By: Erwin G. Beleo
PUBLIC SERVANT – 63-year-old midwife Purita Christy Flora Suarnaba, interviews her constituents at Barangay Health and Wellness station in Catbangen, San Fernando City, La Union. (Photo by: ERWIN BELEO)
SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – A 63-year-old midwife from the City Government of San Fernando was recognized for her 40 years of public service during the commemoration of the 117th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary dubbed “Tugon sa hamon ng pagbabago, malasakit ng lingkod bayani” held in front of the City Hall last Monday 04 September 2017.
Mrs. Purita Christy Flora Suarnaba is a native of San Isidro, Naguilian town. In May 1977, she started working as a village midwife at the age of 23. For 12 years, she worked for the provincial government of La Union where she was often deployed to several remote areas. She was also assigned at Barangay Bacsil where she met her husband Ricardo. She currently resides in Barangay Catbangen with her husband and two teenage daughters.
“Humble ka lang, huwag mong ipagmayabang ang yaman mo,” said in an interview. “Magsimula ka sa baba, hanggang pataas at huwag mamili ng trabaho,” she added.
She also shared a story when a villager was about to give birth in her assigned area, “Doon na rin ako natutulog sa Barangay Center upang tugunan ang mga pangangailangan ng residente na hindi makapunta sa mga ospital,” Suarnaba said describing how she provided healthcare assistance to the community.
Aside from Suarnaba, 59-year-old Ms. Marlyn S. Cortez, a city nurse from CHO, was also commended for her public service of 35 years during the awarding ceremony.
For this year’s Civil Service month celebration, the City Government granted awards to 107 city employees, including Suarnaba and Cortez, for their performance, work ethics and loyal service. The awarding ceremony was attended by the city employees led by Mayor Hermenegildo Gualberto and Vice-Mayor Alfredo Pablo Ortega together with the city councilors and Civil Service Commission Acting Director Hedy Jose B. Lardizabal.