CSC encourages honor graduates to apply for eligibility

Published April 16, 2021, 1:55 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) urged Friday, April 16, honor graduates to apply for eligibility, in preparation for their possible entry to the government service. 

Civil Service Commission (CSC)

The CSC said the eligibility may be used to vie for career positions in the government.

“The CSC grants the Honor Graduate Eligibility (HGE) to graduates of private higher education institutions in the Philippines from school year 1972-1973 and thereafter, with baccalaureate/bachelor’s degree recognized by the Commission on Higher Education, or state/local college or university with baccalaureate/bachelor’s degree included in its charter, or baccalaureate/bachelor’s degree duly approved by its Board of Trustees/Board of Regents,” it said in a statement. 

It noted that CSC Resolution No. 1302714 was issued on Dec. 17, 2013 to expand the grant of eligibility and include honor graduates from foreign schools.

“Honor graduates from a reputable foreign school – as verified by the Department of Foreign Affairs through the Philippine Foreign Service Posts, or as certified by a foreign government in compliance with the apostille requirements under CSC Resolution No. 2000349 dated 11 February 2020 – may apply for the Foreign School Honor Graduate Eligibility (FSHGE), provided that they are Filipino citizens,” it said. 

The Commission explained that the HGE and FSHGE “are second level eligibilities appropriate for first and second level positions in the government that do not involve practice of profession and are not covered by bar, board, or other special laws.”

It advised the public to submit the applications for HGE to the CSC Regional Office (CSC RO) having jurisdiction over the area where the applicant finished his/her degree, or to any of the CSC RO’s field offices. 

“Applications for FSHGE may be submitted to the nearest CSC Regional or Field Office where the applicant is currently based,” it said.

“However, due to the risks of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease)  pandemic, applicants are advised to contact the CSC RO to confirm the best means to submit their application, or to check if there are restrictions imposed by the local government unit where the CSC RO is located,” the CSC pointed out. 

It noted that the complete list of requirements can be accessed from the CSC website at

“The Commission grants the HGE and FSHGE to qualified individuals pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 907, issued on 11 March 1976, which 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 bouy up the quality of the civil service”,” the Commission said. 

The CSC said a total of 4,642 applications for HGEs were granted in 2020.

“Only two FSHGE were conferred in the same year,” it said.