Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chairperson Karlo Nograles joined heads of government agencies in signing the Joint Operational Guidelines (JOG) for Republic Act No. 11261 or the First Time Jobseekers Assistance Act (FTJAA) at the Kingsford Hotel Grand Ballroom in Parañaque City on Friday, 12 May 2023.

“The ceremonial signing activity is the culmination of the collective and collaborative effort of the member agencies in implementing the benefits provided by the law for fresh graduates, out-of-school-youth, and part-time students towards improving the quality of our national workforce,” said Chairperson Nograles.

Under the FTJAA, which was signed into law on 10 April 2019 and became effective on 23 May 2019, no fees or charges shall be collected by concerned government agencies from any first time jobseekers (FTJ) requesting common pre-employment documents as long they meet the following criteria: (1) a Filipino citizen; (2) a first time jobseeker, regardless of age; (3) is actively looking for employment; and (4) is a resident of the barangay issuing the barangay certification.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) stressed the need for government agencies to put in place measures that promote a healthy workplace, saying that a healthy public sector workforce is a productive workforce.

CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles said, “We count on our civil servants to run the day-to-day operations of government. Amid the multitude of varying, complex needs of the Filipino people, we need to recognize the importance of employee health and wellness.”

“Research shows that employees in good health are more likely to deliver optimal performance in the workplace because, not only do they have better quality of life, but they also benefit from having a lower risk of disease, illness, or injury,” he added.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) invites government employees to enroll and participate in the learning and development (L&D) programs offered by the Civil Service Institute (CSI) for May 2023.

CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles announced that CSI, as the training and development arm of the CSC, is offering various online and in-person courses from 2 to 23 May 2023 to enrich civil servants' knowledge and address competency gaps in the workforce.

“Patuloy na nag-aalok ang CSC ng training courses para sa mas mahuhusay at maaasahang lider at lingkod bayan na kayang humarap sa mga hamon ng new normal tungo sa de-kalidad na serbisyo publiko,” said Chairperson Nograles.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) is encouraging college graduates with summa cum laude, magna cum laude, or cum laude Latin honors to apply for eligibility with the Commission, which may be used in applying for government positions.

The CSC grants the Honor Graduate Eligibility (HGE) to Latin honor graduates of Private Higher Education Institutions (PHEI) in the Philippines from School Year 1972-1973 onwards with baccalaureate or bachelor’s degrees recognized by the Commission on Higher Education, pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 907 issued on 11 March 1976.

The law aims for the immediate absorption of Latin honor graduates in the public service to assure their participation in public affairs and bouy up the quality of the civil service.

Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chairperson Karlo Nograles congratulated the 1,573 new doctors who officially took their oath as Licensed Physicians on 19 April 2023 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City.

“Today’s oath-taking is not merely a ceremony to practice medicine; it is a solemn act and eternal promise to adhere closely to the ethical and professional values of the medical profession. As you begin your work as licensed physicians and realize your aspirations and your goals, may you always remember the reason for choosing this path, to safeguard the health of others,” said Chairperson Nograles.