women’s participation in a male-dominated environment. She relays her experiences in the field, and how she saw the potential of women in contributing to environmental and socio-economic development in the community level.

Capariño’s essay, “Ang Lingkod Bayani sa Pagsusulong ng Isang Gender Responsive, Accessible, Courteous, at Effective na Serbisyo Publiko,” is the only winning entry in Filipino. He focuses on the concept of equality in public service, and how it is every state worker’s obligation to ensure fair treatment of people, regardless of gender.

Macarubbo, on the other hand, opted to explore strategies by which to eliminate gender-based discrimination in the way public service is rendered. Her essay, “Making Public Service Gender Responsive a Reality,” presents gender sensitivity as an essential factor towards becoming a true servant-hero.

Stella Eloisa Marquez-Fong, Development Alternatives with Women for New Era (DAWN) Global Secretariat Program and Administrative Officer; Ma. Lourdes Veneracion Rallonza, Ateneo de Manila University Department of Political Science faculty member; Ricardo L. Saludo, former CSC Chairperson; and Rolando B. Tolentino, University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication Dean comprised the board of judges.

Winners received plaques and cash prizes worth P30,000, P20,000, and P15,000 for the first, second, and third place, respectively. This is the second year that the CSC held the PCSA essay writing contest. You may check out the winning entry on the official PCSA blog,

CSC Press Release
Sept. 20, 2012



Our sincerest apologies for prolonging your anticipation. The results of the 2012 PCSA Essay Writing Contest are as follows:


“Active Participation, Not Just Attendance” by
Marlyn B. Delos Arcos
Forester I
Department of Environment and Natural Resources CENRO Tandag
Tandag, Surigao del Sur


“Ang Lingkod Bayani sa Pagsusulong ng isang Gender Responsive, Accessible, Courteous, at Effective na Serbisyo Publiko” by
Joselito Narciso B. Capariño
Legislative Staff Assistant II
House of Representatives
Quezon City


“Making Public Service Gender Responsive a Reality” by
Herita O. Macarubbo
Project Evaluation Officer II
Commission on Population
Tuguegarao City, Cagayan

Congratulations to the winners!!! Thank you also to all those who participated. Happy Anniversary, Kawani! 🙂

Winning essays shall be posted here as well.

Essay Contest Update:

| Update as of September 11, 4:14 p.m. |

Results for the 2012 PCSA Essay Writing Contest will be released this week. MALAPIT NA!!!


| Update as of September 4, 10:39 a.m. |

As of this posting, the Board of Judges is still in the selection process.

Please check back for new announcements.

Reminders for Fun Run Participants

Vice President Jejomar Binay will join more than 10,000 runners, Sept. 8, in “R.A.C.E. to Serve II Fun Run,” a benefit fun run that will also serve as the kickoff event for the nationwide, month-long celebration of the 112th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary this September.

Assembly area

Kilometer Zero (in front of Rizal Monument across the road)

Assembly time

5:00 am


10K  –  5:30 am
5K  –  5:45 am
3K  –  6:00 am


  • Participants must check in at the starting line at least 20 minutes before start of race.
  • Don’t forget your race bibs. It must be worn at all times during the race.
  • Baggage deposit service is available at Kilometer Zero.
  • You may park at designated parking areas around Quirino Grandstand or Luneta.

Winners of Give It Your Best Shot! Photography Contest

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Give It Your Best Shot! Photography Contest!


Dexter G. Dizon
Local Legislative Staff III
Sangguniang Bayan
Municipality of Pavia, Iloilo


Pamela C. Alvares
Administrative Aide VI
Philippine National Police
Camp Crame, Quezon City


Marites T. Tamayao
Alternative Learning System Mobile Teacher
Peñablana West District
Peñablanca, Cagayan


Jomar S. Lagmay
Administrative Assistant VI / Labor Communication Officer
Department of Labor and Employment
Intramuros, Manila

Danilo A. Paraguya
Administrative Aide II
Municipality of Opol, Misamis Oriental

Antonio L. Sierra Jr.
State Auditor I
Commission on Audit
Quezon City

Xavier Awican Solda
Chief Communication Relations Officer
Bureau of Jail Management and Penology
Quezon City

Rolando P. Azarcon
Rescue Ambulance Driver
Rescue Department
Palayan City, Nueva Ecija

Lovely P. Sayao
Police Officer I
Philippine National Police
Camp Crame, Quezon City

Prime Enrique R. Rendon
Computer Maintenance Technologist I
Office of Provincial Governor
Compostela Valley

Albert A. Dayao
Audio Visual Equipment Operator I
Office of Provincial Governor
Compostela Valley

Manuel T. Puyong III
Administrative Aide
Municipal Information Office
Municipality of Asuncion, Davao del Norte

Fernando M. Clar De Jesus
Teacher II
Lucena East I Elementary School
Lucena City

The Board of Judges is composed of:

Cornelio Ronniel C. De Guzman
Member, National Press Club of the Philippines

Tristan F. Lozano
Member, National Press Club of the Philippines

Maria Kristina Maralit
Member, National Press Club of the Philippines

Ma. Theresa C. Fernandez
Director III, Civil Service Commission

Winning entries will be displayed in exhibits in various areas in Metro Manila:

Sept. 10 – 30: Main Lobby @ CSC Central Office, Batasan Hills, Quezon City
Sept. 14 – 17: Annex Atrium @ SM Fairview, Quezon City

Please check back for more exhibit schedules.

Mensahe ng Tagapangulo ng CSC para sa Ika-112 Anibersaryo ng Serbisyo Sibil ng Pilipinas


Isang maligayang pagbati sa lahat ng lingkod bayan sa mga ahensiya ng pamahalaan.

Kaisa ninyo ang Komisyon ng Serbisyo Sibil sa pagdiriwang ng ika-isandaan at labindalawang anibersaryo ng Serbisyo Sibil ng Pilipinas. Kayo ang nagsisilbing matibay naming kasangga at kaagapay tungo sa pagpapatupad ng mga reporma para sa pagpapabuti ng serbisyo publiko at yamang-tao ng ating bansa.

Nagagalak ako na sa kabila ng napakaraming pagsubok at balakid, nananatili tayong positibo sa pagtupad ng ating tungkulin bilang mga lingkod bayan. Saludo ako sa inyong hindi matatawarang pagsisikap upang lalong mapag-ibayo ang paglilingkod sa mamamayang Pilipino at sa ating bayan.

Kinikilala ko ang lahat ng inyong pagtitiyaga at sakripisyo upang makatugon sa tawag ng tungkulin para sa taumbayan. Kayo ang haligi ng isang pamahalaang nagsusumikap upang patuloy na pagkatiwalaan tayo ng ating mga kababayan.

Umaasa akong sa pamamagitan ng paggunita ng anibersaryo ng Serbisyo Sibil, patuloy nating pagninilayan ang mga maaari pa nating maiambag o maihandog sa ating bayan. Isapuso natin na ang bawat araw ng ating tapat at mahusay na paglilingkod ay tungo sa pagtupad ng ating layuning “Gawing Lingkod Bayani ang Bawat Kawani”. Ito ang ating marubdob na mithiin.

Mga lingkod bayan ng Pilipinas, nawa ay magkaroon tayo ng masaya at makabuluhang pagdiriwang. Muli, maligayang ika-isandaan at labindalawang anibersaryo sa ating lahat.

Komisyon ng Serbisyo Sibil

Download Chairman Duque’s message