July 16, 2024

BONTOC, Mountain Province – The local government is strengthening the hiring and promotion process for personnel through the town’s competency-based Merit Selection Plan (MSP).

Adhering to the principles of merit, competence, fitness, accountability, transparency, and equal opportunity, the members of the Human Resource Merit Promotion and Selection Board (HRM PSB) and the Recruitment, Selection and Promotion (RSP) Technical Working Group (TWG) convened for the reorientation and deliberation of the competency-based MSP.

CouncilorDan Evert Sokoken who presided over the meeting said it is but proper to review the agency’s MSP which serves as a guide in the selection, hiring, appointment, and promotion of individuals/applicants in the first and second level positions.

Sokoken added the MSP creates equal opportunities for employment to all qualified applicants to enter the government service and for career advancement in the agency/institution.

Human Resource Management Officer III Arleen Eickmee Gasmeña presented the MSP before the members of the HRM PSB and the RSP TWG.

Gasmeña said the policy aligns and contextualizes Bontoc’s internal system on application, evaluation, selection, and appointment with the provisions of the Civil Service Commission’s Omnibus Rules on Appointments and Other Human Resource Actions (ORAOHRA).

She added the LGU adheres to the principles of merit, fitness and equality, of which the selection of employees is based on their relative qualifications and competence to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.

Gasmeña said there is no discrimination in the selection of employees on account of age, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, civil status, disability, religion, ethnicity, or political affiliation.

The issuance of the MSP is one of interventions of the LGU to improve the human resource policies and processes to better serve stakeholders/clients.

Section 85 of the 2017 ORA OHRA, Rule IX (Agency Merit Selection Plan and Human Resource Merit Promotion and Selection Board) provides the HRMPSB shall assist the appointing officer/authority in the judicious and objective selection of candidates for appointment in the agency in accordance with the MSP.

Likewise, the HRMPSB shall be primarily responsible for the judicious and objective selection of candidates for appointment in the agency in accordance with the approved Agency MSP and shall submit to the appointing officer/authority the top five ranking candidates deemed most qualified for appointment to the vacant position. Section 86 provides the appointing officer/authority shall be guided by the report of the HRMPSB’s assessment of candidates and in the exercise of sound discretion, select, insofar as practicable, from among the top five  candidates or less, deemed most qualified for appointment to the vacant position, depending on the number of candidates. – Alpine L. Killa