The Civil Service Commission would like to respectfully request your office’s assistance in disseminating the link below on the Honor Awards Program (HAP) advertisement announcing the semi-finalists under the Presidential Lingkod Bayan, Outstanding Public Officials and Employees or Dangal ng Bayan and Civil Service Commission Pagasa Awards of the 2021 Search for Outstanding Government Workers: https://tribune.net.ph/index.php/2021/08/30/csc/ .
To ensure the widest dissemination, we would highly appreciate if this could be posted in your agency’s website and social media accounts.
Thank you for your usual support to the annual search.
What and when is this activity?
The CSC, in partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), will be hosting an online film showing activity from 1-12 September 2021, plus access to a free online Zumba session with a certified Zumba instructor.
Who may join?
This activity is open to all government officials and employees and their families who must be 18 years of age at the time of registration.
How much is the registration free?
The registration fee is PHP250 per participant. Upon registration, each participant will receive a voucher to access the selected films from the FDCP website, as well as avail of the free Zumba session.
Proceeds from this activity will go to the Pamanang Lingkod Bayani, a program that honors government workers who died in the line of duty through the provision of a one-time financial assistance plus scholarship opportunities to their family members.
How can participants register?
The Civil Service Commission (CSC) called on civil servants to take part in promoting Philippine culture by exemplifying public service values.
“Pagmamahal sa Diyos at bayan at malasakit sa kapwa – these are values deeply ingrained in our culture. We can help preserve and cultivate them by practicing them in the way we, civil servants, deliver services to the public,” said CSC Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala.
The CSC made the statement as the nation celebrates the 54th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Anniversary this August. The celebration carries the theme, “ASEAN Connection: Remembering Southeast Asia’s Culture and Heritage,” which underscores the importance of cultural heritage preservation and its role in protecting local and national identity and pride.
She added that for its part, the CSC continues to promote the core values of Patriotism, Excellence, Integrity, and Spirituality among civil servants through the Public Service Values Program or PSVP.
The CSC’s Civil Service Institute, which runs the PSVP, holds several learning and development courses aimed at further enabling civil servants to manifest these public service values in the delivery of public services, as well as capacitating leaders and human resource (HR) practitioners to craft and implement Values Policy Guidelines for their respective workplaces.
The chairperson said that through PSVP, CSC hopes to someday establish a Filipino brand of public service that will be known in ASEAN and across the globe.
The occasion is pursuant to Proclamation No. 282 dated 31 July 2017 declaring the month of August of every year as ASEAN Month.
In its Memorandum Circular No. 14, s. 2021 dated 27 July, the CSC enjoined government agencies to support and participate in the commemoration of the 54th ASEAN Anniversary and help raise ASEAN awareness among the public.
The Department of Foreign Affairs leads this year’s celebration with virtual activities, which include:
● Virtual special flag raising activity on 9 August;
● Rollout of ASEAN anniversary Facebook frame and Viber/Whatsapp stickers;
● Five-part webinar series dealing with pre-colonial Southeast Asia;
● Online ASEAN quiz;
● Several ASEAN Cultural and Tourism Showcase in coordination with ASEAN Embassies in Manila; and
● Online “Throwback ASEAN” photo competition.
The CSC has continuously strengthened ties with its counterpart civil service agencies in the region through the ASEAN Cooperation on Civil Service Matters (ACCSM).
Its roots can be traced back to 1981 when the ASEAN Conference on Reforms in Civil Service was established and once every two years, civil service agencies gather for information exchange, mentoring, and partnering activities that aim to promote effective cooperation and mutual assistance in public sector capacity building among ASEAN Member States (AMS). But it was in 1989 that the civil service institutions of AMS saw the relevance of formalizing and elevating the network and system of mutual learning and information exchange, and, thus, established the ACCSM for a greater, more systematic, and more enduring cooperation among the civil service agencies.
Through ACCSM, cooperation took life beyond sharing information and experiences in the conference venue toward a more sustainable partnership before and after the conference. The connection among AMS became sustained, cohesive, and more regular.
The ACCSM led efforts toward the signing of a landmark declaration elevating the civil service as a “catalyst” in achieving the ASEAN’s development goals. On the occasion of the 30th ASEAN Summit in April 2017 in Manila, Philippines, leaders of ASEAN’s 10 Member States signed the ASEAN Declaration on the Role of the Civil Service as a Catalyst for Achieving the ASEAN Community Vision 2025.
The declaration recognizes “the significance of the civil service as the backbone of good governance in the region, and its critical mission not only in providing vital public services to the people of ASEAN, but also in driving national and social development.”
