The Civil Service Commission (CSC) conducted a virtual conference for the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) aimed at further advancing gender mainstreaming in the region.

Held on 23 May 2023 via Zoom, the activity was organized by the CSC through the Civil Service Institute with support from the ASEAN Secretariat.

A total of 26 attendees representing key organizations participated in the event. These included representatives from the ASEAN Secretariat, the ASEAN Cooperation on Civil Service Matters, and the ASEAN Committee on Women from the nine member states such as Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) conducted a two-day program for the agency’s frontline leaders during the 2023 Field Directors Conference on 24-25 May 2023 at the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) Conference Center in Tagaytay. 

CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles, together with Commissioners Aileen Lourdes Lizada and Ryan Alvin Acosta, led the assembly aimed to build solidarity and equip the field directors in 108 CSC Field Offices nationwide with new methods and strategies in leadership needed to address challenges on the ground.

“As our frontliners in the field offices, your inputs and suggestions on our policies and services based on your experiences are most important for the CSC to truly become an organization that is able to deliver the services that the Filipino people deserve,” said Chairperson Nograles.

Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chairperson Karlo Nograles reminded public servants to step up and seize every opportunity to display excellence as it translates to improved public service delivery and efficient client transactions.

Speaking in front of the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) during the agency’s flag-raising ceremony on Monday, 15 May 2023, Chairperson Nograles said that the challenge of building back better post-pandemic requires civil servants to strive for change and not to settle for the status quo.

“Excellence is what distinguishes an ordinary kawani (civil servant) from a lingkod bayani (servant hero). Ngayong nasa proseso tayo ng pagpapanumbalik ng mga nakagawian bago ang pandemya, huwag naman sanang business as usual. Ipakita natin na may mga natutunan tayo at maraming maayos na pagbabago pagdating sa kalidad at husay ng serbisyo publiko,” he said.

Chairperson Karlo Nograles reminded first-time jobseekers eyeing government positions that they may request for a copy of a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from CSC free of charge.

Chairperson Nograles said that individuals applying for employment in career service positions for the first time may avail of one (1) original and one (1) authenticated copy of COE at no cost pursuant to CSC Resolution No. 2000363, which was issued on 21 February 2020 in compliance with Republic Act (R.A.) No. 11261 or the First Time Jobseekers Assistance Act (FTJAA).

The said law provides that government agencies shall collect no fees or charges from a first-time jobseeker (FTJ) provided that the payment is paid in connection with the application documents usually required for employment.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) announced that the applications for the 20 August 2023 Career Service Examination-Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) for Professional and Subprofessional Levels will be from 22 May to 21 June 2023.

In an official statement, CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles said the Commission has already made extensive preparations in anticipation of a significant number of applicants who wish to become part of the country's civil service.

“Ang CSC ay nagkasa ng 97 testing centers sa 16 na rehiyon sa buong bansa bilang paghahanda sa inaasahang dami ng mga aplikante at upang gawing mas accessible ang pag-a-apply para sa CSE-PPT para sa mga interesadong maging bahagi ng serbisyo sibil ng bansa,” he said.