The Government and the whole of Samoa once again paid tribute to the hard work and commitment of its public servants on 29 September 2017. This year marked 6 years since the inception of the Public Service Day. The annual celebration is an opportunity to appreciate the contribution of all public servants to the development of Samoa and the achievement of Government priorities in their respective areas of employment.

The Honourable Prime Minister and also the Minister for the Public Service Commission Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi delivered the keynote address. Tuilaepa reminded and encouraged the public servants to serve the country with professionalism, in a truly coordinated manner and ensuring that all public servants are held accountable for their actions. He also reminded that all public servants must strive to become the solution and not the problem, to be facilitators rather than encumbrances.  Said Tuilaepa, “perhaps at times you may feel that your services have been taken for granted, that they go unrecognized and often criticized. As public servants, we are just those – ‘servants of the public’, and while we may think that such a calling is demeaning, I believe that if you have the heart of God, you will find the grace to serve from a Godly perspective and with Godly humility.”

This year was also the third Public Service and Innovation and Excellence Awards (PSIEA) ceremony, held every two years. The 2017 PSIEA was the fourth of its kind recognizing high performing Public Service employees contributing towards a high performing Public Service.

The PSIEA recipients were awarded for being innovative and for demonstrating high levels of excellence in carrying out their responsibilities, in addressing the challenges encountered in planning for the future and in meeting the needs of our citizens. The PSIEA recognizes individuals and teams and the contributions that they have made to Government programs and services, as well as meeting the needs of the citizenry.

Nominations for the PSIEA were invited from the public at large from March to July 2017. There were a total of 8 Individual award categories and 11 Team award categories.

The PSIEA categories and award recipients were as follows:

Individual Award Categories and Recipients

  1. Public Awareness Initiative

Co-Recipients: Folole Alapati and Katie Pogi of the Meteorology Division; Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) 

  1. Community Participation Initiative

Recipient: Leuluaialiiotumua Faagutu Samuelu, ACEO Corrections Enforcement & Maintenance Division; Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration (MJCA)

  1. Organisational Development and Capacity Building Initiative

Recipient: Leota Aliielua Salani, ACEO Finance Statistics Division; Samoa Bureau of Statistics

  1. Environmental Friendly and Sustainable Development Initiatives

*No nominations received for this category 

  1. Customer Service/Service Delivery Initiative

*One nomination received for this category, however did not meet requirements

  1. Inspirational Leadership

Recipient: Fuiavailili Egon Lincoln Keil, Police Commissioner; Ministry of Police

  1. Recognition of Long Service

Recipient: Marie Margaret Ripley, Second Secretary to the Minister of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment 

  1. People’s Choice

Recipient: Leuluaialiiotumua Faagutu Samuelu, ACEO Corrections Enforcement & Maintenance Division; Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration (MJCA)

Team Award Categories and Recipients

  1. Public Awareness Initiative

Recipient: Firearms Amnesty Team, Ministry of Police

  1. Community Participation Initiative

Recipient: PEN Fa’aSamoa Team, Ministry of Health

  1. Organisational Development and Capacity Building Initiative

Recipient: Meteorology Division Management Team, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment

  1. Use of Technology/Information Management Systems Initiative

Recipient: Digitisation Project for Land and Titles Court Records, Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration

  1. Environmental Friendly/Sustainable Development Initiative

Recipient: Shipping and Marketing Team, Samoa Shipping Services  

  1. Customer Service/Service Delivery Initiative

Recipient: Births, Deaths and Marriages Division, Samoa Bureau of Statistics  

  1. People’s Choice

Recipient: Probation and Paroles Services, Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration

  1. Chairman of the Public Service Commission’s Award for Service Delivery Assessment: Telephone Spot Checks

Recipient: Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

  1. Chairman of the Public Service Commission’s Award for Service Delivery Assessment: Front Desk Spot Checks

Recipient: Ministry for Works, Transport and Infrastructure  

  1. Most Effective Collaborative Partnership with a Private Sector Organization

Recipient: One Scrap Metals 

  1. Most Effective Collaborative Partnership with a Non-Governmental Organization

Recipient: Samoa Victim Support Group

In addition, the Office of the Public Service Commission also acknowledged and recognised the long service and contribution of employees who have served the Government of Samoa continuously over a number of years. The appreciation awards for recognition of service is a new initiative and the Office of the Public Service Commission will continue with these awards in the next PSIEA.

The special awards for recognition of service were awarded to the following 19 employees who have served 30+ years and continue to serve in the Public Service.

FULL NAME CURRENT EMPLOYMENT YEARS OF EMPLOYMENT
Tauloa Auvae Lui Accident Compensation Corporation 40
Ta’uo Mulifusi Togafau Accident Compensation Corporation 32
Tunumafono Sinapi Tautala Tovala Sapa Development Bank of Samoa 39
Taealio Vaai Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture 45
Fuatino Fa’atuuala Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture 42
Luamanuvae Gaugau Mateo Ah Tong Ministry of Health 34
Time Kolone Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment 42
Leiataua Aviga Salale Ministry of Police 41
Fauono Talalelei Tapu Ministry of Police 43
Fuatino Tofi Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 45
Siavata Gale National University of Samoa 50
Vipula Maiava National University of Samoa 49
Metita Va’afusuaga National University of Samoa 43
Ma Fulu Aiolupotea National University of Samoa 43
Seiuli Vaifou Aloaina-Temese National University of Samoa 41
Naumati Vasa National University of Samoa 39
Silafau Dr. Sina Vaai National University of Samoa 37
Tuatu Kalepo Samoa Bureau of Statistics 34
Senara Noaese Te’o Samoa Trust Estate Corporation 42

As noted in the Public Administration Sector Plan 2013/14-2017/18, the awards not only rewards the hardworking, but also motivates Government agencies to develop and promote innovative ways to realize a professional and competent Public Service that provides quality and coordinated service delivery to the people of Samoa.

To improve the next PSIEA, the Office of the Public Service Commission through its Public Service Performance and Policy Division will be sending out a survey in the weeks to come to all Public Service employees to gauge their feedback on this year’s awards.

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