No more written career service exams for the rest of 2020 – CSC

Marje Pelayo   •   June 19, 2020   •   731

MANILA, Philippines — The Civil Service Commission (CSC) on Thursday (June 18) announced that it will not be conducting any written career service examinations for the rest of the year in view of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The CSC noted the implementation of public health standards particularly physical distancing, reduced capacity of public transportation, and restriction on mass gatherings, prompted the cancellation of the following civil service examinations via the pen-and-paper test (PPT) mode:

  • Fire Officer Examination, Penology Officer Examination, Basic Competency on Local Treasury Examination scheduled on 21 June 2020;
  • Career Service Examination (CSE) PPT (Professional and Subprofessional Levels) scheduled on 9 August 2020;
  • Intermediate Competency on Local Treasury Examination, Pre-Employment Test, Promotional Test, Ethics-Oriented Personality Test scheduled on 11 October 2020.

Likewise, the conduct of the professional and subprofessional CSE-PPT initially set for March 15 shall be reset for 2021, the agency said, and a separate advisory for the said rescheduled exam will be released by the CSC.

Civil service eligibility exam for government workers set for July 18 at selected testing sites

Marje Pelayo   •   May 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — After the cancellation of last year’s examination due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) has announced that it will push through with the pen and paper test on July 18.

CSC Commission Aileen Lizada clarified, however, that the exams will be open to government workers only and at selected testing sites nationwide.

“Bukas po ito sa mga government workers especially iyong mga job order at contract of service, pagkakataon na ninyo para kayo ay magkaroon ng civil service eligibility,” Lizada said.

“For 2021, we have the pen and paper test nationwide. Doon po sa mga selected regions. Second, pen and paper test [na] agency-based and ‘yung pangatlo po ay ang computerized examination which is ongoing. Regular po ito,” she added.

This year’s pen and paper exams will be conducted at testing sites in Regions I, VI, VII, XII, and the Bangsamoro Administrative Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) where cases of COVID-19 are low as approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19.

In the National Capital Region (NCR), examinations will be held at the participating government agencies.

“Sa NCR marami tayong limitasyon. Ang ginagawa natin sa NCR is agency-based pen and paper test,” Lizada noted.

“Ibig sabihin ang CSC na ang pupunta sa ahensya ng gobyerno at kami na ang magbibigay ng exams subject to the protocols of the IATF,” she added.

The government agencies that agreed to the pen and paper test are as follows:

House of Representatives
Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT)
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Foreign Trade Service Corps
Landbank of the Philippines
Boy Scouts of the Philippines
Land Transportation Office (LTO)
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA)
Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)
Quezon City Task Force on Solid Waste Management
Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region
Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA)
Tourism Operations Board
Office of the President
Presidential Management Staff
Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)
Bureau of Treasury
DepEd National Academy of Sports
Commission on Human Rights (CHR)
Department of Health (DOH)
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DTI)
Department of Transportation (DOTr)
Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA)
Manila International Airport Authority (DOJ)
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO)
Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC)
Department of Finance (DOF)
Senate of the Philippines
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Energy Regulatory Board (ERB)
News and information Bureau
PTV Network Inc.

For the paper and pen test, Lizada said, they have to limit the number of examinees as there are certain protocols that need to be satisfied in relation to the pandemic.

The number will depend on the capacity of the venue given by the specific government agency.

“We will be relying as well sa venue na ibibigay ng ahensya ng gobyerno. Mas malaki, mas mabuti. Open air [ang venue], mas mabuti po,” she said.

Lizada said this year’s exam is a transition as the agency gears towards full online examinations hopefully next year.

CSC includes online platforms in rules vs sexual harassment in gov’t service

Robie de Guzman   •   May 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has amended its rules against sexual harassment in government service to include acts committed through text messaging or email, online platforms and in public spaces.

In a statement, the CSC said it has promulgated Resolution No. 2100064, which states the amended provisions in the 2017 Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service (RACCS), specifically those pertaining to the administrative proceedings for sexual harassment complaints where the offender is a government employee.

“The changes in the 2017 RACCS were primarily made to further deter sexual harassment in the public sector as well as to harmonize said rules with Republic Act No. 11313 or the Safe Spaces Act and its Implementing Rules and Regulations,” the CSC said.

Under the CSC resolution, the definition of the term “sexual harassment” is expanded into the following categories:

  • Sexual harassment in the workplace
  • Sexual harassment in educational and training institution
  • Sexual harassment in streets and public spaces,
  • Online sexual harassment

The commission defines sexual harassment in the workplace as one that is “done verbally, physically, or through the use of technology such as text messaging or email… that has or could have a detrimental effect on the conditions of an individuals’ employment or education, job performance or opportunities”.

It could also be a “conduct of sexual nature affecting the dignity of a person, which is unwelcome, unreasonable and offensive to the recipient”, or one that is “unwelcome and pervasive and creates an intimidating, hostile or humiliating environment for the recipient.”

