Image by stevesheriw via Flickr2009 Presidential Lingkod Bayan Awardee
By Zaldy Vilches
Deputy Court Administrator Justice NIMFA CUESTA-VILCHES of the Office of the Court Administrator, Supreme Court of the Philippines is the 2009 Presidential LINGKOD BAYAN Awardee. This is the highest category in the annual search by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) for outstanding government officials and workers in the country.
The Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award is conferred on to Justice NIMFA C. VILCHES for her outstanding contributions in making justice available for all and her advocacies on women and children’s rights. She carried on with the Supreme Court’s Justice on Wheels program, giving free legal aid and assistance to the poor and needy, which expedited the hearing of minor cases and led to the release of more than a thousand detained prisoners. She spearheaded information and education campaign for farmers, fisherfolks and indigenous people of their rights under the law. In her 26 years of public service in the Supreme Court, she has displayed professionalism and efficiency in the execution of her responsibilities.
The entitlement of a Presidential Lingkod Bayan Awardee to an automatic promotion to the next higher position or salary increase equivalent to the salary of the next higher position is provided for in Section 5 of Executive Order No. 508.
E.O. No. 508 http://www.chanrobles.com/executiveorders/1992/executiveorderno508-1992.html