CSC to revisit omnibus rules on appointments

Published May 26, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Ellson Quismorio

The Civil Service Commission’s (CSC) Omnibus Rules on Appointments and Other Human Resource Actions (ORAOHRA) is due for a revamp.


CSC Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala stated this during a recent virtual hearing of the House Defeat COVID-19 Committee’s (DCC) New Normal Cluster, where different agency officials discussed how they can make their processes more attuned to the current COVID-19 crisis.

The trend among the agencies has been to prioritize online processes as much as possible, and the Commission is no different.

“We will be revisiting the Commission’s omnibus rules on appointments, Bala told the panel chaired by Deputy Speaker, Atinque lone district Rep. Loren Legarda.

“We will allow the use of online platforms in the recruitment processes and appointments in the bureaucracy,” said the CSC chief, without going to the specifics.

The current ORAOHRA–which is a consolidation of rules pertaining to appointment, promotion, reassignment, separation, and other human resource actions in the civil service–has been in effect since August 26, 2018, or for almost two years.

The previous version of the ORAOHRA was promulgated on June 16, 2017, according to the CSC website.

The shift from the 2017 to the 2018 versions of the document was to ensure that its provisions remained in accordance with other administrative issuances and pertinent laws. This time, however, it is the dynamics of the public health emergency that triggered the planned change.

During the same House hearing, Bala revealed that CSC would also need to change the way it conducts its Career Service Examination (CSE), which she described as a “core mandate” of the Commission.

“There are two modes right now. The more intensive is the pen and paper career service examinations because we usually conduct [it] two times a year. But because of the physical and social distancing requirements as a mode to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we will be revisiting how we can ensure that this will be addressed,” she told lawmakers.

Bala said CSC would also see to it that the computer-assisted CSE, which is the second mode, “would be fully implemented in our regional offices.”