New graduates this year, or even those who are already in the job market, may consider working for the government, as she bared that there are a good number of unfilled, thus vacant, jobs in the national bureaucracy—173,366 positions as of the latest count of the Department of Budget and Management.
“New graduates and young professionals can all play more active roles in public leadership and service, and there’s no better place to kick-start positive change than in government itself,” said Baldoz.
“But of course, the Civil Service Commission, which oversees the government bureaucracy, has its separate qualification standards and rules and regulations for civil servants. An aspirant for any government position must pass first the stringent CSC requirements and its rules and regulations before he or she qualifies,” she added.
To be a government employee, an applicant should pass the CSC-set qualification standards, or the minimum and basic requirements for positions in government. The qualification standards serve as the basic guide in the selection of personnel and evaluation of appointments to all positions in government service.
“Jobseekers aiming for a career in government must meet all four basic requirements: education, training, experience, and eligibility,” she said.
She said, however, that non-career positions, such as casual, contractual, and co-terminus employees do not require CSC eligibility. “Appointees to these positions should meet only the education, training, and experience requirements,” she said.
She further explained that positions whose duties involve practice of profession will require the corresponding valid professional license and or certificate of registration from the Professional Regulation Commission, while positions that are primarily confidential in nature are exempted from the qualification standards requirements. These include chiefs of staff, executive assistants, private secretaries, chauffeurs, and other confidential/personal staff of government executives.
The labor and employment chief said the 173, 366 vacancies are part of the 1,205,605 authorized positions in government.
Easily, the national government agency with the most number of unfilled position is the Department of Education, with 54,442 vacancies, mostly for teachers and non-teaching personnel.
The other agencies who belong to the top 20 with the most number of vacancies are (1) Department of Health, 25,129 vacancies; (2) Bureau of Internal Revenue, 12,132; (3) Supreme Court of the Philippines and the Lower Courts, 10,760; (4) Department of Environment and Natural Resources, 6,433; (5) Commission on Audit, 6,086; (6) Autonomous Government in Muslim Mindanao, 4,956; (7) Department of Agriculture, 3,810; (8) Department of Agrarian Reform, 3,488; (9) Philippine National Police, 3,545; (10) Philippine Statistics Authority; 2,800;
(11) Bureau of Customs, 2,785; (12) Department of Public Works and Highways, 2,262; (13) University of the Philippines System, 1,470; (14) Department of Transportation and Communication, 1,263; (15) Armed Forces of the Philippines and AFP-Wide Support Units, 1,248; (16) Office of the Ombudsman, 1,006; (17) Land Registration Authority, 980; (18) National Statistics Office, 954; (19) Commission on Elections, 920; and (20) Department of Social Welfare and Development, 838 unfilled positions.
Other government agencies with hundreds of vacancies are the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, 791; Philippine Air Force, 778; Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, 749; Information and Communications Technology Office, 641; Department of Justice, 628; Department of Interior and Local Government, 623; Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, 616; Environmental Management Bureau, 591; Bureau of Treasury, 581; National Bureau of Investigation, 555; Department of Trade and Industry, 527; Philippine Army, 523; Bureau of Broadcast Services, 522; Philippine Navy, 515; Mines and Geosciences Bureau, 474; Office of the President, 440; and Department of Finance, 412.