To ensure a healthy and productive workforce, mental and physical fitness programs are needed to promote employee well-being—this was stressed by Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chairperson Karlo Nograles.

Under CSC Resolution No. 1901265 or the Guidelines on the Development of Mental Health Program (MHP) in the Public Sector promulgated on 23 October 2019, and circularized via CSC Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 4, s. 2020, government agencies are mandated to craft and implement a Mental Health Program to promote overall mental wellness and provide an inclusive, conducive, and supportive work environment for public officials and employees. Said resolution is anchored on Republic Act No. 11036 or the Mental Health Act of 2018.

From a model MHP created by the CSC, strategies to promote employee well-being include the conduct of activities such as physical fitness, teambuilding, regular stress management, organized peer counseling, support groups, and interest groups. There is also a need to organize continuing mental health awareness and education activities for the agency’s workforce.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) enjoined all government agencies to use the Philippine Tropical Fabrics (PTF) for employee uniform as a way to instill patriotism and nationalism among public officials and employees.

“We encourage all government agencies to promote the use of local fabrics and textiles by using them as base materials in the uniforms of officials and employees. This is in compliance with Republic Act (RA) No. 9242,” urged CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles.

Under Section 3 of RA No. 9242, entitled "An Act Prescribing the Use of Philippine Tropical Fabrics for Uniforms of Public Officials and Employees and for Other Purposes", the use of PTF is prescribed for official uniforms of government officials and employees, and for other purposes that require the use of fabrics in government offices and functions.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) promulgated the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act (RA) No. 11701, which grants night shift differential pay to government employees.

The law grants compensation premium to government employees, including those in government-owned or controlled corporations (GOCCs), who are occupying the positions/items of Division Chief and below or their equivalent, regardless of the status of their appointment, whose official working hours fall between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. of the following day. The premium is also granted to incumbents of Division Chief positions and below or their equivalent, who are designated as Officers-in-Charge to executive/managerial positions when they are still bound to observe the work hours between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. of the following day.

However, the law does not cover government employees with regular work schedule falling between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.; those whose services are required, or are on call, 24 hours a day, such as the uniformed personnel and others as may be determined by the CSC and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM); and workers under job order or contract of service.

The night shift differential pay shall be at a rate not exceeding 20 percent of the hourly basic rate of the employee, as authorized by the head of agency. In the case of public health workers, the rate shall not be lower than 10 percent of their hourly basic rate.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) is inviting all government workers to join its free online orientation on Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) on 2 March 2023 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Said public webinar aims to educate public officials and employees with the guidelines on properly filling out the SALN form and other CSC issuances on the SALN. It also intends to provide a better understanding on the basis by which the SALN rules are being required of all public officials and employees.

The orientation will be delivered via Zoom webinar, and while the registration to the webinar is already closed, government officials and employees may watch the livestream via the CSC Facebook Page at Registration should be made through this link.

Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chairperson Karlo Nograles expressed his agency’s full cooperation and support to the attainment of the good governance goals under the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2023-2028.

He said that the CSC’s mandate is aligned with Chapter 14 of the new PDP, which talks about the bureaucracy’s bid to practice open, efficient, and accountable governance.

“Guided by a new organizational strategy, the CSC is committed and fully prepared to take an active role in improving governance and bureaucratic efficiency by empowering civil servants and government agencies,” said Nograles.

He stressed that effective human resource and organization development (HR and OD) in the public sector is a critical foundation for the achievement of the entire socioeconomic agenda. “Layunin ng CSC na mapabuti ang pamamahala at pangangalaga sa ating mga kawani ng pamahalaan, sapagkat sila ang ating inaasahan na gumawa ng mahahalagang programa at magbigay ng mahusay na serbisyo para sa taumbayan,” he said.

Mentioned in the PDP 2023-2028 as one of the measures to increase public accountability is the CSC’s Contact Center ng Bayan (CCB), a facility that receives queries, complaints, requests for assistance, messages of commendation or appreciation, and suggestions about government services.