Gilor Eleazar is Presidential Lingkod Bayan Awardee in NCR

I doff my hats off to National Capital Region Police Office director, Major General Guillermo ‘Gilor’ Eleazar who made history this week when he was conferred the Civil Service Commission Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award besting other public servants and government employees in Metro Manila.

For the uninitiated, the CSC  Presidential Lingkod ng Bayan Award (National Level), pursuant to Executive Order Nos. 507 and 77 issued on March 2, 1992 and March 31, 1993 by then Presidents Corazon Aquino and Fidel V. Ramos respectively, is conferred to an individual or group for exceptional or extraordinary contributions resulting from an idea or performance that had nationwide impact on public interest, security and patrimony.

The contribution may be a suggestion, innovation, invention or superior accomplishment.

Under Section 5 of EO 508 which instituted the Lingkod ng Bayan Award as the Presidential Award for Outstanding Public Service, awardees in addition to the medallion and plaque given in public ceremonies are also in for other major benefits as recommended by the CSC Committee on Award.

These benefits may take the form of bonuses, citations, Directorships in government-owned and controlled corporations; local and foreign scholarship grants; paid vacations and the like; and/or automatic promotion to the next higher position suitable to their qualifications and with commensurate salary; provided, that if there is no next higher position a salary increase equivalent to the next higher position shall be given and incorporated in the basic pay.

He may not be a national awardee yet but still, the 53-year old Eleazar showed that his accomplishments as Metro Manila police director has been taken notice of not only by Filipinos but also the powerful CSC which is yearly in search of government employees and other public servants whose idea or performance has a nationwide impact both in the areas of public interest, security and patrimony.

The member of PMA ‘Hinirang’ Class of 1987 bested other public servants and government employees including senators and congressmen, mayors, Cabinet officials and other bureau and agency directors in Metro Manila after the CSC chose him as NCR’s Most Outstanding Public Servant this year citing his role in significantly reducing crime in the metropolis while launching a no-nonsense internal cleansing program.

The CSC award issued last May 28 at the University of the Philippines-Diliman City was presented to Eleazar during simple ceremonies at the NCRPO headquarters. When he received the honor, the Metro Manila police director said many questions crop up in his mind after being told he would get the award due to his service to his countrymen.

First, he said he is proud to be associated with the other outstanding individuals who have received the same award in the past. However, he said “there comes a point in one’s career that we wonder and ask ourselves questions like ‘how am I doing’, ‘is my family happy, and have I been the pillar and source of strength for them?’

“We also ask ourselves, career wise, have I been successful, have I attained my goals?’

And then finally we ask, ‘have I attained my goals I had set for myself as a total person’ ‘Have I realized the vision that I had created for myself as a husband and parent?’ And as I became a police officer and public servant, was I brave and strong and true? Did I honestly serve and protect?

Eleazar pointed out that the CSC award could have come at a better time when he was making those questions.  “Thanks to the Civil Service Commission, this award substantially answers the questions I am dealing with. More importantly, this award confirms that I must be doing something good and I can live happily by that.”

The Metro Manila police director paid tribute to the entire Team NCRPO and other people who have believed, supported and prayed for him since Day 1 of his being a public servant. In particular, he thanked former PNP chief, now Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa and PNP chief, Gen. Oscar Albayalde for being the moving factors that have driven him to go the extra mile in carrying out his duties.

“To serve and protect, those should be sacred words to any person who wears the PNP badge and uniform. To serve and protect, these are the words to live by as police officers. In line with this mandate, I am launching soon a new campaign that should be a guide and driving point to all policemen and women; I call it ‘Intensified Cleanliness Policy,” he said.

According to Eleazar, his Intensified Cleanliness Policy is really a program whose main objective is to stop petty and arrest petty crimes and even vandalism before they transcend into heavy crimes.

It also means cleaning up dirt, no matter how small and little so it does not transcend into garbage and filth. The NCRPO director said that his Intensified Cleanliness program is also aimed at erasing the practice of going into ‘shortcuts’ so that Metro Manila policemen won’t find themselves into trouble with the law which they are supposed to uphold at all times.

Eleazar thanked his family led by wife Lally and their four children for their understanding and support as he continues his mission in Metro Manila. Way to go my friend.

By the way, being a recipient of the Presidential Lingkod ng Bayan National Award carries many benefits, among which is a  P200,000 cash reward, a gold-gilded medallion designed and handcrafted by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, scholarship grants for the awardee’s children five years from the receipt of the award, and automatic promotion/salary increase suitable to their qualifications.