The University of Santo Tomas, through the Human Resource Department (HRD), paid tribute to its employees through the “Hiyas sa Gitna ng Pandemya” or the 13th and 14th Hiyas ng UST Awards covering the years 2020 and 2021.
“The pandemic will not hinder the University from giving due recognition and honor to all members of the support staff who have given the best of their selfless years of service to UST,” said UST Human Resource Department Director Atty. Jacqueline O. Lopez-Kaw, DCL. The video presentation was livestreamed through the UST-HRD Facebook page.
UST Vice Rector and Manpower Committee Head Rev. Fr. Isaias D. Tiongco, O.P., commended the dedication of the Thomasian workforce, saying that, “The pandemic has modified the dynamics of work. Work from home arrangements have become the order of the day, but this did not deter [our support staff] from being mindful of their duties and responsibilities.”
For the 2019 St. Joseph the Worker Award, which is given to employees who have not been late and have not taken leaves, Maila R. Relos from the College of Nursing was recognized.
The St. Joseph the Worker Award for 2020 was presented to Carlo Jay B. Buenaventura and Joel D. Ovejera from the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery; Allan C. Calingasan from the Office of the Rector; Ernesto C. Gutierrez, Jr., and Franz Kevin P. Salvador from the Faculty of Pharmacy; Twinkle R. Rana from the UST Museum; John Benedict S. Rebello from the Office of Alumni Relations; and Rafael A. Travilla from the Miguel de Benavides Library
Service Awards were also presented to honor employees who have dedicated years of loyal service to the University.
For 2020, nine members of the support staff reached the 40 years of service milestone, namely, Adolfo G. Aguirre from the Laboratory Equipment and Supplies Office; Human Resource Department Assistant Director Rowena R. Castro; Office of the Vice-Rector for Finance Secretary Emelina A. Certeza; Lorna Gonzales from the College of Science; Rolando D. Pagkalinawan and Johnny C. San Juan from the Facilities Management Office; Consuelo M. Pardiñez from the Faculty of Pharmacy; Jimmy D. Payot from the Office of the Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs; and Filipina Tagaban from the Office of the Registrar.
For 2021, Service Awards for 40 years of service were presented to Gregorio S. Estioko from the College of Science; Roberto B. Evangelista from the Office of Student Affairs; Henry C. Gimenez from the Laboratory Equipment and Supplies Office; Priscila P. Mercado from the Budget Office; Wilma C. Orate from the Accounting Division; Ma. Carmelia F. Santos from the Research Center for Social Sciences and Education; Nenita B. Tan from the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery; and Fe B. Tiangco from the Research Center for Culture, Arts, and Humanities.
Evangeline D. Panizal from the Miguel de Benavides Library received the 2021 Service Award for 45 years.
Two employees received the Special Award 2021. It is given to those with professional development achievements. The recipients were: Office Assistant for Media, Events, and Special Visits Michaella O. Lagniton , who was recognized for obtaining her Master of Arts in Communication degree from the UST Graduate School. For having published her research, the Office Assistant for Community Development Ms. Abegail Martha S. Abelardo, from the UST SIMBAHAYAN Community Development Office was likewise awarded.
Noting the viability of the transition to work-from-home arrangements due to the pandemic, UST Rector Very Rev. Fr. Richard G. Ang, O.P., PhD., said in his closing remarks that, “The HIYAS ng UST Awards is genuine proof that our support staff can cope with the current mode and also excel in their work, as well as engage effectively with the University’s internal and external stakeholders via online platforms.”
“Whether there is a pandemic or not, members of our support staff are always there to provide invaluable assistance in order to ensure that work is made easier and done more effectively,” the Father Rector emphasized.
The 13th and 14th HIYAS ng UST Awards may be viewed at the UST HRD Facebook page through this link.