MALAYBALAY CITY – BukSU Vice-Presidents highlighted ‘Resilience’ of public servants in the 122nd Philippine Civil Service Anniversary program on September 5, 2022.
“Now is the good time for resilience to frame our experiences of the pandemic and really understand and assess our human resilience both within ourselves and our team,” said Mr. Dante S. Victoria, Jr, Vice-President for Administration, Planning, and Development during the 122nd Philippine Civil Service Anniversary opening program held at the university gymnasium.
This year’s celebration focused on the theme “Transforming Public Service in the Next Decade: Honing Agile and Future-Ready Servant Heroes.”
Mr. Victoria added that we must learn lessons from these moments (COVID-19 pandemic) to ensure that we are prepared to meet these challenges.
He also emphasized a thought from an Austrian neurologist and a holocaust survivor, Victor Emil Frankl, who believed that we should see setbacks as an opportunity to learn. With facing difficulty or adversity, he said, instead of asking “Why me?” the right question should be “What does this moment has for me?”
This was supported by a statement from Dr. Hazel Jean A. Abejuela, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, who also delivered a message during the program.
She said that the Civil Service Commission expects all of us to be agile and future-ready servants to be flexible, adaptive, and resilient in consideration of a transformative innovation and external immense.
In the university’s journey to multiversity in the future where civil servants will be given complex roles, she added that public servants are challenged with the questions “Are we willing to do it?” and “Do we have what it takes to be future-ready servant leaders?”
She said that as long as we uphold our mission and values and actively use our foresight, then we can definitely traverse ourselves in the future and become forerunners of a transformative public service.
Dr. Joy M. Mirasol, Vice-President for Research, Extension, and Innovations, also delivered her message on resilience.
She said that resilience does not mean we do not experience stress or suffering, but rather finding a strength to work through emotional pain and suffering.
“As government workers, so much is expected from us, but we can still remain steadfast by taking care of ourselves first,” she added.
The 122nd Philippine Civil Service Anniversary was celebrated by the university through a parade around Malaybalay City proper participated by all personnel from the main campus and Campus In-Charge of the different satellite campuses.
This was followed by an opening program held at the university gymnasium.
The Human Resource Development Unit also prepared a series of activities for the employees to participate on namely: Basketball, Badminton, and Mobile Legends Tournament, Poster-Making Contest, Zumba, BukSU Idol, Spoken Word Poetry, Color Fun Run, Film-Making Contest, Amazing Race, Larong Pinoy, Team Dance Competition, and Mr. Ms. And Mx. Civil Service BukSU.
During the opening program, the candidates for Mr. Ms. and Mx. Civil Service BukSU from the different clusters were introduced. The Panunumpa ng Lingkod Bayan was then led by Mr. Dante S. Victoria Jr, followed by a closing remark from Ms. Rea Rita R. Muegue, HRDU Head. (Diana Rose B. Lagoy/OP-IPS)
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