1 September 2021 - An Online Zumba session, which happened today, 1 September at 8 a.m., kicked off the month-long celebration of the 121st Philippine Civil Service Anniversary (PCSA). A total of 10,979 government employees nationwide registered for the event.

Ms. Jill Ngo, leading fitness and licensed Zumba instructor, led the nationwide fitness activity.

Organized by the Civil Service Commission National Capital Region (CSC NCR) in partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), the Online Zumba was streamed via the FCDP Channel at https://fdcpchannel.ph/.

The registered participants are also entitled to watch selected award-winning films—Ang Turkey Man Ay Pabo Rin directed by Randolph Longjas, and Bata Bata Paano Ka Ginawa and Dekada ’70 both directed by Chito S. Roño—starting 10 a.m. on 1 September to 12 m.n. of 12 September also via the FDCP channel.

Proceeds from the activity will go to the CSC’s Pamanang Lingkod Bayani, a program that honors government workers who died in the line of duty through the grant of a one-time financial assistance plus scholarship opportunities to their family members.

The fund-raising event also aimed to promote health and wellness, appreciation of Philippine arts and culture, and celebration of the achievements of Philippine Olympians.

Other activities

The PCSA is held every September pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1050, s. 1997 declaring the month of September as Civil Service Month. The occasion commemorates the establishment of the Philippine civil service system on 19 September 1900 by virtue of Public Law No. 5 (An Act for the Establishment and Maintenance of an Efficient and Honest Civil Service in the Philippine Islands).

The PCSA also serves as a fitting opportunity for civil servants to reaffirm their commitment to public trust, and to celebrate their contributions to nation-building.

Other activities lined up for the PCSA celebration include:
• Public Sector HR Symposium on 15-17 September;
• Online Government Career Fair on 20-24 September;
• Virtual awards ceremony for the 2021 Online Photography Contest on 22 September;
• Virtual awards ceremony for the CSC National Song Writing Contest on 23 September;
• Appreciation program for frontliners in government service on 27 September;
• Special treats/discounts for government workers throughout September.

The CSC introduced a 10-year overarching theme for the PCSA, Transforming Public Service in the Next Decade: Honing Agile and Future-Ready Servant-Heroes, reflecting the path the civil service has to take to build on the gains of last year’s digital transformation efforts in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the role of HR in building a competent and credible workforce in the new normal.

Details on the PCSA activities are available on the CSC website at http://www.csc.gov.ph/pcsa2021.