Extension Directorate is CSC Pagasa Regional Awardee and National Semi-Finalist
The Extension team is one of the five national semi-finalists for the Pagasa Award (group category) given by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) as part of the 2017 Search for Outstanding Public Officials and Employees. A Certificate of Recognition, check amounting to Php 30,000 (as national semi-finalist) and a Plaque of Recognition (as regional awardee) were awarded during the 2017 Regional Recognition and Awards Rites held on September 8, 2017 in San Fernando, La Union. Dr. Aris Reynold V. Cajigal, Extension Director and team leader, received the awards on behalf of the team and the university. The ceremony was held as part of the 117th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary. The CSC Pagasa Award is given to groups or individuals for outstanding contributions resulting from an idea or performance that directly benefit more than one department of the government. This is given annually by the Civil Service Commission and Committee on Presidential Lingkod Bayan. The following criteria were used: (1) Noteworthiness of Outstanding Performance/Contribution; (2) Impact of Performance/Achievement; (3) Reliability and Effectiveness; (4) Consistency of Performance; and (5) Demonstrated Teamwork, Cooperation, Camaraderie and Cohesiveness. The Extension Directorate’s Seedstock Dispersal Program (SDP) was nominated for this award and duly validated by a CSC representative last July. The team is composed of ten members from the Extension Directorate and CAFSD – Aris Reynold V. Cajigal, Bella C. Gervacio, Mercy Fausta R. Gaño, Sherlyn B. Nicolas, Sosima R. Demandante, Floramante C. Pastor, Maura Luisa S. Gabriel, Rolando M. Rabanal, Epifanio P. Mariano, Jr. and Crisanto Gil A. Cacao. The SDP is an extension banner program that presents a distinct model of a sustainable technology-based development for rural transformation through an established assistance mechanism involving the coordinated efforts and complementation of resources by the academe, research, and development agencies, local government units, and farmer-beneficiaries. The major goal of the SDP is to improve the agricultural productivity and income of farmers through sustained supply and use of improved seed stocks as planting materials (Sherlyn B. Nicolas and Aris Reynold V. Cajigal).