MANILA The Civil Service Commission (CSC) on Wednesday urged graduates with honors to apply for Honor Graduate Eligibility (HGE).
The CSC, in a statement, said the HGE is applicable to graduates from private higher education institutions recognized by the Commission on Higher Education or from state and local colleges and universities with baccalaureate or bachelor's degree.
"Graduates with summa cum laude, magna cum laude, cum laude honors or their equivalent from a reputable foreign school, as verified by the Department of Foreign Affairs through the Philippine Foreign Service Posts, may apply for the Foreign School Honor Graduate Eligibility (FSHGE), provided that they are Filipino citizens," the CSC added.
The HGE and FSHGE are second level eligibilities considered appropriate for first and second level positions in government which do not involve the practice of profession and are not covered by the bar, board and other laws.
The Commission grants the HGE to qualified individuals pursuant to Presidential Decree 907 issued on March 11, 1976.
It mandates the grant of civil service eligibility to college honor graduates in the hope that immediate absorption of these honor graduates in the public service will assure their participation in public affairs and buoy up the quality of the civil service".
In line with PD 907, the Commission issued CSC Resolution 1302714 on December 17, 2013 to include honor graduates from foreign schools in the grant of eligibility.
"Applications for HGE may be submitted to the CSC Regional Office (CSC RO) covering the area where the applicant finished his/her degree, or to any of the CSC RO's field offices while applications for FSHGE may be submitted to the nearest CSC Regional or Field Office where the applicant is currently based," the CSC said.
In case the applicant is already based in another region, applications submitted through a conduit CSC RO or via mail or courier is accepted. The complete list of requirements and application procedures are available on the CSC website at www.csc.gov.ph.
There is an application fee of PHP200. Upon approval of the application, candidates must pay an additional PHP300 as processing fee or a total of PHP500.
In 2018, the CSC has conferred 12,557 HGEs and one FSHGE. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency