The Civil Service Commission (CSC) is currently accepting nominations for the 2024 Search for Outstanding Government Workers through its Regional Offices, with the online submission deadline set for 31 March 2024.

As part of the government’s rewards and incentives mechanism under the Honor Awards Program (HAP), the annual search aims to recognize civil servants who have shown utmost dedication and commitment to their work, as well as to inspire other state employees toward deeper involvement in public service.

All government workers in the career and non-career service including appointive barangay officials may be nominated. Employees who are under Job Order or Contract of Service are excluded from the coverage of the program.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has announced the topnotchers in the Career Service Examination - Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) conducted nationwide on 20 August 2023.

Patricia D. Victa from the National Capital Region (NCR) topped the Professional level with a rating of 93.60, while Leonard Brian E. Nicolas, also from NCR, topped the Sub-Professional level with a rating of 90.83.

Completing the list of topnotchers for the Professional level are Mark Angelo R. Montero (Bicol Region) with a rating of 92.59; John Paulo M. Silvestre (NCR) with 92.50; Marc Zeus F. Flauta (Southern Tagalog) with 92.28; Thea A. Malificiar (NCR) with 92.26; Kristine Kaith M. Retoma (Cagayan Valley) with 92.23; Geri Taguian (Southern Tagalog) with 92.05; Louise Giselle C. Buguina (Cagayan Valley) with 92.03; Edsyl John A. Khu (Eastern Visayas) with 92.01; and Russel B. Dumpay (Southern Tagalog) with 92.00.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) reminds government employees to refrain from soliciting gifts and consuming alcoholic beverages within government offices during office Christmas parties.

Addressing the 1.9 million civil servants nationwide, CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles emphasized the importance of celebrating the season conscientiously, reminding government employees that while it is a time for joy and gratitude, it is equally imperative to uphold their responsibilities.

“Alam po natin na ito ay panahon ng pagsasaya at pasasalamat para sa isang pinagpalang taon ng buhay at trabaho na nagdaan, pero huwag din nating kalimutan ang ating responsibilidad bilang mga kawani ng gobyerno. Let us maintain a professional and conducive working environment even during year-end and holiday celebrations,” he said.

In his year-end message to government officials and employees, Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chairperson Karlo Nograles expressed appreciation for the dedication and heroism of civil servants who continue to serve with passion and integrity even in the face of adversity.

He noted how government workers from different fields weathered every crisis with the resilient and enduring spirit that defines Filipinos.

“Mula sa mga healthcare workers na nagtatrabaho nang walang kapaguran upang magligtas ng mga buhay, sa mga guro na nagmumulat ng kaisipan ng mga kabataan, sa mga inhinyero na nagtatayo ng mga tulay na nagdadala sa atin nang mas malapit sa isa't isa, at sa mga social workers na nagbibigay gabay sa mga komunidad—each one of them embodies what it truly means to be a lingkod bayani,” said Chairperson Nograles.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) directed government agencies to intensify the campaign against sexual harassment in the workplace in line with the celebration of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) from 25 November to 12 December 2023.

CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles noted that an alarming rate of 22.8% of employees worldwide, including the Philippines, have experienced violence and harassment at work, based on the study conducted by the International Labour Organization, Lloyd’s Register Foundation, and analytics company Gallup. The study showed that women were slightly more likely than men to have experienced violence and harassment.

“We need to recognize that gender-based sexual harassment is real, and it is still happening not just on the streets but also in the workplace. Our duty as civil servants is to prioritize and intensify the implementation of laws, policies, and programs that make our workplaces a safe and secure environment for women to flourish and succeed,” reminded Chairperson Nograles.