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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Chapter 2 – Coverage of the Civil Service

Chapter 2 – Coverage of the Civil Service

SEC. 6. Scope of the Civil Service. — (1) The Civil Service embraces all branches, subdivisions, instrumentalities, and agencies of the Government, including government-owned or controlled corporations with original charters.

(2) Positions in the Civil Service shall be classified into career service and non-career service.

SEC. 7. Career Service. — The Career Service shall be characterized by (1) entrance based on merit and fitness to be determined as far as practicable by competitive examination, or based on highly technical qualifications; (2) opportunity for advancement to higher career positions; and (3) security of tenure.

The Career Service shall include:

(1)    Open Career positions, appointment to which prior qualification in an appropriate examination is required;

(2)    Closed Career position which are scientific or highly technical in nature; these include the faculty and academic staff of state colleges and universities, and scientific and technical positions in scientific or research institutions which shall establish and maintain their own merit systems;

(3)    Positions in the Career Executive Service, namely, Undersecretary, Assistant Secretary, Bureau Director, Assistant Bureau Director, Regional Director, Assistant Regional Director, Chief of Department Service and other officers of equivalent rank as may be identified by the Career Executive Service Board, all of whom are appointed by the President;

(4)    Career officers other than those in the Career Executive Service, who are appointed by the President, such as the Foreign Service Officers in the Department of Foreign Affairs;

(5)    Commission officers and enlisted men of the Armed Forces which shall maintain a separate merit system;

(6)    Personnel of government-owned or controlled corporations, whether performing governmental or proprietary functions, who do not fall under the non-career service; and

(7)    Permanent laborer, whether skilled, semi-skilled, or unskilled.

SEC. 8. Classes of Positions in the Career Service. — (1) Classes positions in the career service, appointment to which requires examinations shall be grouped into three major levels as follows:

(a)    The first level shall include clerical, trades, crafts, and custodial service positions which involve non-professional or sub-professional work in a non-supervisory or supervisory capacity requiring less than four years of collegiate studies;

(b)    The second level shall include professional, technical and scientific positions which involve professional, technical or scientific work in a non-supervisory or supervisory capacity requiring at least four years of college work up to Division Chief level; and

(c)    The third level shall cover positions in the Career Executive Service.

(2)    Except as herein otherwise provided, entrance to the first two levels shall be through competitive examinations, which shall be open to those inside and outside the service who meet the minimum qualification requirements. Entrance to a higher level does not require previous qualification in the lower level. Entrance to the third level shall be prescribed by the Career Executive Service Board.

(3)    Within the same level, no civil service examination shall be required for promotion to a higher position in one or more related occupational groups. A candidate for promotion should, however, have previously passed the examination for that level.

SEC. 9. Non-Career Service. — The Non-Career Service shall be characterized by (1) entrance on bases other than those of the usual tests of merit and fitness utilized for the career service; and (2) tenure which is limited to a period specified by law, or which is coterminous with that of the appointing authority or subject to his pleasure, or which is limited to the duration of a particular project for which purpose employment was made.

The Non-Career Service shall include:

(1)    Elective officials and their personal or confidential staff;

(2)    Secretaries and other officials of Cabinet rank who hold their positions at the pleasure of the President and their personal or confidential staff(s);

(3)    Chairman and members of commissions and boards with fixed terms of office and their personal or confidential staff;

(4)    Contractual personnel or those who employment in the government is in accordance with a special contract to undertake a specific work or job, requiring special or technical skills not available in the employing agency, to be accomplished within a specific period, which in no case shall exceed one year, and performs or accomplishes the specific work or job, under his own responsibility with a minimum of direction and supervision form the hiring agency; and

(5)    Emergency and seasonal personnel.


Chapter I – General Provisions

SECTION 1. Declaration of Policy. — The State shall insure and promote the Constitutional mandate that appointments in the Civil Service shall be made only according to merit and fitness; that the Civil Service Commission, as the central personnel agency of the Government, shall establish a career service, adopt measures to promote morale, efficiency, integrity, responsiveness, and courtesy in the civil service, strengthen the merit and rewards system, integrate all human resource development programs for all levels and ranks, and institutionalize a management climate conducive to public accountability; that public office is a public trust and public officers and employees must at all times be accountable to the people; and that personnel functions shall be decentralized, delegating the people; and the personnel functions shall be decentralized, delegating the corresponding authority to the departments, offices and agencies where such functions can be effectively performed.

SEC. 2. Duties and Responsibilities of Public Officers and Employees. — Public officers and employees shall have the duties, responsibilities, and accountability provided in Chapter 9, Book I of this Code.

SEC. 3. Terms and Conditions of Employment. — The terms and conditions of employment of all government employees, including those in government–owned or controlled corporations with original charters, shall be fixed by law. The terms and conditions of employment which are not fixed by law may be the subject of negotiations of employment which are not fixed by law may be the subject of negotiation between recognized employees’ organizations and appropriate government authorities.

SEC. 4. Compensation. — The Congress shall provide for the standardization of compensation of government officials and employees including those in government-owned or controlled corporations with original charters, taking into account the nature of the responsibilities pertaining to, and the qualifications required for the position concerned.

