In line with the celebration of the 121st Philippine Civil Service Anniversary, three (3) regional entries to the 2021 National Songwriting Contest were deliberated on by the Region 1 Screening Committee on 9 August 2021 at the CSC Regional Office I, San Fernando City, La Union.

The song entries were “Alay sa Bayan” composed by Mark Greg D. Nisperos and written by Dr. Rolando Q. Mallari, both from the Local Government Unit of Aringay, La Union; “Isang Bayani (A Hero)” by Nedel Nixxie Lorraine C. Libunao of the Department of Education – Aringay, National High School, Aringay, La Union; and “Huwag kang Sumuko” by Adiel A. Jasmin of the Bureau of Fire Protection, Dasol, Pangasinan.

The entries were screened based on creativity (40%), melody (30%), lyrics (20%), and overall likeability (10%). The songs, all in Filipino, were required to adhere to the theme of the 121st PCSA, “Transforming Public Service in the Next Decade: Honing Agile and Future-Ready Servant Heroes”. The entries were all original composition, with all rights, including copyright, owned by the contestants.

The regional winning entry was later submitted to CSC Regional Office IV for national deliberation, which was also held in August 2021. Of the seventeen (17) regional entries, the winning piece shall be used by the CSC as competition song in the succeeding Government Choral Competition, to be arranged and sung in a cappella by different choral groups. It shall also be used in future official activities and projects of the CSC.
The Regional Screening Committee was chaired by CSC RO I Director IV Hedy Jose B. Lardizabal, with Dr. Clarence B. Panem and Prof. Manuel N. Engaño, Jr. both of the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University – Mid La Union Campus, as members. Serving as Secretariat were Rainier G. Repollo and Dexter B. Pascua also of CSC RO I.
The regional winning entry shall be announced through the CSC RO I social media. (pald)