Forty-seven OFWs pass civil service exams in HK

MANILA — Forty-seven overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) residing in Hong Kong and Macau can now realize their dream of returning to the Philippines and pursue a career in the government after passing the Civil Service Commission (CSC) examinations.

Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III announced over the weekend the CSC advisory on individual examination results and issuance of Certification of Eligibility to passers of the Career Service Examination-Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) in Hong Kong.

Based on the advisory, 47 out of 953 OFW-examinees, or 4.93 percent, passed the CSE-PPT held in Kowloon, Hong Kong last November, according to Bello.

Of the total passers, 17 out of 676 examinees, or 2.51 percent, passed the Professional Level exam, while 30 out of 277, or 10.83 percent, passed the Sub-Professional Level, he said.

The passers of the Professional level are Mary Joy G. Alfonga, Ma. Tricia Nhela S. Balagso, Joceline A. Dam-Ag, Cynthia T. Dingil, Zosima L. Dul-Og, Lorena B. Galvez, Joanna Marie P. Gutierrez, Yunika V. Moraleja, Maria Venus G. Pacapac, Carla Teresa P. Ramos, Laarni C. Sacramento, Ellen E. Sajulla, Sally B. Solis, Kristine A. Sumawang, Gregoria B. Tolentino, Patricia Clara R. Tubaǹa, and Filipina O. Villacampa.

Obtaining a Career Service Professional Eligibility is appropriate for both first level (clerical) and second level (technical up to division chief) positions in the government that do not involve practice of profession and are not covered by special or other laws.

On the other hand, sub-professional passers, who can pursue for first level (clerical) positions in the government,are Christina A. Agus, Gemma B. Arnaiz, Mary Faith G. Galve, Salome S. Jimenez, Catherine T. Ronquillo, Maricris C. Tumbaga, Ginalyn T. Agacia, Vernisa A. Alingbas, Annalou B. Bodoǹa, Retchell L. De Lemos, Ana Rose R. Gapusan, Jocelyn U. Ventura, Azenith G. Antonio, Jomaica Marie F. Cuenco, and Malou L. Dela Cruz.

Completing the sub-professional level passers are Janet D. Flores, Marina E. Petallano, Ana Marie G. Bayot, Cristy Anne A. Leal, Babylyn A. Abasa, Mary Ann G. Alegarme, June Andrea D. Ramos, Loniza G. Navaja, Silvestra B. Balatico, Argelisa M. Baleros, Mary Ann B. Liegen, Merania T. Ngupos, Princess Joy E. Peralta, Mary C. Ekwasen, and Gladde Mae D. Balucan.

Bello, citing the information provided in the advisory, said passers should personally claim their Certification of Eligibility upon their return to the Philippines at the CSC office they indicated on the online registration form. Representatives are not allowed to claim the Certification on their behalf.

He added that in claiming the Certification, the passers must present their valid Philippine Passport, valid Hong Kong Identity Card, or valid Macau Identification Card and, if available, their application receipt or CSC official receipt.

Bello reminded the OFW-passers that obtaining a Professional or Sub-Professional Eligibility is just one of the basic requirements in applying for a position in a government office.

“Other requirements that should also be met for permanent appointment to a government career service position includes education, working experience and relevant trainings,” he said.

The CSC examination is part of the DOLE’s reintegration campaign to encourage OFWs to return to the country for good.

“This initiative will support the reverse migration advocacy of the government,” Bello said.