By JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL
COMMONWEALTH, Diliman, Quezon City
Commissioner Yusoph J. Mando of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) was one of the recipients of the Philippine’s Most Outstanding Men in Public Service Award sponsored by the Guardians Magistrate Advocator for Democracy International, Inc. (GMADII) and Luzviminda International Foundation in celebration of Father’s Day during the recognition and awards rites held on June 26 at the Great Eastern Aberdeen Court Hotel on Quezon Avenue in Quezon City.
Assistant Secretary Ameenah Fajardo of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Ms. Asia Pacific Cosmopolitan 2020 Xiamzzy Dy presented the awards to the recipients.
The Philippine’s Most Outstanding Men in Public Service Award is conferred to an individual for performance of an extraordinary act or public service and consistent demonstration of exemplary ethical behavior on the basis of his/her observance of the norms of behavior provided under the law.
Commissioner Mando was recognized for his laudable efforts which contribute significantly to the achievement of the Commission’s mandate to serve the Muslim Filipinos and even non-Muslims alike.
Other notable awardees who were awarded with the same awards were : DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing, Congressman Omar Albano Fajardo, Atty. Ariel Inton, Atty. Larry Gadon, Engr. Nhadzker Lakibul Junaid and other government officials and men in uniforms.
The awardees were chosen based on their exemplary behaviour or conduct displayed particularly on the norms namely: commitment to public interest; professionalism; justness and sincerity; political neutrality; responsiveness to public; nationalism and patriotism; commitment to democracy; and simple living.
Another criterion considered was the impact of their accomplishments based on the problems addressed, savings generated, people and office benefited and transactions facilitated.
Commissioner Mando has been appointed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as Commissioner the NCMF on 17 August 2020 for a term of four years and prior to his appointment, he has been active in humanitarian missions, peace and conflict resolution and inter faith dialogue. Ever since service for the people has been his advocacy.
He has also initiated programs and projects which contributed to the welfare of the Filipinos in general and Muslims in particular. Among his major tangible accomplishments were hundreds of reliefs giving missions and community services which have already been completed while others are still on-going.
Gracing the awarding ceremonies was Hon. Estela G. Bulacan, President, GMADII; and Hon. Maria Liza F. Lorenzo of Luzviminda International Foundation who challenged the recipients to live by the expectations of the public and to continue to foster public service. JIJ