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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.

Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chairperson Karlo Nograles met with Singapore Government's Head of Civil Service Leo Yip on 1 February 2023 at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore.

The agenda was to discuss and exchange ideas on the public service system in both countries, focusing on topics such as digitalization, continual improvement, and transformation.

“My meeting with Mr. Yip allowed me to get a glimpse of how the Singapore’s Civil Service operates. I am grateful to Mr. Yip for the opportunity. I look forward to Singapore’s assistance in our journey towards digitalization and other possible partnerships,” Nograles said.

Both countries are part of the ASEAN Cooperation on Civil Service Matters or ACCSM, composed of civil service bodies from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Member States, which has served as a platform for mutual learning and information exchange since 1981.

Chairperson Nograles is in Singapore to attend the Global Government Summit happening on 1-2 February 2023. Hosted by the Singapore Government and organized by the Global Government Forum, it is a unique annual event where the world’s most senior public servants explore the challenges faced by civil services around the world.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) administered to a total of 573 examinees the Career Service Examination for Foreign Service Officer (CSC-FSO) on Sunday, 5 February 2023, in 13 regions. This number represents 89.39% of the total registered examinees (641) from the National Capital Region (NCR), Regions 1 to 11, and the Cordillera Administrative Region.

CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles and Commissioner Ryan Alvin Acosta inspected the conduct of the examination at UST Angelicum College in Quezon City—the testing center for NCR, where 63% or 360 out of the total examinees took the test.

“Isa na namang successful na Career Service Examination ang naihatid ng Civil Service Commission nitong Linggo. Ito ay para naman sa mga Foreign Service Officer hopefuls. Nagpapasalamat kami sa lahat ng examinees sa kanilang cooperation sa exam protocols upang maging maayos ang buong exam procedure. Gusto rin naming magpasalamat sa mga partner schools namin,” said CSC Chairperson Nograles.

Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chairperson Karlo Nograles attended the Global Government Summit from 1 to 2 February 2023 at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore.

The event, hosted by the Singapore Government and organized by the Global Government Forum, is a unique annual event where the world’s most senior public servants explore the challenges faced by civil services around the world. It provides a confidential and informal space where participants can freely discuss views, experiences, successes, and failures, as well as explore potential solutions.

Singapore’s Head of Civil Service Leo Yip gave the welcome address and provided the context for this year’s summit.

A total of 643 individuals will take the Career Service Examination for Foreign Service Officer (CSE-FSO) on 5 February 2023.

The bulk of examinees will come from the National Capital Region with 406 takers, while the rest are from Regions 1 to 11 and the Cordillera Administrative Region.

Testing venues are listed in Examination Advisory No. 1, s. 2023, while individual room assignments may be generated using the Online Notice of School Assignment or ONSA. Both are available from the CSC website at www.csc.gov.ph.

Also available through the ONSA is the “Examinee’s Guide in Taking CSE-FSO”, which contains full details on the whole examination process. Examinees must read the guide thoroughly, and avoid sharing a copy to the public as it is only for their exclusive use.