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Civil service vacancies open to exam passers in HK

23 November 2016

By Vir B. Lumicao

Many vacancies need to be filled up in the government service back home and those who pass next Sunday’s civil service examination for Hong Kong-based OFWs would be eligible to fill up those vacancies, an official of the Civil Service Commission said.
Fernando Porio, director of the CSC’s Examination, Recruitment & Placement Office, also said that the holding of the first-ever exam for Filipinos in Hong Kong, is part of the government’s reintegration plan for returning OFWs.
He said the CSC could also hold the exam in other countries where there are OFWs, as long as the overseas posts concerned would make a request
Close to 1,100 examinees will sit for the test this Sunday, Nov 27, at  the Delia Memorial School Hip Wo in Kwuntong. Of these, more than 100 are from Macau.
Those who pass the exam would be eligible to join government agencies once they decide to return home.
Porio said the CSC is excited to hold the exam in Hong Kong as it would mean helping Filipinos who would like to go home and enter government service.
Porio arrived in Hong Kong with two assistants on Saturday, Nov 19, for the orientation of the close to 80 volunteers who will act as proctors and watchers. The rest of his eight-man team will arrive this Friday.
“There are a number of vacancies that need to be filled up (in government offices),” Porio told The SUN during an interview at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office.
“These are first- and second-level positions to be filled up, some administrative, some clerical and professional positions. Marami,” he said.
Porio said the idea of holding the first ever civil service exam in Hong Kong was meant to enable returning OFWs to work for the government. This was reportedly communicated to CSC chair Alicia dela Rosa-Bala by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.
 “They told us that this is their (the government’s) intention and we support them. (Our) chairwoman, in her formal reply to the secretary of labor and employment said we are fully supportive whatever program the government has for the overseas Filipinos,” Porio said.
He admitted that there are still many political appointees among government employees, but said there certain standards used in vetting appointments.
“Hindi mawawala iyan (political influence)… But in any position like heads of offices, meron naman ang CSC ng qualification standards that all offices abide by,” he said.


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