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By Art Tibaldo

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Monday, January 6, 2014


I HAVE worked under the Philippine government for almost three decades already starting from a short lived stint as a News Video Editor of the defunct Maharlika Broadcasting System that was labeled as a public media station serving then President Ferdinand E. Marcos. I was a VTR Editor at the Newscenter-4 and my entry to a government office was short lived when the Edsa People Power broke in February 1986.

Without much regret, I decided to return home rather than sticking it out with a Martial Law sequestered asset considering that my provisionary status was also within the election ban period. Back in Baguio, I volunteered under the new revolutionary government of President Corazon Aquino and soon took all necessary examinations to be where I am today.

Under Philippine laws aimed at curbing graft and corrupt practices, the Civil Service Decree of the Philippines declares that it shall be the policy of the State to insure and promote the Constitutional mandate that appointments in the civil service shall be made only according to merit and fitness, to provide within the public service of personnel administration, and to adopt measures to promote morale and the highest degree of responsibility, integrity, loyalty, efficiency, and professionalism in the Civil Service.

Presidential Decree 807 states that the Civil Service Commission shall be the central personnel agency to set standards and to enforce the laws and rules governing the selection, utilization, training, and discipline of civil servants; that a public office is a public trust and public officers shall serve with the highest degree of responsibility, integrity, loyalty and efficiency and shall remain accountable to the people; and that action on personnel matters shall be decentralized, with the different departments and other offices or agencies of the government delegating to their regional offices or other similar units, powers and functions.

Accordingly, summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude graduates may qualify for the Honor Graduate eligibility of the Civil Service Commission, depending on the status of their completed degree. CSC Resolution No. 1302214 clarified that the bachelor’s degree must be recognized by the Commission on Higher Education for those who graduated in private universities and colleges in the country; for those of state and local universities and colleges, the degree should be included in their charter or approved by their Board of Trustees/Regents. However, honor graduates of master’s and doctorate degrees are not covered.

According to the CSC, Career Service Professional and Sub-professional examinations are open to applicants regardless of educational attainment and those who completed their college degrees less than the usual four or five years would still qualify as the eligibility grant shall apply “regardless of the number of years of completion.”
To qualify for a permanent or regular position in the government service, applicants for both professional and sub-professional levels must; be Filipino citizens, at least 18 years old, and of good moral character; have no criminal record or have not been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude; have not been dishonorably discharged from military service or dismissed for cause from any civilian position in the government and have not taken the same level of career service examination within three months from last examination taken.

A check with www.csc.gov.ph will tell everyone that Career Service Examination (Professional and Sub-Professional levels) may be taken through either Paper and Pencil Test or PPT. The CSE-PPT is conducted nationwide twice or thrice a year subject to the approval of the Commission. Filing of applications for the CSE-PPT is through the CSC Regional or Field Offices and we have one in Baguio just within the Military Cut-Off area. Those contemplating to take the exams are advised to refer to the Examination Announcement, which the CSC officially issues for each schedule of the CSE-PPT. Another option is the Computer Assisted Test or CAT which is conducted at the Civil Service Commission Central Office (CSCCO), IBP Road, Batasan Hills, Quezon City, and in selected CSC Regional Offices (CSCRO) such as CSC-CAR, Baguio City. For the CAT, applicants must accomplish Application Form CS Form No. 100 with other needed items such as I.D. pictures and other documents needed by the CSC. Those who passed the examination must personally claim their Certificates of Eligibility at the CSC Regional Office/Field Office upon presentation of required documents. I wish all applicant good luck. cnatelevision@gmail.com.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 07, 2014.

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