Public Service Awards Winners 2019
Distinguished Public Service Career Award 2019
Award of Innovation
In 2016, Henry Sanchez realized that the DOE needed a water and wastewater laboratory. Henry did research on laboratory technologies and identified key equipment necessary to establish the lab. He also identified key courses centered on the establishment and management of a laboratory. With the approval of the Chief Environmental Officer he was able to purchase the equipment and attend several important courses. By mid-2017, the DOE water and wastewater laboratory was functional, taking its first steps. Today, Henry is highly trained in ISO/IEC 17025:2017 “General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibrating Laboratories”. He is DOE’s laboratory water analyst and one of the most competent in this field.
Alberto Rene Garcia is a Forest Man at heart.! He was born on the 31st of March 1973 to the lifelong deceased Forestry Ranger Mr Garcia. As “Beto” would say, “Forestry is in my blood”, and upon finishing high school Alberto applied for a vacant Forest Guard post, which marked the commencement of his lifetime commitment to the Forest Department.
One hot Sunday afternoon Alberto Garcia was on patrol with other officers when his fellow team member fell sick and collapsed. Without hesitation Mr. Garcia administered repeated CPR on the officer. The officer sadly died and Mr. Garcia made sure the body of his college was not left there he and the others would see to it that the body was carried out.
Excellence in Citizen/Customer focused delivery
Ms. June professionalism far exceeds what is expected. In fulfilling her payroll duties, Mrs. Flores has been the officer tasked to deal with the public especially in responding to telephone queries via the main line. The reason for this assignment is that from the onset, management observed that she exhibited excellent telephone etiquette and superior professionalism in the manner that she dealt with the public. Be it officers from different ministries who brought payroll maintenance, or a troubled public officer with a payroll issue she would be extremely helpful in directing this officer through the right channel and ensuring that their concerns are dealt with. Likewise, in the answering of telephone calls Mrs. Flores execute these duties impeccably, she is well equipped to deal with mannerly and the ill-mannered that call in to the Payroll Section.
The Immigration Information Technology Office
Award of innovation
The Immigration Information Technology Office (IITO) comprises of a team of seven Information Technology (IT) professionals operating different areas of expertise. Albeit a young team, IITO has now paved the way to leading software systems in the Immigration Department. Last year 2018 the team developed a registration system for refugees in Belize that produces modern security engraved identification cards and on the fly statistics.
The immigration IT office is using technology in a creative way to transform immigration services from a manual paper-based process to a more efficient and digital process. The team is focused and driven by the objective to streamline all Immigration services while enhancing efficiency in every service area, improving security in data handling, and decreasing service wait time. The Ministry with the support of a solid Information Technology Team is fulfilling the mandate of supporting and enabling data sharing and e-governance according to the National E-Government Policy of 2015-2018.
Distinguished Public Service Career Award
Ms. Yvonne Davis served the greater part of her life as a public officer. Her strength is that she brings structure in everything that is done. This include the development of clearly outlined policies and procedures. She has empowered education officers to improve the quality of performance in the work that is mandated by the education regulations. She has design structures that are currently in place to move education forward. Ms. Yvonne Davis has labored and never wavered in her contribution to the development of our country.