November 30, 2023

The Civil Service Commission administered the career service examination for cadets of Philippine Military Academy for the first time last week.

CSC-Cordillera Director Nerrisa Canguilan said 305 first class cadets and four officers including two colonels, a lieutenant colonel, and a navy commander took the exam last March 26  at Fort del Pilar.

Canguilan said the CSC and the PMA are planning to ask Congress to pass a law that will grant a special eligibility for PMA graduates that they can use when they apply for a position in the civil service after retirement.

Canguilan said based on their experience, there were those who applied or were hired as provincial or city administrators but due to lack of eligibility, were either disqualified or their appointments disapproved.

“Some officials retire early and get appointed to positions like administrators (in local government units) and the like but their appointments are disapproved due to lack of eligibility,” she said.

The CSC said 381,735 individuals took the pen and paper test for professional and sub-professional levels conducted at several testing centers nationwide with more than 15,000 examinees in the Cordillera.

CSC Chair Karlo Nograles said the March 26 exam could be the biggest turnout the CSC has had for a single pen and paper test schedule.

Top CSC officials visited various testing centers to inspect the actual operations of the exam, with Commissioner Aileen Lourdes Lizada, Examination, Recruitment, and Placement Office Directors Prisco Rivera, Jr. and Cherry Berris visiting the Baguio testing centers.

Results of the March 26 exams will be released on or before May 25.

The next exam will be on Aug. 13. Application period is from May 15 to June 14. – Debbie E. Gasingan