Bontoc, Mountain Province – Officials and employees of the Bontoc municipal government are one in promoting physical health amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of the celebration of the Civil Service Month this September and the 113th Bontoc Founding Anniversary and 17th Am-among on September 16, 2021, the municipal government, through the Human Resource Management Office (HRMO), initiated the conduct of Zumba exercise at the Bontoc Municipal Capitol lobby.
According to HRM Officer Arleen Eickmee Gasmeña, the Zumba exercise is scheduled for the whole month of September, every Thursday, from 3:30- 4:430 PM with Kate Yawan as the Zumba instructor.
Gasmeña remarked that government workers, at times, forget to allot time for their health, amidst too much time for work, thus, one of way of combating stress is through Zumba exercise.
Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey immediately approved the conduct of the Zumba exercise recognizing that health is the greatest wealth.
“The best we can give to ourselves is health. Health that we get at the right time of the day, the amount of drinking water, eating the right nutritious food, and proper exercise, like Zumba,” Odsey added.
He further said that the Zumba exercise is a way of making every official and employee healthy, at the same time creating unity and bonding among the workforce of the municipal government.
Other activities conducted in celebration of Civil Service Month this year include a bloodletting drive, tree planting, hanging of tarpaulin, and giving recognition to the best-performing employee of the municipal government.
Civil Service Month is celebrated every month of September pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1050, series of 1997. This year’s celebration is guided with a 10-year overarching theme, “Transforming Public Service in the Next Decade: Honing Agile and Future-Ready Servant-Heroes”, that calls to reflect the path of the civil service the civil service has to take to build on the gains of last year’s modernization efforts in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the role of human resources in building a competent and credible workforce in the new normal. By Alpine L. Killa