MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Feb. 28 (PIA)  -  About 120 third year college students of Saint Joseph College in this city who are taking up Business Administration course underwent a two-day training on public service excellence last week.

  The activity, held Feb. 24-25 at the SJC audio-visual room, was meant to give the youth an idea on how to conduct themselves once they become businessmen in the future, to stand out or have a competitive edge among the rest.   Dr. Ma. Crisel Inocando, the students’ professor, told PIA this was the first time an event of this kind was initiated by the school in close cooperation with the Civil Service Commission.   But Inocando said she wanted this institutionalized or held yearly hence, so as to equip her class with basic knowledge and skill in the proper handling of public service, obviously an asset in stiff competition prevalent in society nowadays.   Ms. Sharon Cerro-Fontanar, the resource person who was the Human Resource Specialist at the CSC provincial office, stressed that should the students have the opportunity to become public servants, or join government service someday, they should serve with excellence.   Serving with excellence demands that an employee deliver his or her best to the general or specific public that must be attended to, Inocando said by way of summarizing the gist of Fontanar’s lecture.   Topics on CSC examination, employee benefits, telephone etiquette, appointment, qualification standards, selection and recruitment, as well as salient highlights of the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) were thoroughly discussed, Inocando added.   The students asked questions that needed more clarification during the open forum, even as they expressed gratitude for such an activity that could have an impact in their bright future.   Giving of certificates and class pictorial to immortalize the once-in-a-lifetime moment in their lives capped the two-day gathering, Inocando further said.  (ajc/mmp, with inputs from C. Inocando and GD Molar/PIA8-Southern Leyte)