CEMO’s Gelson Rili Is One of the “Dangal ng Bayan” Awardees

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Gelson Rili, an employee of the City Environmental Management Office (CEMO) of Marikina, is one of this year’s winners of the “Dangal ng Bayan” Award given annually by the Civil Service Commission.

Gelson, 55, works as a street sweeper for CEMO. He was the winner of the “Model Employee” award of the Marikina City Government in 2017.

The CSC said Gelson “has been chosen as one of this year’s Outstanding Public Officials and Employees or Dangal ng Bayan Awardees for exemplary adherence to the norms of conduct and ethical behavior.”

As a Dangal ng Bayan, Gelson will receive a gold-gilded medallion, a trophy designed by National Artist for Sculpture Napoleon V. Abueva and a cash prize of P200,000. He will also be entitled to an automatic promotion to the next higher position, subject to the provisions of Section 6 of Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

The awarding rites are set on September 27 in Malacañang Palace with no less than President Rodrigo Duterte in attendance.

Gelson was originally from Camarines Sur. He finished only Grade 6 because of poverty, which forced him to search for a better life in Manila. His search ended up in Marikina in 1991, where he worked different jobs – security guard, construction worker, carpenter, garbage collector -- before he was hired as a laborer in June 2003 by CEMO.

Gelson rarely takes a day off. He works Monday to Sunday, even during holidays. During the typhoon Ondoy in 2009, which flooded most of the city’s barangays, he helped save the lives of around 50 of his co-residents in Brgy. Dona Petra in Marikina.

From Mayor Marcy Teodoro and all of us here at the City Hall – “Congratulations!” Gelson. We are all proud of you and inspired to do our best everyday in serving the country and the community because of you.

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