His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam graced the 26th Civil Service Day celebration at the Plenary Hall of the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas yesterday.
Accompanying His Majesty were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah; and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The celebration commenced with the singing of the national anthem, followed by the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah by State Mufti Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned.
It continued with the recitation of Surah Al-Ahzab by Education Officer at the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) Pengiran Muhammad Amirul Aiman bin Pengiran Haji Marjuki, while the interpretation was read by Assistant Mosque Affairs Officer at the MoRA Julazni bin Haji Zaini.
Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, in his capacity as the Co-Chairman of the Executive Committee of the 26th Civil Service Day celebration 2019 said that the work culture based on positivity, innovation, responsivity and integrity are the key to empowering the public sector’s human resources to continuously improve the implementation of governance and government policies.
With this year’s theme ‘Civil Service of Integrity and Innovation as Catalyst for National Development’ for the next two years, the minister said, “It emphasises the importance of civil servants to be dynamic and long-term thinking and sustainable in implementing government governance, especially in addressing global challenges, and by continuously holding the values of Code of Ethics and Public Service Work Ethics as well as Tawakkal and Taqwa to Allah the Almighty.” He also announced the introduction of Premier Innovation Award (AIP) for this year’s celebration as recognition to the ministry and government departments which have succeeded in generating innovation and refinement through innovative ideas and have been able to leverage on the technological methods of today and led to the effectiveness of the service and satisfaction of its customers.
Following His Majesty’s titah, the ceremony proceeded with the presentation of videos on ‘Civil Service of Integrity and Innovation as Catalyst for National Development’.
The ceremony also saw a video presentation for the awards presented which included the Excellent Civil Service Employee Award (APCPA), Civil Service Staff Meritorious and Dedication Award (AKB2PA), Public Sector Performance Grading Programme (3PSA) and AIP. His Majesty consented to present the awards and certificates to the recipients of the AIP, 3PSA certificates, APCPA and AKB2PA.
This year, the 3PSA awards were awarded to the Public Service Department at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). The department received certificates of recognition through the Organizational Performance Grading Assessment Programme through Star Rating for achieving three stars (Good).
Meanwhile, AIP awards focusses on Project Work open for government agencies in a group or individually. Eleven Project Works were nominated for assessment this year.
The AIP Silver Award was awarded to the Royal Customs and Excise Department, Ministry of Finance and Economy which received BND5,000. The Bronze Award went to The Achievers team from the Government Printing Department under the PMO which received BND3,000. Both received a plaque, trophy and certificates of appreciation.
The Lifesaver 995 team from the Fire and Rescue Department received the Special Mention Award, and was presented BND3,000 (contributed by Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam) which will be used for the continuation of the implementation project and also certificates of appreciation.
The main goal of the APCPA is to recognise and appreciate civil servants who have shown excellence in work performance, hoping that the award will motivate other civil servants to strive for excellence.
The criteria for this award for selection is based on dedication, performance, personality, discipline, trustworthiness, creativity and innovation.
Meanwhile, 49 government officers from 13 ministries and all employees from Divisions II, III, IV and V received the APCPA awards in recognition of their excellent work performances.
Recipients brought home a plaque, a certificate and BND1,000.
Thirteen civil service staff employees, meanwhile, received the AKB2PA award, which is an acknowledgement of Division V employees who have shown high merit in their service, as well as dedication, leadership and integrity in carrying out their tasks.
The recipients were each awarded a trophy, a medal, a certificate and BND1,000.
The ceremony concluded with the recitation of Doa Selamat, and the singing of national anthem. Before departing, His Majesty signed a commemorative parchment and consented to a group photo with the award and certificate recipients.