CALBAYOG CITY- In line with the 114th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary, the Civil Service Commission Region VIII conducted a congress celebrating the 2014 Outstanding Public Officials/Employees on September 26, 2014 at Palo Municipal Function Hall, Palo, Leyte. The congress converged heads of agencies, local chief executives, Sanggunian members, PRAISE committee members, human resource management officers and personnel in charge in rewards and recognition.  The event aimed to revisit the policies on rewards and recognition in the civil service and celebrate the exemplary performance of certain government officials and employees. Participants were from the provinces of Leyte, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar and Samar gathered at the Palo Municipal Function Hall and shared series of discussion on rewards and recognition. Highlight of the congress was the recognition rites for the semi-finalists to the 2014 Honor Awards Program in Eastern Visayas followed by the launch of the 2015 Search for the Outstanding Public Officials and Employees. An added attraction was the serenade of one of the semi-finalists of the 2014 Government Chorale Competition, the Calbayog City Chorale. Speakers of the congress were Director IV Victoria F. Esber, Director III Rowin P. Riños, Supvg. PS Sharon C. Fontanar and Cristy Joy Q. Macasil. (MARIANETTE Y.GOMEZ, Admin. Officer V/PIO Designate)