The Civil Service Commission (CSC) and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of San Agustin, Romblon officially signed the Deed of Donation for the parcel of land that will house the CSC Field Office Romblon.

The signing ceremony took place on 11 August 2023 at the CSC Central Office in Quezon City.

CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles and San Agustin Mayor Esteban SF. Madrona, Jr., together with CSC Commissioners Aileen Lizada and Ryan Acosta, CSC Regional Office IV Director IV Maria Leticia Reyna, and San Agustin Municipal Planning and Development Officer Concepcion Angela Quijano, led the ceremonial signing of the deed of donation for the 600sqm lot located in Barangay Poblacion, San Agustin, Romblon.

“Kami po ay nagpapasalamat sa very generous donation na ibinigay ninyo sa amin. Itong field office natin, mas accessible na para sa Romblomanons. We’ll make sure that we’ll have a space there for trainings, for learning and development, and for many other interventions na ginagawa natin dito sa CSC,” said CSC Chairperson Nograles.

In his message, Mayor Madrona conveyed the difficulties encountered by examinees from Tablas Island, who frequently have to travel via ferry to the main island of Romblon as early as Thursday or Friday before the scheduled Civil Service Examination Pen and Paper Tests (CSE-PPT) on Sundays, often resulting in instances of being stranded or stuck in the port.

He emphasized that the establishment of the new CSC Field Office in San Agustin, Romblon, will offer a more convenient and easily reachable testing facility, capitalizing on San Agustin's position as the entry point to Tablas Island.

“Let’s hope na kapag dito na tayo magpa-exam sa San Agustin, we can cater to nine neighboring municipalities. Hindi na nila kailangan tumawid ng barko. This is not only a reaffirmation of San Agustin; I think other mayors within Tablas will also be very happy about this project. We are really looking forward to this new CSC Field Office,” said Mayor Madrona.

Chairperson Nograles added that the new office, which is slated for construction in 2024, will stand as a symbol of the CSC's unwavering dedication to the public good, benefiting not only San Agustin but the entire province of Romblon. This effort aims to bring government services in proximity to the citizens, ultimately improving the provision of public services.

“We commit to make the CSC’s presence stronger and more relevant in your province, and in San Agustin particularly, thru human resource (HR) management and organization development initiatives. This is because we believe that excellent HR practices result in excellent public service delivery. Mabuhay ang Romblon, mabuhay ang serbisyo publiko,” added Chairperson Nograles.

Also present to witness the ceremonial signing were CSC Acting Assistant Commissioners Judith A. Dongallo-Chicano and Karin Litz P. Zerna, Office for Legal Affairs Director IV Alma Flores-Foronda, Office for Financial and Assets Management Acting Director IV Maria Victoria M. Salazar, CSC Region IV Directors III Radne B. Jomuad and Josephine R. Altura, and CSC Region IV Field Office Directors II Rafael Prado, Charity Arevalo and Nancy Asilo.

Joining Mayor Madrona were his wife, Dr. Lilian Madrona, San Agustin Municipal Treasurer Gil L. Gallamoza, Municipal Assessor Neil T. Faigao, and Municipal Accountant Hermelyn P. Crespo.