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Deputy Court Administrator Justice NIMFA CUESTA-VILCHES of the

Office of the Court Administrator, Supreme Court of the Philippines is

the 2009 Presidential LINGKOD BAYAN Awardee. This is the highest
category in the annual search by the Civil Service Commission (CSC)
for outstanding government officials and workers in the country.

The Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award is conferred to an individual or

group of individuals for exceptional or extraordinary contributions
resulting from an idea or performance that had nationwide impact on
public interest, security and patrimony. The contribution may be a
suggestion, innovation or superior accomplishment. Winners receive a
gold (gilded) medallion expertly crafted by the Banko Sentral ng
Pilipinas, a Presidential Plaque containing the citation and signature of
the President of the Philippines and a cash prize of One Hundred
Thousand Pesos (Php100,000.00).

The Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award is conferred on to Justice NIMFA

C. VILCHES for her outstanding contributions in making justice
available for all and her advocacies on women and children’s rights.
She carried on with the Supreme Court’s Justice on Wheels program,
giving free legal aid and assistance to the poor and needy, which
expedited the hearing of minor cases and led to the release of more
than a thousand detained prisoners. She spearheaded information and
education campaign for farmers, fisherfolks and indigenous people of
their rights under the law. In her 26 years of public service in the
Supreme Court, she has displayed professionalism and efficiency in the
execution of her responsibilities.

"Pursuant to Sec. 5, Executive Order No. 508, dated March 2,

1992, as amended by Executive Order No. 77, dated March 31,
1993, a Lingkod Bayan Awardee is entitled automatic
promotion to the next higher position suitable to their
qualifications and with commensurate salary; provided, that, if
there is no next higher position or it is not vacant, said
position shall be included in the next budget of the office,
except when the creation of a new position would result in
distortion in the organizational structure of the department,
office or agency. Where there is no next higher position
immediately available, a salary increase equivalent to the next
higher position shall be given and incorporated in the basic
pay. When a new position is created, that which is vacated
shall be deemed abolished.
The Awardees: