Published by the Visayan Daily Star
Editor-in-Chief & President
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
|CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
A provincial senior agriculturist of Occidental Negros, Dina Alanes-Genzola received a Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award from President Benigno Aquino last Monday together with 29 other government employees who were honored as the country's finest civil servants. The President extolled them during the awarding ceremonies held in Malacanang.
The award is the highest national honors given by the Civil Service Commission to Outstanding Public Officials and Employees after a nation-wide search of these exemplary people who stand out as models for the rest of the nation's thousand civil servants.
Genzola was cited for her “creative and resourceful management of the Negros First Universal Crop Insurance Program that protected farmers from the devastating effects of crop damage during natural calamities. Her passionate and collaborative leadership brought out the full potential of the program, benefitting more than 11,000 farmers in the province and generating a return valued at P23 million in the form of claims, indemnity and government share. Her dedication in agri-fishery developments and farm management promoted food security, productivity and reduced poverty in the province.”
Governor Alfredo Marañon under whose administration this crop insurance program came into being, deserves as much congratulations and recognition because it was through this innovative program that civil servants like Dina Genzola find great challenges to their talents and harness their full potentials to excel in serving the people. The governor and the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, headed by Engineer IgmedioTabianan and his staff, created the environment in which she could shine as a model for others.
Since the beginning Governor Marañon had emphasized food security. This mission is so ingrained in his administration that he placed a cap on the construction of alternative energy sources like solar power plants that would reduce the food sources of the people of this province.
The province has been taking steps to diversify from the mono-crop sugar economy. This places a greater burden on the OPA. That office is already doing well in introducing new agricultural crops and creating a food source that is organic and healthful.
The honors conferred on Dina Genzola are well-deserved but we see in her as well a reflection of what is going on in the OPA and the provincial government.*