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Government gears up for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

For the 120th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary in September, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) will highlight the role of technology in the evolution of public service in the country, especially as the nation copes with the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

Thus, the theme of the anniversary celebration is Philippine Civil Service @120: Public Sector in the Age of Digital Transformation.

CSC Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala said that, in the age of technology, public service has to remain competitive and responsive enough to meet the evolving needs of its clientele. “Human resource (HR) management and development are also evolving as technology introduces new ways of interaction and alternative work arrangements. This was further highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic situation, which brought about changes to work, government-client transactions, and other processes,” she said.

The CSC also encourages government agencies to learn from the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic. “This includes reassessing the ways government has been doing business, setting goals and targets, managing people, and evaluating work performance. CSC recognizes that innovation has now become a crucial ingredient not only to meet organizational objectives but also to keep employees safe, healthy, productive, and motivated,” stressed Chairperson Bala.

The anniversary activities set for September 2020 will be mostly online, in accordance with the national government’s directives on minimum health standards such as social distancing. To mark the start of the anniversary month, a virtual press conference will be held on 1 September. Jobseekers may participate in the 2020 Government Online Career Fair on 14-18 September. Photography enthusiasts may show off their best work by joining the 120th PCSA Photography Contest.

Government workers may also participate in eLearning courses and health and wellness webinars. For the whole month of September, special treats will be provided to government employees as a gesture of appreciation for their hard work and dedication.

For more information on the theme and activities, refer to CSC Memorandum Circular No. 12, s. 2020. Updates and additional information may also be accessed via the PCSA webpage and the CSC’s official Facebook Page.