People who are scheduled to take and the Civil Service Examination (CSE) on the 15th of March 2020 must expect that the examination or the assessment has been postponed.
According to the Civil Service Commission (CSC), this move is to comply and to follow President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration that the spread of the infamous Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our country is considered as a State of Public Health Emergency (SPHE).
According to the exact announcement posted by the CSE:
In compliance to Proclamation No. 922 signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declaring a State of Public Health Emergency throughout the Philippines and calling for the implementation of urgent, critical measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) suspends the conduct of the 15 March 2020 Career Service Examination-Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) nationwide until further notice.
Why Are Civil Service Exams Suspended
To fully comply to the Proclamation No. 922; which was duly signed and signified by our dear President Duterte, all examination of the Civil Service dated on the 15th of March is suspended.
Because it’s considered as a State of Public Health Emergency, the urgent dismissal of examinations has been called by the President and it was duly obeyed and followed by agencies involved.
In order to successfully contain and to control the spread of the disease, the CSC ordered the stoppage and the postponing of the CSE.
Where would the CSE be held?
Even if the CSE is to be held at a location where the COVID-19 does not thrive, the CSC firmly believes that there’s still a risk running and continuing the exams.
You can read more about this here: Where Can I Find the CSE-PPT Testing Center I am Assigned to?
A total of 66 testing locations in the whole country are scheduled to take the exam. In addition to that, about 293,845 people are scheduled and are expecting to take the test.
With the Civil Service Exams suspended, all exam takers are to be given a time frame when the exams will be resumed.
The Career Service Examination – Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) nationwide that will be held on that date is surely cancelled. Nevertheless, everyone should be prepared on the continuation of it.
A total of 43, 066 people are supposed to take the CSE in Metro Manila where spewing cases and infections of the COVID-19 are rapidly and constantly rising. So, postponing and rescheduling it is actually the best and the most appropriate thing to do.
Professional and Sub-Professional Levels
In the total figure given and announced by the CSC, 253, 419 people are scheduled to take the Professional Level of exam. On the other hand, 40, 426 is scheduled to take the Sub-Professional level.
Yes, both the Professional and the Sub-Professional levels are suspended so all exam takers need to be alerted.
What should the exam takers of the CSE should do?
Many would think that simply knowing the news about the Civil Service Exams being suspended is enough; but in reality, it might not be enough information for you.
As per the CSC, all information that exam takers need to know can be found out by calling their Regional Offices (ROs) directly. If you are not sure of the hotline of your RO, then you can click here to access the full and complete directory.
Feel free to also contact the Contact Center ng Bayan by contacting 165-65. Alternatively, people can call the CSC’s Public Assistance Center at (02) 8951-2575; 8951-2576.
Why the CSE is relevant
The Civil Service Exams (CSE) is the way of people to be eligible to work for the Philippine government. Without it, they’ll automatically be deemed as ineligible to do so.
Technically speaking, the CSE is a big and an impacting thing especially to people who seek jobs and professions by working for the Philippine government or the public sector.
With the Civil Service Exams suspended, the dreams and the plans of people to work with the government is put on hold. It’ll be on hold until the time that the virus is clearly contained and if the environment is safe enough to travel on.
Suspending the exams is just one way of coping to the global need of containing the infamous COVID-19. Every hour, the number of infected people is rising and it’s something that people need to take note of.
What do you think about the CSC’s decision of suspending the Civil Service Exams? Is this a just and a right act?