Civil service exam eyed for OFWs in HK who want to work in Duterte gov't
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has sought the help of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) for the conduct of the civil service examination for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong who want to return to the country for good.
In a press statement Monday, Bello noted that "thousands" of OFWs are now interested to work in the government under the Duterte administration, based on the result of a sign-up campaign initiated by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Hong Kong.
"As part of the Department of Labor and Employment’s reintegration campaign to encourage OFWs to return to the country for good, we are working with the Civil Service Commission, through Chairperson Alicia Dela Rosa-Bala, to conduct the civil service professional and sub-professional examination among the OFWs, initially in Hong Kong," he said.
The sign-up campaign of the POLO showed that many OFWs working in Hong Kong want to come home, be with their families, and work for the government.
Passing the civil service examination is one of the basic requirements in applying for a position in government. The career service exams would result in the conferment of either professional or sub professional eligibility appropriate for appointment to corresponding permanent positions in the government.
The examination is open to individuals, regardless of educational attainment, who are Filipino citizens including those holding dual citizenship, at least 18 years old at the time of filing of application, and have not taken the same level of examination within three months before the date of examination.
POLO Hong Kong Labor Attaché Jalilo O. Dela Torre, who has been making representations with CSC officials for the realization of the undertaking, said the CSC proposed for the paper and pencil examinations in Hong Kong to be held this September.
However, he had to ask them to move the examinations to November due to the teachers’ licensure examination to be administered by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) also in September.
Dela Torre said the CSC is now benchmarking with the PRC on the mechanics of holding an examination overseas.
Bello expressed optimism that the initiative will support the reverse migration advocacy of the government considering the social cost of migration, especially to the children who are being left behind when one or both parents leave to find better employment. —KBK, GMA News