26 September 2023

PHILIPPINES: Senator seeks easier entry into PS

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A Philippines Presidential candidate has called on the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to relax its requirements for entry into the country’s Public Service.

Panfilo Lacson said skills-matching should take precedence over the need to pass the Civil Service Examination as “not all who pass the exam have the ability and skills that meet the needs of the Government position they are seeking”.

“No one should be denied a chance to get employed, especially with so many Filipinos losing jobs amid the global Coronavirus pandemic,” Senator Lacson said.

However, he still encouraged as many young people as possible to take the examination now that COVID-19 restriction had been eased.

In a separate development, President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Cabinet Secretary and Acting Presidential Spokesperson, Karlo Nograles (pictured) as Acting Chair of the CSC.

CSC Commissioner, Aileen Lizada confirmed Mr Nograles’ appointment, which will be in an acting capacity until confirmed by the Legislature.

He replaces Alicia dela Rosa-Bala, who retired on 2 February.

If Mr Nograles’ appointment is confirmed, he will serve for a seven-year term.

A close friend of Mr Duterte, Mr Nograles has served as Cabinet Secretary since 2018.

In November last year he took on the role of Acting Presidential Spokesperson when Harry Roque resigned to run for Senator in the 2022 polls.

Manila, 11 March 2022

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