Workers in government who have been in the service for at least 10 years and have acquired relevant knowledge and skills but do not possess the appropriate civil service eligibility are encouraged to apply for the Grant of Career Service Eligibility – Preference Rating (CSE-PR).

Under Civil Service Commission (CSC) Resolution No. 2301123 promulgated on 7 December 2023, a Preference Rating of a maximum of 10 points shall be added to the failed rating range (70.00 to 79.99) to achieve the passing rate of 80.00 for qualified applicants in Career Service Examinations (CSEs), thereby qualifying them for Career Service Professional or Subprofessional eligibility.

CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles acknowledged the prevalent circumstance where numerous government employees, driven by a genuine commitment to public service, find themselves lacking the requisite civil service eligibility.

“In recognition of these government workers who have already contributed so much in our efforts to provide efficient public service, the CSC has resolved to grant them with CSE preference rating under specific conditions,” he added.

Individuals planning to take the upcoming Career Service Examination-Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) on 3 March 2024 may still file their application in designated Civil Service Commission (CSC) Regional Offices (ROs) or Field Offices (FOs) until Friday, 12 January 2024.

The extended application period was a response to growing interest in the CSE-PPT Professional and Subprofessional Levels. The CSC announced that additional working days have been provided to accommodate more applicants.

“By extending the filing period in regions with the most number of applicants, we hope to surpass the 345,194 individuals who took the 20 August 2023 Career Service written examination alone,” said CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has announced the topnotchers in the Career Service Examination - Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) conducted nationwide on 20 August 2023.

Patricia D. Victa from the National Capital Region (NCR) topped the Professional level with a rating of 93.60, while Leonard Brian E. Nicolas, also from NCR, topped the Sub-Professional level with a rating of 90.83.

Completing the list of topnotchers for the Professional level are Mark Angelo R. Montero (Bicol Region) with a rating of 92.59; John Paulo M. Silvestre (NCR) with 92.50; Marc Zeus F. Flauta (Southern Tagalog) with 92.28; Thea A. Malificiar (NCR) with 92.26; Kristine Kaith M. Retoma (Cagayan Valley) with 92.23; Geri Taguian (Southern Tagalog) with 92.05; Louise Giselle C. Buguina (Cagayan Valley) with 92.03; Edsyl John A. Khu (Eastern Visayas) with 92.01; and Russel B. Dumpay (Southern Tagalog) with 92.00.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) is currently accepting nominations for the 2024 Search for Outstanding Government Workers through its Regional Offices, with the online submission deadline set for 31 March 2024.

As part of the government’s rewards and incentives mechanism under the Honor Awards Program (HAP), the annual search aims to recognize civil servants who have shown utmost dedication and commitment to their work, as well as to inspire other state employees toward deeper involvement in public service.

All government workers in the career and non-career service including appointive barangay officials may be nominated. Employees who are under Job Order or Contract of Service are excluded from the coverage of the program.

In his year-end message to government officials and employees, Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chairperson Karlo Nograles expressed appreciation for the dedication and heroism of civil servants who continue to serve with passion and integrity even in the face of adversity.

He noted how government workers from different fields weathered every crisis with the resilient and enduring spirit that defines Filipinos.

“Mula sa mga healthcare workers na nagtatrabaho nang walang kapaguran upang magligtas ng mga buhay, sa mga guro na nagmumulat ng kaisipan ng mga kabataan, sa mga inhinyero na nagtatayo ng mga tulay na nagdadala sa atin nang mas malapit sa isa't isa, at sa mga social workers na nagbibigay gabay sa mga komunidad—each one of them embodies what it truly means to be a lingkod bayani,” said Chairperson Nograles.