The Civil Service Commission (CSC), in partnership with the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), conducted a tree planting activity on 29 November, the eve of Bonifacio Day, at the CSC Central Office in Batasan Hills, Quezon City.
CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles led the activity with UPLB Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs Roberto P. Cereno, MM. Joining the two officials were CSC Commissioners Aileen Lourdes A. Lizada and Ryan Alvin R. Acosta, UPLB Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs Dr. Benevieve D. Villanueva, and other CSC and university officials.
Planted on the site were bignay, lipote, and catmon seedlings, all donated by UPLB.
Chairperson Karlo Nograles noted that it is CSC’s way of commemorating the heroism of Andres Bonifacio, the Father of Philippine Revolution, and a Supreme Leader of the Katipunan.
“Bilang pagkilala sa iniwang legacy o pamana sa atin ni Andres Bonifacio, nagsagawa tayo ng tree planting activity na isang paraan upang maipamalas ang ating pagmamahal sa bayan sa pamamagitan ng pangangalaga ng ating likas yaman,” Chairperson Nograles said.
Central and regional officials of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) gathered for a three-day Directorate Conference on 21 to 23 November 2022 at the Development Academy of the Philippines Conference Center, Tagaytay City to formulate the agency’s goals and strategic plans for the succeeding years.
CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles stressed on the importance of the activity. “Mahalaga para sa anumang organisasyon na may malinaw na layunin, stratehiya, at plano na gagabay sa lahat ng mga gawain nito. The CSC holds the gargantuan task of looking after government’s 1.8 million workers, and having a well-crafted and detailed strategy would help us set our direction, identify our priorities, and align our employees toward a common goal.”
He added, “Maganda itong pagkakataon para sa newly constituted Commission—na kinabibilingan ko bilang Tagapangulo at ng ating dalawang Komisyonado, si Commissioner Aileen Lourdes A. Lizada at Commissioner Ryan Alvin R. Acosta—na magkaisa at makilahok sa pagsusuri ng kasalukuyang Vision, Mission, at Values ng CSC at pagbuo ng bagong Strategy Map na maaaring magtakda ng klase ng aming pamumuno sa mga susunod na taon,” the CSC chief said.
Government workers can soon avail themselves of financial education training from the Civil Service Commission (CSC).
In his message of support delivered on 21 November 2022 at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) virtual 5th Financial Education Stakeholders Expo, CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles said that his agency is already laying the groundwork for the Financial Education Program for Civil Servants, a joint initiative between CSC, BSP, and the BDO Foundation.
The program aims to provide civil servants with knowledge, skills, and values on concepts such as financial planning, saving, budgeting, debt management, investments, financial scam prevention, and consumer protection, among others. It intends to promote financial literacy and enables them to apply their learnings to financial decision-making.
“This will help us achieve our goal of enhancing the well-being of our government workforce through financial literacy, capacitating them with skills and knowledge that allow them to make informed and better decisions on their financial resources,” he said.
As the government undergoes devolution, Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chairperson Karlo Nograles reminded local chief executives to ensure uninterrupted service delivery.
“Dahil sa kasalukuyang devolution, inaasahan nating may mangyayaring mga pagbabago sa mga pamahalaang lokal. Kaya tayo ay umaapela sa mga local chief executives na siguruhing tuluy-tuloy ang pagbibigay ng mahusay na serbisyo sa kanilang mga constituents, lalung-lalo na pagdating sa mga basic and critical services na kailangang-kailangan ng ating mga kababayan,” Nograles said.
It can be recalled that the previous administration issued Executive Order (EO) No. 138 dated 1 June 2021, mandating the full devolution of certain functions of the Executive Branch to the Local Government Units (LGUs). The devolution is in consonance with the Supreme Court decision, known as the “Mandanas ruling”, which increased the National Tax Allotment of LGUs; consequently, the national government is constrained to download or transfer its certain functions down to the LGUs.
Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chairperson Karlo Nograles underscored the critical role of human resource (HR) management as the public sector workplace faces transformations brought by COVID-19.
In his virtual keynote message at the Seminar-Conference on Public Sector Productivity held by the Development Academy of the Philippines on 18 November 2022 via hybrid mode, the CSC chief said that the global pandemic caused drastic shifts in the way people work and organizations function, and that HR is at the center of this transition.
“HR was given the chance to strengthen its role and to contribute in ways that will be more effective and more valued than ever before. Instead of seeing the glass as half-empty, organizations, which include our government offices, are allowed to implement changes with HR at the forefront,” he said.