We dedicate this 3rd quarter issue of the Civil Service Commission’s official magazine to the celebration of the 122nd Philippine Civil Service Anniversary or PCSA. Ang taunang pagdiriwang ng PCSA ay isang paraan upang bigyan ng karampatang pagkilala ang ating mga lingkod bayan para sa kanilang mga kontribusyon sa pagbibigay ng serbisyo publiko at pagpapaunlad ng bayan.
The PCSA commemorates the establishment of the Philippine Civil Service by virtue of Public Law No. 5 (An Act for the Establishment and Maintenance of an Efficient and Honest Civil Service in the Philippine Islands) on 19 September 1900. This is also pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1050, series of 1997 signed by former President Fidel Valdez Ramos declaring the month of September as the Civil Service Month. The PCSA is NOT the anniversary of the CSC, but that of the whole Philippine civil service.
The cover story of the 3rd quarter issue of the CS Reporter (pp. 30) features capsules of the insights from the panel of experts in future-proofing organizations and building resilience shared during the virtual launch held 8 August 2022. For one, Undersecretary Goddes Hope Libiran of the Department of Budget and Management allayed public misconceptions on rightsizing, reiterating that it is not in any way a mass layoff of civil servants.
To quote DBM Undersecretary Libiran, “The National Government Rightsizing Program or the NGRP is a reform initiative that primarily aims to achieve simplicity, economy, and efficiency in the bureaucracy. We want the right number of right people in agencies, working on the right things. Gusto po nating simplehan ang mga opisina at proseso para lalong mapabilis ang ating pagseserbisyo. So in line with this, I would like to emphasize that rightsizing is NOT downsizing.”
For the Citizen’s Guide on pp. 26, we put the spotlight on the 10th anniversary of the Contact Center ng Bayan. Dubbed as Isang Dekada ng Paglilingkod, the event highlighted the CCB’s milestones and contributions in citizen engagement, feedback management, and service delivery improvement.
In HR Spotlight on pp. 44, we feature the roster of speakers of the 2022 Public Sector Human Resource Symposium. Themed, Building Resilient Organizations: Honing Agile and Future-Ready Leaders and HR Practitioners, the symposium focused on the strategic role of government leaders and HR practitioners in building resilient organizations as well as in developing resilient human capital. Resilience is especially important with the need to overcome challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and adapt to emerging technologies.
We hope that you will enjoy reading and learning from the stories on human resource management, leadership, and resilience from this issue of the CS Reporter.
Atty. KARLO A. B. NOGRALES