Updated: 05/19/2014 18:52

Public officers mark Public Service Week with series of events

Public officers mark Public Service Week with series of events

This year's Public Service Week kicked off today (19-25 May) with the theme "Walking In Step as One Public Service". 

Started in 2008, the annual event aims to remind public officers of the important role they play in nation building, and the need to serve with dedication and commitment. 

The Public Service employs some 139,000 public officers working in 16 ministries and more than 50 statutory boards. 

The week-long event also recognises the good work of public officers and agencies. 

The Public Service division said there will be a series of activities for public officers, including observance ceremonies, learning journeys, a tea reception at the Istana and an awards ceremony.

In this year's Public Service Week video message to public officers, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is also Minister in charge of the Civil Service, recognised the different ways public officers helped to make life better for Singaporeans, and thank them for their hard work. 

He said, "Our officers dedicate themselves in so many different ways to making life better for Singaporeans and to make Singapore better. I would like to thank all of you for your hard work. We, like your families, are all proud of you. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to making Singapore better for all of us." 

President Tony Tan Keng Yam will host about 650 public officers to a tea reception at the Istana on Thursday.

These officers include some 32 long service medallists and 108 PS21 Star Service awardees. 

On Friday, DPM Teo will present 177 awards to public officers and agencies in recognition of their service and organisational excellence respectively, as well as to members of the public who have made significant contributions as customers.

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