The Civil Service Commission (CSC) conferred the posthumous Parangal sa Lingkod Bayani award to Leilani G. Naga, former Agriculturist II of the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) under the Department of Agriculture on December 1, 2014 during the flag-raising ceremony of CSC at its central office in Batasan Hills, Quezon City.

CSC conferred the award in recognition of Naga’s selfless dedication to prioritize the agriculture sector and the people relying on rainfall over her life.

Naga died along with other colleagues when the six-seater Beechcraft Baron jet plane they used for cloud seeding operations exploded in mid-air and crashed on a cornfield in Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya on April 27, 2014.

Rev. Father Frederick Naga, nephew of the awardee, received the plaque of citation from CSC Chairman Francisco T. Duque III on behalf of the Naga family. Chairman Duque also awarded a check worth P100,000.00 as financial assistance. Also present during the awarding were DA Usec Antonio A. Fleta, BSWM Director Silvino Q. Tejada and BSWM Asst. Director Sonia M. Salguero.

The Parangal sa Lingkod Bayani was conceived by the CSC as a tribute to public officials and employees who died in the line of duty, performing their job  in the pursuit of their functions, duties and responsibilities as public servant.  (Jan P. Dacumos, DA-AFID)