Held at the Balanghai Hotel, Butuan City. December 21, 2017. The Search recognizes the achievements of DepEd Caraga officials and employees who excelled as public servants. These outstanding public servants have rendered at least three years of government service; have a performance rating of at least Very Satisfactory, or its equivalent for four (4) semestral or two (2) annual rating periods prior to nomination; have not been found guilty of any administrative or criminal offense involving moral turpitude at the time of the nomination; and have not been awarded in any National Search recognized by DepEd.

The Search covers the following award categories:

a. Outstanding School Principal (Elementary and Secondary);
b. Outstanding Master Teacher (Elementary and Secondary);
c. Outstanding SPED Teacher (Elementary and Secondary);
d. Outstanding Teacher (Elementary and Secondary);
e. Outstanding Multigrade Teacher;
f. Outstanding ALS Mobile Teacher;
g. Outstanding Public Schools District Supervisor (PSDS);
h. Outstanding Education Program Supervisor ( Division and Region);
i. Outstanding Non-Teaching Level I Employee (Division and Region, SG 1-9);
j. Outstanding Non-Teaching Level II Employee (Division and Region, SG 10-24)
k. Outstanding Schools Division Office (Small and Medium).

Service Awards were also given to 17 Regional employees who have rendered at least 20 years of government service. The winners in each category received cash prizes in pesos and plaques of recognition.