As the nation celebrates Local Government Month this October, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) reminds local government officials of the special eligibilities that they may apply for.
The Barangay Official Eligibility (BOE) is granted by the CSC pursuant to Republic Act No. 7160 or the “Local Government Code of 1991” to elective and appointive barangay officials based on completion of their term of office.
The elective barangay officials are Punong Barangay/Barangay Captain, regular Sangguniang Barangay Members, and Sangguniang Kabataan Chairpersons; while the appointive barangay officials include Barangay Treasurers and Barangay Secretaries who were appointed by the duly elected Punong Barangay.
Completion of term of office is defined as follows:
- For elected barangay officials, it shall refer to the term of office as specified by the prevailing law on term of office of elected barangay officials.
- For appointive barangay officials, it shall refer to the continuous number of years of satisfactory service rendered from the time of appointment, which must correspond to the number of years covering the term of office of the appointing Punong Barangay and may include services rendered under previous appointment.
Only the abovementioned barangay officials who completed their term of office on 1 August 2012 (the effectivity date of the related CSC policy) and onwards may qualify for the BOE. Those who completed their term of office before the said date may no longer apply.
The BOE is considered appropriate for appointment to first level positions in the career service, except for those that require qualifications in skills or trade test and/or requiring passing the Board or Bar examinations, or requiring eligibilities provided under special laws.
Meanwhile, Sanggunian Members may apply for the Sanggunian Member Eligibility (SME).
Specifically covered by the grant of SME are the Vice Mayor, as presiding officer for the Sangguniang Bayan or Sangguniang Panlungsod; Vice Governor, as presiding officer for the Sangguniang Panlalawigan; and regular Sanggunian Members of the Sangguniang Bayan, Sangguniang Panlungsod, and Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
The CSC grants the SME pursuant to Republic Act No. 10156 or “An Act Conferring upon Members of the Sangguniang Bayan, Sangguniang Panlungsod, and Sangguniang Panlalawigan the Appropriate Civil Service Eligibility under Certain Circumstances, and for Other Purposes.”
To apply for the Sanggunian Member First Level Eligibility, the Sanggunian Member must have served for an aggregate period of six (6) years and have completed at least 72 units leading to a baccalaureate or bachelor’s degree.
For the Sanggunian Member Second Level Eligibility, the applicant must have served for an aggregate period of nine (9) years and have completed a baccalaureate or bachelor’s degree.
The applicant’s name must also be included in the corresponding Master List issued by the concerned Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) office.
For Sanggunian Members who were elected in the May 2013 elections and thereafter, the period of application shall be within two (2) years upon meeting the required number of years of service. Those who completed the six- or nine-year service requirement prior to May 2013 may no longer apply for the SME.
The SME is considered appropriate for appointment to second and first level positions in the career service, except those that require qualifications in skills or trade test and/or requiring passing the Board or Bar examinations, or requiring eligibilities provided under special laws. Moreover, the Sanggunian Member First Level Eligibility shall be applicable for entrance and promotion to first level career service positions only, while the Sanggunian Member Second Level Eligibility shall be applicable for entrance and promotion to first level and second level career service positions.
Complete details on how to apply are found on the CSC website at www.csc.gov.ph. Interested applicants may also contact the CSC Regional or Field Office having jurisdiction over the province, city, or municipality where an applicant has rendered his/her last term or years of service.