The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has warned the public against a false information circulating online claiming that registered examinees of the March 15 Career Service Examination-Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) are automatically passed.
In a press statement released Wednesday, the CSC stated that it has not issued any directive to pass registered examinees of the CSE professional and subprofessional without taking the actual test.
The CSC suspended the examination nationwide on March 10 in compliance with Proclamation No. 922 signed by Pres. Rodrigo 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 coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
CSC stated that the circulating false information bears the message, “THUS; President Duterte announced last May 1, 2020, that all EXAMINEES are automatically passed the said exam both Professional-Level and Subprofessional Level. CONGRATULATIONS EXAMINEES MARCH 2020”.
The press statement emphasized that the CSE is “a general ability test that serves as a basic gauge objectively designed to determine and support the merit and fitness of an individual for government career service.”
“Such is principally founded on the provision of the 1987 Philippine Constitution that appointments in the civil service shall be made only according to merit and fitness to be determined, as far as practicable, and, except to positions which are policy-determining, primarily confidential or highly technical, by competitive examinations,” it added.
It added that the civil service eligibility cannot be granted or given away without basis and the CSC has no existing policy on considering examinees of the Career Service Examination as “passed” by virtue of incidental factors or circumstances such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
The rescheduling of the test has still no date as the CSC will still issue an advisory on the reset of the suspended March 15 CSE-PPT.
CSC advised the public to refer to its official website (csc.gov.ph), its main Facebook Page (fb.com/civilservicegovph), and its regional offices’ Facebook Pages as sources of CSC-related information to avoid consuming and spreading fake news.
The CSE was supposed to be held in 66 testing locations nationwide with an estimated total of 293,845 individuals nationwide registered to take the test.
Of the figure, an estimated 253,419 will take the professional level of the exam while an estimated 40,426 will take the subprofessional level.