DICT MIMAROPA regional director Cheryl Ortega discusses the projects and programs for the improvement of information and communications technology (ICT) in Palawan.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is now offering civil service eligibility for information technology specialists.

Cheryl Ortega, DOST regional director in the MIMAROPA region, said they are offering an examination for interested IT professionals

Ortega said exam passers will be automatically granted eligibility from Civil Service Commission (CSC) through an Assess-Build-Certify process.

“People who will pass the exam can actually be automatically granted civil service eligibility sa mga ICT specialists. Assess is the examination process, the first part, graduating students qualified to take the exam are free of charge, walang bayad. Ang pumasa doon can move on to take the hands-on ICT programming exam pero may bayad na P300,” she said.

Examinees who will not pass the first part can undergo the second phase which is ‘Build’ for review process so they can retake the examination.

Retaking the examination has no limit, she said.

Passers of the examination would be qualified to get the certification that the CSC will issue.

In its website, the DICT said the proficiency examination is designed to evaluate the competency of an individual to perform programming or systems analysis and design functions.

“This is pursuant to Presidential Decree 1408, which directs the National Computer Center (NCC) and the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to devise ways of determining the fitness of individuals in occupying highly technical ICT positions and through which the awarding of appropriate ICT (EDP) Specialist Eligibility will be based,” it said.

The CSC will grant an Electronic Data Processing Specialist Eligibility (EDPSE) to the passers of the proficiency test.

Applicants who may take the examination must be a Filipino citizen and bachelor’s degree holder or will graduate before the date of examination as certified by the dean of the school.

They also must have undergone formal training in a college or training institution in area of programming.

According to DICT, examinees may use any of the C Language or C# ; C++ ; Java; and Visual Basic as programming languages.

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