The Civil Service Commission (CSC) organized the first Anti-Red Tape (ART) Summit on 25 October 2023 at the CSC Central Office in Batasan Hills, Quezon City.

The event was designed for those responsible for implementing Republic Act (R.A.) No. 11032, otherwise known as the “Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018” (EODB EGSD).

Focused on the theme “One CSC, One Government Against Red Tape,” the ART Summit sought to fortify the dedication of government agencies in enforcing R.A. 11032 and explore opportunities for collaboration. It also emphasized the important roles of the Anti-Red Tape Division (ARTD) at the CSC Central Office (CO) and the Anti-Red Tape Units (ARTUs) in CSC Regional Offices (ROs) in implementing the EODB EGSD law.

A total of 64,635 examinees passed the Career Service Examination-Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) held on 20 August 2023 in 95 testing centers nationwide, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) reported.

This equates to an 18.72% passing rate among the 345,194 individuals who participated in the test.

Of the total passers, 56,942 examinees hurdled the Professional Level and will be conferred the Career Service Professional Eligibility, while 7,693 passed the Subprofessional Level and will obtain the Career Service Subprofessional Eligibility.

As the country celebrates Mental Health Awareness Month, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) is reminding government agencies of the need to promote the mental health of the 1.9 million state workers nationwide.

According to CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles, agency heads and officials must recognize that the quality of public service delivered to stakeholders depends on government workers' physical and mental health.

"Championing dynamic and resilient government workers, which was the highlight of the month-long celebration of the 123rd Philippine Civil Service Anniversary (PCSA), does not just entail changes in policies and processes. We must also recognize the varying capacities, capabilities, and unseen struggles that affect every civil servant’s well-being and productivity,” said Chairperson Nograles.

Individuals who have earned Latin honors through open distance learning (ODL) programs can now submit applications for civil service eligibility if they wish to pursue a career in the public sector.

This development comes after the Civil Service Commission (CSC) issued CSC Resolution No. 2300615 on 28 July 2023, which extends the coverage for Honor Graduate Eligibility (HGE). As a result, the HGE is now available to bachelor's degree graduates who earned distinctions of summa cum laude, magna cum laude, or cum laude from ODL programs at colleges and universities accredited by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

“The COVID-19 pandemic has sped up the adoption of digital technologies for learning, promoting accessible education despite the lockdown. By including honor graduates from open distance learning in the coverage of HGE, we recognize the role of digitalization in ushering progressive development in academic standards and honing future-ready civil servants,” said CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles.

Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chairperson Karlo Nograles extended his gratitude to Filipino teachers, educators, and members of the academe for their profound impact on the lives of countless individuals.

Chairperson Nograles stated that the pandemic unequivocally established them as the often-overlooked heroes of the nation.

“On behalf of the 1.9 million civil servants and the nation, I extend my heartfelt thanks to you, our beloved teachers,” he said. “The sacrifices you continue to make, the long hours you willingly dedicate, and your influence that extends beyond the four walls of classrooms are proof of your unwavering commitment to the future of our nation.”