Date Posted October 2016
#MALASAKITISM – THIS WAS the one-word hashtag tweeted and posted by around 15,000 runners who participated in the 2016 R. A. C. E. (Responsive, Accessible, Courteous and Effective) to Serve Fun Run VI of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) on September 3, 2016 at the Quirino Grandstand, Manila.
Held in celebration of the 116th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary (PCSA) themed “Sigaw ng Lingkod Bayani: Malasakit para sa Taumbayan, Kapwa, Kawani At Kalikasan”, the rain-or-shine fun run was one of the many activities that the CSC has lined up to uphold compassion with action relative to public service, health, environment, and the Filipino public who are the principal clients of the government. The fun run was participated by officials and employees of several government agencies, their family members, as well as private individuals who opted to join the celebration. Spearheaded by the CSC-National Capital Region (NCR), the event was graced by Cariza “Aiza” Seguerra, Chairperson of the National Youth Commission (NYC) and Luis Alfonso Revilla and Rommel Niño Cañaleta of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) team Mahindra Enforcers. In light of this celebration, the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA) actively joined the fun run by sending about 30 participants who competed for the 3-kilometer, 5- kilometer and 10-kilometer categories starting at 5:15 o’clock AM onwards. According to the CSC, this annual activity is one of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives with the objective to raise funds for the Pondong Pamanang Lingkod Bayani (PLBi) program. This program benefits the families of public officials and employees who passed away in line of duty or in the performance of their duties and responsibilities by providing financial assistance and scholarships. The fun run concluded at around 9:00 o’clock AM and at the finish line, the participants congratulated each other for a successful activity. “Runners will not only promote malasakit for their health, but also malasakit for deserving public servants and the families they left behind,” the CSC stated. Aside from the fun run, the CSC also conducted other equally relevant activities such as the Honor Awards Program (HAP) Rites for the 2016 Presidential Lingkod Bayan, Dangal ng Bayan, and CSC Pagasa Awardees; the Government Choral Competition; and the Coastal Clean-up Campaign and Mangrove Planting.