Consistent with the Safe Spaces Act, the CSC said the amended rules consider as sexual harassment in streets and public spaces those acts such as catcalling, wolf-whistling, and misogynistic, transphobic or sexist slurs committed in alleys, roads, and similar types of public spaces.

It likewise defines gender-based online sexual harassment as “acts that use information and communication technology in terrorizing and intimidating victims” and includes “physical, psychological, and emotional threats, unwanted sexual misogynistic, transphobic, homophobic and sexist remarks and comments online whether publicly or through direct and private messages, invasion of victim’s privacy through cyberstalking and incessant messaging, uploading and sharing without the consent of the victim, any form of media that contains photos, voice, or video with sexual content, any unauthorized recording and sharing of any of the victim’s photos, videos, or any information online, impersonating identities of victims online or posting lies about the victims to harm their reputation, or filing false abuse reports to online platforms to silence victims.”

The same resolution strengthens the role of the Committee on Decorum and Investigation (CODI) in a government agency and averts possible delays in their investigation of complaints of sexual harassment.

While previous policies already require the creation of a CODI in all government agencies, the amended rules mandate the head of agency, or the head of the education or training institution to ensure sufficient number of people to replace any member of the CODI in case of his/her absence or need to inhibit from the case.

The policy also requires that the CODI “be headed by a woman and not less than half of its members shall be women.”

“Either the complainant or the person being complained of may request any member of the CODI to inhibit from the proceedings based on conflict of interest, manifest partiality, and other reasonable grounds. A CODI member may also voluntarily inhibit on the same grounds,” the commission said.

CODI is mandated to ensure that the complainant “does not suffer from retaliation or any disadvantage in terms of benefits or security of tenure, as well as to guarantee the observance of due process, gender-sensitive handling of the cases, and confidentiality of the identity of the parties involved.”

The committee is given 10 days from the termination of the investigation to submit its findings with recommendations to the disciplining authority for decision.

The amended resolution also specifies the duties of the head of agency in preventing and deterring the occurrence of sexual harassment cases, among which are to ensure widest dissemination of the law and rules to all persons in the workplace, the conduct of orientations among employees and distribution of relevant information materials, and conduct of gender sensitivity trainings.

Heads of agencies who will be found remiss on their duties under the revised CSC resolution or not taking action on complaints may be charged with Neglect of Duty.

“Sexual harassment may be classified as light offense, less grave offense, or grave offense depending on the act committed, and may be meted a penalty ranging from a reprimand to outright dismissal from the service,” the CSC said.

The new resolution will take effect on June 1.

Barangay health workers may apply for eligibility — CSC

Marje Pelayo   •   May 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Civil Service Commission (CSC) announced the opening of the application for this year’s special civil service eligibility for volunteer barangay health workers.

A Barangay Health Worker (BHW) is a person who has undergone training programs under any accredited government and non-government organization.

They are those who voluntarily render primary health care services in the community upon accreditation by the local health board and in accordance with guidelines of the Department of Health (DOH).

The CSC grants Barangay Health Worker Eligibility (BHWE) to qualified applicants which they can use in applying for permanent positions in the government.

The eligibility entitles them to benefits and incentives for accredited BHWs in recognition of their services, pursuant to Republic Act No. 7883, or the Barangay Health Workers’ Benefits and Incentives Act of 1995.

The law also provides that, should the BHW later becomes a permanent employee of the government, his/her volunteer services shall be credited for the purpose of computing retirement benefits.

The BHWE is considered appropriate for first level positions in the government, except for:

1) Positions under Category I of CSC MC No. 11, s. 1996 and CSC MC No. 3, s. 2008, which require passing the TESDA trade tests;

2) Positions under Category IV of CSC MC No. 11, s. 1996, as amended by CSC Resolution No. 974554, which require licenses issued by competent authority;

3) Stenographer positions for these require special skills and competencies; and

4) Positions that require passing Board examinations or those which are governed by special laws.


Requirements for Application

A Local Health Board-accredited barangay health worker should:
– complete at least two years of college education leading to a college degree;
– has voluntarily rendered at least five years of continuous active and satisfactory service as an accredited BHW to the community.

For purposes of the grant of BHWE, services rendered to the community should meet all of the following requisites:

• The services must be voluntary, meaning, the BHW has not been employed and has not received any form of salary or compensation, except honorarium, in the entirety of the five-year period for service requirement. However, BHWs who had been hired by agencies under Job Order status and/or Contract of Service may still qualify for the grant of BHWE.

• The services rendered must be continuous for a minimum period of five years, meaning, the BHW should have served actively and satisfactorily on a full-time basis; and

• The services rendered shall be under the accredited status of the BHW, meaning, the applicant should already have been accredited by the Local Health Board before rendering the five-year service requirement.

Only services rendered starting 20 February 1995, the date of approval of R.A. 7883, shall be recognized.

Applications may be filed with the CSC Regional or Field Office having jurisdiction over the barangay where the applicant has rendered services.

The complete list of requirements and application procedures may be accessed from the CSC website at

So far, the CSC has granted the BHWE to 216 volunteer health workers in the last five years.


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