The Civil Service Commission (CSC) reminds government agencies that they have until 31 October 2021 to submit their Public Service Continuity Plan (PSCP).
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.
The PSCP is 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.
The PSCP Guidebook, which offers a guide to the step-by-step development of essential sections of a complete PSCP, can be downloaded through the DRRM Knowledge Center at https://drrmkc.ocd.gov.ph.
CSC Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala stressed the importance of agility and responsiveness during the occurrence of any hazard – be it a pandemic, natural disaster, civil disturbance, or similar others. “Ang pamahalaan ang takbuhan ng mga mamamayan sa gitna ng krisis. So, while we have little control of when and where these events would occur, we can definitely prepare for them and mitigate their effects.”
“Having a continuity plan would allow us to know what to do when the disaster or emergency strikes and to deliver the basic services and recovery strategies that the citizenry needs,” she added.
The CSC acts as the lead convenor of the Sub-Task Group on Public Service Continuity of the National Task Force Against COVID-19 Task Group on Recovery, with the Office of Civil Defense as Co-Chair.