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Ms. Nueva Gracia Alog, a member of the Tacurong City Employees Association (TACEA), was crowned Hiyas ng PSEAS 2013 among 12 candidates representing employees associations of municipal, city, and provincial government units in Region XII.
The pageant was part of the socio-cultural celebration of the 13th Foundation Anniversary of the PSEAS or Public Sector Employees Alliance in SOCSKSARGEN on 18 October 2013 in Coco Beach, Glan, Sarangani.
Alog seized the crown with her wit and grace especially during the final interview. To the question “Are you in favor of death penalty as punishment for public servants who will be found guilty of graft and corruption?” Alog answered “No. Though they have committed such sin, I still do not believe they deserve death as a punishment. I still believe in life. But definitely, we are after their imprisonment”. Alog, 31, was the second TACEAn to win the title. Hiyas ng PSEAS 2012 was TACEAn Ma. Teresa Dinero.
TACEAns were unstoppable in showing their support for Alog during the event. “Everytime I hear the applause of my fellow TACEANs, I felt more confident walking on that stage,” she said. In her speech before LGU-Tacurong employees on 21 October 2013, Ms. Alog was all tears while thanking the city government and her family for the support that gave her the drive to excel in the competition.
“Now that I am Hiyas, I can say that I have accomplished something and have proven my worth not just as an individual but as a part of the TACEA and LGU-Tacurong family,” the newly crowned Hiyas 2013 said.
The representative of the General Santos City Employees Association was declared 1st runner-up while the Sarangani Province Employes Union representative was declared second runner-up. Others who made it to Top 5 were T’boli Rank and File Employees Association (3rdrunner-up) and Tupi Local Government Employees Association (4thrunner-up).
This year’s pageant was open to PSEAS union members who are 30 years old and above.
Aside from conquering the Hiyas ng PSEAS 2013, TACEA also ruled the dance floor during the Pop Dance Competition. TACEA Dance Crew was declared as Pop Dance Champion, beating 9 other contenders.
“This success means so much to TACEA since we value each member’s involvement in all our endeavors,” TACEA President Amelia Bochorno said.
PSEAS Socio-Cultural Competition is conducted every two years.
PSEAS is an alliance of 24 public sector employee unions in Region XII. Jezereel Louise C. Billano