TAWI-TAWI, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / October 11, 2009) - A respected southern Filipino municipal mayor has been named as one of the “10 Outstanding Public Servants” in the Muslim autonomous region during the 109th anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service.
Sitangkai mayor Hadji Serbin Ahaja of Tawi-Tawi province has received the coveted award at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex in Cotabato City in Mindanao Island.
The award was the first for the municipality of Sitangkai.
Shashtri Buddin, the director of the Civil Service Commission in Tawi-Tawi province, said that Ahaja was chosen for his distinguished achievements and important accomplishments in Sitangkai.
Other awardees from Tawi-Tawi were Simunul town Mayor Benzar Tambut who was named Outstanding Public Administrator and Simunul designate officer Aprilyn Teh as Outstanding Human Resource Management Officer.
Buddin said the selection process for the awardees was open to the whole Muslim autonomous region covering the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao Del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, and Marawi City.
Officials citing good governance and excellent civil service said Ahaja has worked for various projects in his town including the reclassification of the Sitangkai from 2nd class to 1st class municipality.
Ahaja also led the creation of 13 new villages in 2008 after Sitangkai’s separation from Sibutu Island. Ahaja has finished several infrastructure projects to include the improvisation of Sitangkai Community Hospital.
This year’s Civil Service theme is: “Honoring our Heroes in the Republic Service Responsive, Ethical, and Public Servants with Vision, Impact, Commitment and Excellence.” (Amilbahar S. Mawallil)