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PNoy confers Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award to PCHRD Executive Director Jaime Montoya

Dr. Jaime C. Montoya receives the Lingkod Bayan Award.

Every year, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) confers the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award to individuals or group of individuals whose extraordinary contributions in public service has made nationwide impact.

“Sila ang mga Pilipinong tumatawid mula sa pagiging lingkod-bayan, tungo sa pagiging isang lingkod-bayani. (They are the Filipinos who transcend their role of humble public servants into public heroes),” said President Benigno S. Aquino III, as he conferred the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award to eight outstanding public officials  last September 19, 2012 in Malacañan Palace.

One of the awardees is Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (PCHRD – DOST).

Dr. Montoya was chosen for his contributions in science and health in the country. Dr. Montoya is the lead convener of the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS), an integrated national framework for health research in the country. Dr. Montoya’s efforts are also instrumental in the creation of the ASEAN Network for Drugs, Diagnostics and Vaccines Innovation (ASEAN-NDI), network that oversees the discovery and development of health technologies that will not only address health problems, but also boost the health industry in the region. Aside from his post as the Executive Director of PCHRD-DOST, Dr. Montoya is also a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Region Clinical Advisory Committee for Emerging Infections and the first Filipino President of the Science Council of Asia.

In his speech, the President expressed his gratitude to the awardees for striving for excellence in their fields of work. He asked them to continue striving for the best so as they can become role models to all public officials and employees.

He said, “Patuloy nawa kayong maging pamantayan ng paglilingkod sa tuwid na daan. Sa tuwid na daan, sama-sama nating baguhin ang pananaw ng lipunan sa mga lingkod-bayan. (May you continue to be the standard of honest public service. In our aspiration for tuwid na daan, let us change the society’s perception on public servants. )”