As the nation celebrates the National Women’s Month (NWM) this March, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) highlights the unique strengths and capabilities of women in various fields through its month-long conduct of NWM activities.
“Nakikiisa ang buong Komisyon sa Serbisyo Sibil sa pagpupugay sa mga kababaihan sa pamahalaan na nagpapamalas ng kanilang natatanging kakayanan upang mataguyod nang husto ang serbisyo publiko. Napakahalaga ng kanilang ginagampanang tungkulin sa iba't-ibang larangan,” said CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles.
The CSC kicked off its internal NWM celebration today, 6 March 2023, by featuring Dr. Zenith Gaye Orozco-Bautista, Assistant Professor from the Institute of Biology of the University of the Philippines Diliman. She is a Balik Scientist Program awardee of the Department of Science and Technology. Dr. Orozco-Bautista shared her story on how her strength and determination helped her succeed in her field of expertise, despite men dominating this space. CSC officials and employees also cited important women in their lives who inspire them to be good civil servants.
CSC Commissioner Ryan Alvin Acosta, in his message during the program, urged the CSC workforce to ponder on their contribution to women's empowerment. “This month’s celebration provides us an opportune time to assess what and by how much we have contributed in the advocacy to promote the welfare and advance the rights of women in our lives, whether they be family members, colleagues, or peers. Then, we also reflect deeper into how and what else we can do to push things for women as we move forward, noting that our contributions, big or small, are contributions of great importance nonetheless.”
“I believe that, as advocates for women empowerment, we at the CSC have taken this challenge to heart by ensuring that our programs and policies afford women meaningful participation and representation in decision-making and by promoting their individual well-being,” Commissioner Acosta added.
Other internal NWM activities slated for the month include the “Amazing Run” which will be participated by female CSC officials and employees to showcase their physical and mental strengths. The CSC will also conduct a continuing learning education on topics related to Gender and Development (GAD), such as balancing career and motherhood, women and technology, and solo parenthood. To culminate the celebration, the CSC is set to conduct its “Piknik sa Kalikasan” where a resource speaker will discuss provisions of the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children, the Safe Spaces Act, and CSC Rules on Sexual Harassment. Previous and incumbent female CSC officials will also be celebrated in the said event.
Policies for Women
As a staunch advocate of women empowerment and gender mainstreaming in the Philippine bureaucracy, the CSC has crafted and implemented various human resource policies and programs that support female workers in government. These include guidelines on the expanded maternity leave, paternity leave, adoption leave, as well as leave for women who are victims of violence. The CSC also issued rules on the grant of special leave benefits for women who underwent surgery due to gynecological disorder pursuant to Republic Act No. 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women (MCW).
The Commission also ensures inclusive human resource practices by implementing the 2017 Omnibus Rules on Appointments and Other Human Resource Actions, as amended (ORAOHRA), as amended; and the Equal Opportunity Principle (EOP) in recruitment and appointment. ORAOHRA ensures not only standard procedure but also fair and equal treatment of individuals in the areas of recruitment, selection, appointment, promotion, and other HR actions. EOP aims to remove barriers and discrimination during the selection process or in participating in or accessing learning and development interventions on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (SOGIE), civil status, disability, religion, ethnicity, or political affiliation.
It has also strengthened provisions of the 2017 Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service, specifically those pertaining to the offense of sexual harassment, to deter the occurrence of sexual harassment cases in government.
Meanwhile, the CSC has continuously celebrated women in various fields in the government through the annual Search for Outstanding Government Workers under its Honor Awards Program.