Within the space of six months, the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD) Executive Director (ED) Patricio S. Faylon received two successive presidential citations for his excellent leadership and outstanding government service.
The first award was given by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on June 28, 2010, Faylon was cited for his contribution to the successful implementation of the policies of the Philippine government.
The second citation, which was awarded by President Benigno Simeon Aquino, III, was conferred on January 11, 2011. The PCARRD ED is one of the four awardees for the 2010 GAWAD Career Executive Service (CES).
The GAWAD CES is a presidential award that recognizes members in the CES for exemplary performance and significant contributions, particularly in the areas of innovation, information and communication technology, social services, administrative reforms and public policy.
Recognized in the two presidential citations were Faylon’s constant encouragement and will to uplift the spirit of the organization by pushing PCARRD to vie for the Philippine Quality Award (PQA). On December 10, 2009, the Council was granted with the PQA, Level 1(Commitment to Quality Management) in Malacañan Palace, Manila.
Before the PQA, Faylon led PCARRD to be one of the first Department of Science and Technology agencies to secure an ISO 9001:2000 certification. With his initiative, the organization was also acknowledged by Malacañan as one of the 43 government agencies that successfully implement a quality management system in compliance with the ISO 9001 standards.
As part of the Council’s Continual Improvement Program, the PCARRD ED also pushed for PCARRD’s recertification for ISO 9001:2008.
Faylon was likewise recognized for having extensive linkage with international and local organizations, enabling PCARRD to sustain its resource generation activities.
The PCARRD ED has also helped establish the Techno Gabay Program as PCARRD’s platform for R&D results utilization and transfer. The program provides the framework for a more effective and sustainable strategy for bringing the much needed information and technologies to the countryside. (Pia Paula P. Mateo, S&T Media Service)