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Philippines: CSC Revives Civil Service Academy
Source: balita.ph
Source Date: Thursday, October 21, 2010
Focus: ICT for MDGs
Country: Philippines
Created: Oct 25, 2010

MANILA, Oct. 20 – The Civil Service Commission (CSC) said on Wednesday it is pushing for the revival of a centralized training institution for civil servants.

The CSC recently made possible the reconstitution of the Board of Trustees of the Civil Service Academy (CSA).

The Board is composed of CSC Chair Francisco T. Duque III as chairman, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director-General Cayetano W. Paderanga Jr. as vice chairman, and Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Florencio B. Abad, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse M. Robredo and Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) President Antonio D. Kalaw Jr. as members.

Presidential Decree No. 1218 created the CSA in 1977 to serve as the training arm of the CSC and to be responsible for the planning, formulation and implementation of training and other employee or career development programs for rank-and-file employees and managers in public service. However, the CSA stopped operations in the mid-1980s.

“Reviving the CSA is part of the Commission’s goal to ensure the competence and credibility of state workers running the vital programs and services of government,” said Duque.

The CSA will provide direct training delivery to state workers nationwide and serve as the laboratory for public personnel policies and programs.

It is envisioned to be the primary source of authoritative and accurate data and information on government personnel and public sector employment. It will also be the forerunner in the conduct of studies and research on public personnel administration.

Duque said that while the CSC has developed a host of programs geared to the specific needs of particular sectors and occupational groups in the bureaucracy, a central learning organization for the Philippine civil service is necessary.

“Singapore, for instance has its Civil Service College; Malaysia, its National Institute of Public Administration; and Korea, the Central Officials Training Institute. Brunei has its own Brunei Civil Service Institute that has been assisting the government in drawing up research, management and administrative competencies,” he stressed. (PNA)

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