7.20.2010

PIA News Service - Wednesday, July 21, 2010

CSC eligibilities not for sale

Civil service eligibilities conferred by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) are not and have never been for sale.

This was stressed yesterday by CSC Chair Francisco T. Duque III in the wake of reports on the alleged “midnight Career Executive Service eligibility being issued for a fee by unscrupulous Civil Service Commission personnel who are very close to Career Service Board authorities”.

Chair Duque clarified that this could not be possible since it is the Career Executive Service Board, not the CSC, which conducts the four-stage screening process for career executive service officer (CESO) eligibility.

The CSC Chief also pointed out that what the Commission administers are the professional and subprofessional examinations, passers of which would qualify for appointment to first and second level posts in government offices. 

“For the past decades, we have instituted stringent measures to protect the integrity of the CSC exams,” Chair Duque said. He warned the public though from transacting with individuals who claim to be CSC personnel and who say that they can guarantee a passing score in the exams in exchange for a fee. He said that hundreds of individuals have been dismissed from the service for possession of fake eligibilities.

Chair Duque also cited Republic Act No. 9416, signed into law in 2007, which declares as unlawful any form of cheating in the civil service exam, unauthorized use and possession of CSC examination-related materials and grants the Commission exclusive jurisdiction over the cases including those committed by private individuals. Government personnel who engage in these kinds of nefarious activities shall be dismissed from the service. If the offender is a private individual, he/she shall be perpetually barred from entering the government service and from taking any civil service exam. (CSC-13/PIA-Caraga)
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CSC Chair: Respect rights of career civil servants

As government offices prepare for transition, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) advised all incoming elective and appointive officials to observe Civil Service laws, rules and regulations in their exercise of personnel actions.

In a memorandum circular issued by the Commission bureaucracy- wide, Chair Francisco T. Duque III urged incoming elective and appointive officials “to respect the constitutional right to security of tenure of career service officials and employees with valid appointments”. The 1987 Constitution grants security of tenure to state workers and provides that they cannot be removed from office or suspended without lawful cause.

Duque also emphasized that personnel actions such as promotion, demotion, reassignment, transfer, detail, secondment, job rotation, and designation are governed by Civil Service laws, rules and regulations, and these should be adhered to at all times.

“While incoming elective and appointive officials are given the free hand to reorganize their respective offices according to the best interest of the service, they should also abide by prevailing laws and policies to ensure that professionalism and meritocracy in the civil service is preserved and to avoid demoralization in the public sector workforce,” Duque said.

The CSC, as the central human resource institution of government, is mandated to promote a responsive, accessible, courteous, and effective civil service. (CSC-13/PIA-Caraga)
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4TH ID troops seize a series of NPA encampments
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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The relentless Internal Security Operations conducted by 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division, Philippine Army resulted to the seizure of a series of NPA encampments in San Vicente, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur. 
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“The Local Terrorists more commonly known as NPAs in Agusan del Sur are on the run and they have nowhere to hide because 4ID Troops will always find them” said Major General Mario F Chan AFP, Commander of the 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division. 
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Operating elements of 26th Infantry Battalion discovered a local terrorist encampment believed to be their main camp at Brgy San Vicente, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur on July 15, 2010. Said camp is composed of 39 bunkers (huts) with 2 guard posts and estimated to have been abandoned a month ago. Not far from this encampment, a satellite camp was discovered by the same troops on July 19, 2010 with 3 huts and a cave that could accommodate 70 persons. Recovered from said camp are 2 serviceable hand held radios, M16 rifle parts and magazines, several subversive documents and personal belongings.  
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Just recently, on July 20, another satellite camp was seized 1 kilometer south of the encampment discovered the previous day, 19 July. It is composed of 7 bunkers that can accommodate not less than 20 persons. Rifle parts and ammunition, dextrose bottles, military uniforms, cassette tapes and personal belongings were left in the campsite which was estimated to have been abandoned 2 weeks ago. 
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According to LTC NHEL RICHARD PATRICIO, Bn Commander of the 26TH Infantry Bn, “The actions of the local terrorists of evading the operating troops and hastily abandoning their camps are clear indications that they are becoming confused, exhausted and shocked.” (4th ID, PA/ PIA-Caraga)