More than 13,000 examiness turned up for the rescheduled civil service examinations, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) announced.
In a statement, CSC said that a total of 13,131 examinees turned up for the rescheduled exams held on Sunday, April 24, in different parts of the country. It disclosed that the number of takers represents 73.60 percent of the expected total number of examinees previously reported at 17,840.
The exams administered were the Career Service Examination for Foreign Service Officer (CSE-FSO), originally scheduled on September 12, 2021 in nine testing centers; the Fire Officer Examination (FOE), Penology Officer Examination (POE), and Basic Competency on Local Treasury Examination (BCLTE) originally scheduled last October 10, 2021.
The CSE-FSO posted 476 actual examinees out of 711 registered or a turnout rate of 66.95 percent; the FOE with 9,411 actual examinees out of 12,723 registered (73.97 percent); the POE with 2,235 actual examinees out of 3,111 registered (71.84 percent); and the BCLTE with 1,009 examinees out of 1,295 registered (77.92 percent).
The National Capital Region (NCR) had the highest number of examinees with 3,067, followed by Region VI (Western Visayas) with 2,153 and Region II (Cagayan Valley) with 1,717.
CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles visited two Quezon City testing sites—Cubao Elementary School and UST Angelicum College— during the actual examination day to inspect the venues and the actual examination administration process. He was accompanied by CSC National Capital Region Director IV Judith D. Chicano, as well as Examination, Recruitment, and Placement Office Director IV Maria Leticia G. Reyna.
Chairperson Nograles noted the smooth and successful conduct of the examinations, save for an incident where an FOE examinee in Region II reportedly took the test booklet out of the testing room, which is now being investigated by CSC Regional Office II.
“We regret the alleged cheating performed by one of the examinees. We are already in close coordination with the authorities for the conduct of a thorough investigation,” he said.
“I would like to remind everyone that unauthorized possession of examination materials and all forms of cheating in civil service examinations are prohibited, and we will bring the full force of the law on anyone who will attempt to undermine the integrity of the civil service examinations,” he added.
Chairperson Nograles also expressed gratitude to everyone involved in the conduct of the exams.
The CSC is scheduled to administer another round of the CSE Professional and Subprofessional tests on August 7, coinciding with a second run of the CSE-FSO and first run of the Intermediate Competency on Local Treasury Examination (ICLTE), the application period for which will begin on 2 June.
It is also set to hold a second run of the FOE, POE, and BCLTE on 23 October, with applications to be accepted starting 18 August.
Interested individuals are advised to standby for relevant announcements to be posted on the CSC website at www.csc.gov.ph, the official CSC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/civilservicegovph, and the respective CSC Regional Offices’ Facebook pages.