Bello enlists CSC support for DOLE’s plan to conduct overseas civil service exam for OFWs

Date Posted: September 26th, 2016 10:30 AM

Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III has sought the support of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to conduct the civil service paper and pencil examination for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong following the sign-up campaign initiated by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO).


“As part of the Department of Labor and Employment’s reintegration campaign to encourage OFWs to return to the country for good, we are working with the Civil Service Commission, through Chairperson Alicia Dela Rosa-Bala, to conduct the civil service professional and sub-professional examination among the OFWs, initially in Hong Kong, since thousands of them are now interested to work in the government under the Duterte administration,” DOLE Secretary Bello said.


In a memorandum, POLO Hong Kong Labor Attaché Jalilo O. Dela Torre informed Secretary Bello that they have conducted the sign-up campaign to realize the dream of many OFWs working in the region to come home, to be with their families, and to work for the government.


Labor Attaché Dela Torre, who has been making representations with CSC officials for the realization of the undertaking, said that the CSC proposed for the paper and pencil examinations in Hong Kong to be held this September.


However, he had to ask them to move the examinations to November due to the teachers’ licensure examination to be administered by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) also in September.


Labor Attaché Dela Torre added that the CSC is now benchmarking with the PRC on the mechanics of holding an examination overseas.


DOLE Secretary Bello expressed optimism that the initiative will support the reverse migration advocacy of the government considering the social cost of migration, especially to the children who are being left behind when one or both parents leave to find better employment.


Noting that thousands of OFWs are interested to be part of the Philippine government service, Secretary Bello reminded them that passing the civil service examination is one of the basic requirements in applying for a position in government.


The career service exams would result in the conferment of either professional or sub professional eligibility appropriate for appointment to corresponding permanent positions in the government.


The examination is open to individuals, regardless of educational attainment, who are Filipino citizens including those holding dual citizenship, at least 18 years old at the time of filing of application, and have not taken the same level of examination within three months before the date of examination.



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