SEC. 5. Definition of Terms. — As used in this title, the following shall be construed thus:

(1)    Agency means any bureau, office, commission, administration, board, committee, institute, corporation with original charter, whether performing governmental or proprietary function, or any other unit of the National Government, as well as provincial, city, municipal government, except as hereinafter otherwise provided.

(2)    Appointing officer is the person or body authorized by law to make appointments in the Philippine Civil Service.

(3)    Class include all positions in the government service that are sufficiently similar as to duties and responsibilities and require similar qualifications that can be given the same title and salary and for all administrative and compensation purposes, be treated alike.

(4)    Commission refers to the Civil Service Commission.

(5)    Chairman refers to the Chairman of the Commission.

(6)    Commissioner refers to the either of the two other members of the Commission.

(7)    Department includes any of the executive departments or entities having the category of a department including the judiciary, Commission on Elections and Commission on Audit.

(8)    Eligible refers to a person who obtains a passing grade in a civil service examination or is granted a civil service eligibility and whose name is entered in the register of eligibles.

(9)    Examination refers to a civil service examination conducted by the Commission and its regional offices or by other departments or agencies with the assistance of the Commission, or in coordination or jointly with it, and those that it may delegate to departments and agencies pursuant to this Title, or those that may have been delegated by law.

(10)    Form refers to the those prescribed by the Civil Service Commission.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014


1.Register a CSC COMEX user account

To register a COMEX account, applicants must:
a.Access the COMEX website;

b.At the CSC COMEX website homepage, click the “Sign Up Now” button;

c.Fill out the data fields for account information, personal information, educational information, employment information, eligibility information, and other information;

d.Submit data created by clicking the “Submit” button;

e.Activate immediately the account by accessing the corresponding activation link sent by COMEX through a confirmation e-mail. (N.B.: COMEX confirmation e-mail may be found in the SPAM folder.)

Note: Information on available examination schedules may be accessed in two ways:

1.Through the COMEX website – at the COMEX website homepage, access/click the “Examination Schedules” tab; and
2.Through the registrant’s E-Mail, whereby, COMEX shall auto-send
an e-mail informing about examination schedules.

2.Reserve an examination slot online

To reserve an examination slot online, registrants must:
a.Access the COMEX website;

b.Log in to the system with username and password;

c.View the examination schedules/online offerings through the “Examination Schedules” tab;

d.Select/choose the desired examination schedule from among the online offerings;

e.Make a reservation by clicking the “Reserve a slot” button;

f.Upon successful reservation, print the ‘slot reservation’ confirmation e-mail sent by COMEX, which contains the date, time and venue of examination and personal appearance.

Note: Applicants must NOT have taken the same level of Career Service Examination being applied for, either through the Paper and Pencil Test (PPT) mode or the Computerized Examination (COMEX) mode, within the last three (3) months

3. Confirm the reserved examination slot

To confirm the reserved examination slot, examination applicants must appear personally before the designated CSC Office on the scheduled date and time for the following:
Identity verification based on information provided during registration; System database verification; Payment of examination fee;
Capturing of digital photograph and signature, and biometric fingerprint; and Issuance of the CS ID.

Note:Applicants must bring the following requirements:
a.Original and photocopy of any of the following ID cards, which must be valid (not expired), and contains the name, clear picture, date of birth and signature of the applicant, and the name and signature of the issuing agency’s current head/authorized representative: Driver’s License, SSS ID, GSIS ID, Philhealth ID, current Company/Office ID, current School ID, Postal ID, BIR ID, Barangay ID, Voter’s ID, Passport, or Police Clearance (Any other ID card notincluded in the above list shall NOT be accepted.)

b.For applicants without date of birth in their ID card/s, original and photocopy of Birth Certificate issued/authenticated by the National Statistics Office

4.Take the examination

To take the examination, examinees must appear personally before the designated CSC Office on the scheduled date and time for the following: Orientation/briefing; System authentication of identity; Accomplishing of appropriate examination forms; and taking of the actual test.

Time limit:
CSE Professional– 3 hours and 10 minutes
CSE SubProfessional – 2 hours and 40 minutes


Test results shall be available within two weeks after the date of examination. It shall
be released officially through posting of the list of passers in the CSC website.


CSE Professional - PhP 600
CSE SubProfessional - PhP 600

For further queries, contact the CSC COMEX Administrator in the Examination,
Recruitment and Placement Office at telephone number (02) 931-8163, or (02) 931-7935 loc. 712, 714 and 716.

Schedule of Online Offering of CSC COMEX

For May and June 2014, CSC COMEX is scheduled on Tuesdays at the CSC Central Office and on Thursdays at the CSC Regional Offices concerned.

In view thereof, please be advised that, as a general rule, the online offering schedule for the next examination shall be at 8 a.m. of the day following the last examination. Hence, please be guided by the online offering schedules for May and June 2014, as follows:

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NOTE: Applicants must NOT have taken the same level of Career Service Examination being applied for, either through the Paper and Pencil Test (PPT) mode or the Computerized Examination (COMEX) mode,within thelast three (3) months.
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