The declaration also tasked the ACCSM to take the lead in realizing the goals to “raise the professional standards and capability of civil servants,” “ensure that the civil services of ASEAN embrace good governance principles such as citizen-centricity and innovation”, and “uphold and protect the welfare of civil servants in the region,” among others.
Currently among the initiatives in the ACCSM’s pipeline is Phase 2 of the project ASEAN Guidelines on Public Service Delivery, which aims to provide AMS common guiding principles for improving the quality of public service delivery. The ASEAN Guidelines, developed during Phase 1, was adopted by the Heads of Civil Service on 30 October 2020. Phase 2 of the project is the conduct of Study Visits to China and the Republic of Korea.
We are getting ready for September :)
The Civil Service Commission (CSC) will be spearheading the 121st Philippine Civil Service Anniversary this coming September 2021. This is in commemoration of the establishment of the Philippine Civil Service by virtue of Public Act No. 5 (An Act for the Establishment and Maintenance of an Efficient and Honest Civil Service in the Philippine Islands) on 19 September 1900.
The CSC is also introducing a 10-year theme, Transforming Public Service in the Next Decade: Honing Agile and Future-Ready Servant Heroes. We want to highlight the HR reforms achieved as a response to the new normal, and the major changes we have to undertake in the next few years as we recover and pursue a better normal.
We have major events, online contests, and special treats for our government workers, so stay tuned for further announcements on the anniversary celebration.
With the recent onslaught of heavy rains, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) urged government agencies to adopt safety and health standards in the workplace to protect their employees from risks due to disasters and emergencies.
Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala said, “Hazards at work, especially those that may result from natural calamities such as volcanic activities and typhoons, may be inevitable but there are things we can do to prevent or at least minimize the negative impacts on people and property.”
She said that adequate preparation would help ensure the continuous delivery of services to the public amid any disruptive event.
Agencies must develop safety and health policies based on their mandate and factors peculiar to their work environment. The Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1, s. 2020, issued jointly by the CSC, Department of Health, and Department of Labor and Employment, contains a comprehensive list of occupational safety and health (OSH) standards.
Among others, the joint circular requires agencies to:
- Install adequate fire, emergency, or danger signs within the building premises;
- Set up a Risk Reduction Management System and a Crisis Management Plan and Contingency Program;
- Provide trainings and drills on Disaster Risk Reduction Management for employees and staff;
- Provide adequate emergency supplies such as fire extinguishers and medical first aid kits;
- Have a first aider trained and certified or accredited by the Philippine National Red Cross or by any authorized organization; and
- Forge a Memorandum of Understanding or Agreement with the nearest government health facility that can provide emergency medical services.
Further, heads of agencies are directed to ensure the creation of a Safety and Health Committee, as well as the strict implementation of and regular budget allocation for OSH programs.
Government agencies can also formulate their respective Public Service Continuity Plan (PSCP), an all-hazard plan that aims to ensure continuous delivery of services to the public amid any disruption. It works by highlighting internal capacities, recovery requirements, and strategies to minimize damage and loss to essential processes, ensure succession of leadership, and improve continuity capabilities of all government entities.
Pursuant to National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Memorandum No. 33 s. 2018, all government member agencies of the DRRM councils at all levels and other government departments, offices, bureaus, services, units, and instrumentalities are enjoined to develop their own PSCP.
Relatedly, the CSC reminded government workers who may be directly affected by calamities that they may file for a Special Emergency Leave under CSC Memorandum Circular Nos. 2 and 16 issued 16 February 2012 and 17 October 2012, respectively.
The special emergency leave shall be for a maximum of five (5) working days in a year, which may be applied on a continuous or staggered basis and will not be deducted from the employee’s earned leave credits. The said leave may be availed of within 30 days from the actual occurrence of the natural calamity/disaster.
Said privilege may be used for any of the following: for urgent repair and clean-up of damaged houses, being stranded in affected areas, disease/illness of employees brought by natural calamity/disaster, or caring of immediate family members affected by natural calamity/disaster.
The CSC said that the special emergency leave shall be based on the declaration of state of calamity by the President of the Philippines or the Local Sanggunian in the affected area. However, in case a specific area was not declared to be under a state of calamity, the head of agency may still grant the special emergency leave based on proof or evidence to be presented by the employee or relevant news accounts.
The CSC added that the head of agency or office shall take full responsibility for the grant of special emergency leave and shall set parameters in granting said leave like verification of the situation and extent of damage caused by the calamity to affected employees. Extension of the allowed maximum five days of special emergency leave shall be subject to the sound discretion of the head of agency and the agency’s internal policy on the matter. Agencies are urged to come up with internal guidelines in the grant of the special emergency leave.