GENERAL SANTOS CITY (October 3, 2022) – The provincial government of Sarangani, through the Human Resource Management and Development Office (HRMDO), held a retirement program for its retirees on September 30 at Phela Grande Hotel to honor and celebrate their long years of dedicated public service.
Elizabeth Eluna, Nurse III of Sarangani Provincial Hospital (SPH)-Malungon; Victoria Dazo, Administrative Officer II of SPH-Malungon; Engr. Yolando Bandayanon, division chief of the Motorpool Division of the Provincial Engineering Office; and Raquel Panal, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer were the last batch of retirees for this year who were given recognition by the provincial government.
Eluna first worked at the Malungon Municipal Hospital in 1990 as Nurse I and has now dedicated 32 years of service to the government, while Dazo, who rendered 27 years in public service, first worked in the academe in 1995 at Mindanao State University-Gensan and later transferred to Malungon Municipal Hospital in 2003.
Bandayanon, on the other hand, started working in the provincial government in 1994, and has dedicated 28 years in service, while Panal is set to end her 34 long years of service in government this year.
As a token of appreciation to the retirees, the provincial government through the HRMDO headed by Josephine Alog gave plaques and 14-karat retirement gold rings to the retirees.
Also, the Sarangani Provincial Employees Union (SPEU) President Wilson Lapiz handed over cheques to the retirees as a “pabaon” of the co-employees and members of the union to the retirees, and another cheques which were 50% return of their monthly dues as union members.
Board Member Ephraim Galzote, chairman of the Committee on Civil Service, Labor Standard, and Institutional Development said he was glad that this time, the provincial government was able to hold a “decent” retirement program for the employees.
“I can see the governor is really trying his best to give kahit hindi man natin masabi na elegant, kahit papaano ‘yung disente na retirement program para sa kanila,” he said.
Alog expressed her gratitude to the retirees and commended them for their hardwork and dedication to public service as she also wished them well in the next chapter of their lives.
“This is the end of your official responsibilities being regulated with so many laws and rules, but the service to your family and other people, especially the needy, does not yet end here,” Alog told the retirees.
The government has also offered various retirement programs and benefits that retiring members can avail of depending on their age and length of service. (Jori Mae R. Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
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