18 October 2022 - A total of 80,805 individuals are expected to troop to 28 testing centers nationwide on 23 October 2022 to take civil service examinations, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) announced. 

The CSC expects 63,621 examinees for the Fire Officer Examination (FOE), 10,461 for the Penology Officer Examination (POE), and 6,723 for the Basic Competency on Local Treasury Examination (BCLTE). 

Most of the examinees will be coming from Region IX with 9,235 examinees, followed by Caraga Region with 8,633 examinees, and National Capital Region with 8,174 examinees. 

Registered examinees of the said exams are advised to check their school assignments using the Online Notice of School Assignment or ONSA at http://erpo.csc.gov.ph/eNOSAv3/. They may also inquire directly with the CSC Regional or Field Office concerned. [CSC directory] 

Also available through the ONSA is the Examinee’s Guide, which contains full details on the whole examination process. Examinees must read the guide thoroughly, and avoid sharing a copy to the public as it is only for their exclusive use. 


Exam day 

The CSC said that only examinees wearing face masks will be allowed to enter the testing venue, while the use of face shields is encouraged as an added protection against COVID-19. 

The upcoming exams will strictly observe the “No ID, No Exam” policy. Examinees must present a valid (not expired) ID card on examination day, preferably the same one presented during the filing of application. The following ID cards shall be accepted—Driver’s License/Temporary Driver’s License (LTO O.R. must be presented together with old Driver’s License; O.R. alone is not allowed)/Student Driver’s Permit; Passport; PRC License; SSS ID; GSIS ID (UMID); Voter’s ID/Voter’s Certification; BIR/Taxpayer’s ID (ATM type/TIN card type with picture); PhilHealth ID (must have the bearer’s name, clear picture, signature and PhilHealth number); Company/Office ID; School ID; Police Clearance/Police Clearance Certificate; Postal ID; Barangay ID; NBI Clearance; Seaman’s Book; HDMF Transaction ID; PWD ID; Solo Parent ID; Senior Citizen’s ID; CSC Eligibility Card (implemented only beginning with the 3 May 2015 CSE-PPT); and Philippine Identification (PhilID) Card. 

The CSC also requires fully vaccinated examinees to present the original or a digital copy of their vaccination card/proof of full vaccination, such as the VaxCert; while unvaccinated or partially vaccinated examinees must present a negative RT-PCR, saliva, or antigen test result. Fully vaccinated individuals assigned in testing centers located in local government units requiring RT-PCR, saliva, or antigen testing must also present negative test results. 

Examinees must submit a Health Declaration Form pre-accomplished not earlier than one day or within 24 hours prior to exam day. The space for the temperature reading must be left blank as thermal scanning will be done at the main entrance of the school/testing venue on exam day. 

Examinees who were not able to submit a Certificate of Consent during the prescribed period must also bring one on the day of the exam. 

The CSC further stated that only black ball pens may be used in answering the test, and that examinees shall not be allowed to share or borrow ball pens as a health precaution. 

Examinees may opt to bring alcohol or hand sanitizer that is not more than 100 mL in size, as well as snacks and water. 

Examinees should be at the testing venue not later than 6:30 a.m., or as required by the CSC Regional/Field Office concerned. Gates of testing venues shall be closed at exactly 7:45 a.m.

Examinees are strongly advised to visit or conduct an ocular inspection of their assigned school/testing venue at least one day before the exam to be familiar with the location, available means of public transport, and the amount of travel time needed considering the traffic situation. 

The complete text of the related examination advisories [FOE] [POE] [BCLTE] can be accessed from the CSC website at www.csc.gov.ph

About the exams 

The FOE, POE, and BCLTE are intended to establish a roster of eligibles for certain functional positions in government. 

The resulting eligibilities of the FOE and POE – the Fire Officer Eligibility and the Penology Officer Eligibility – are both second level eligibilities that are specific and appropriate for second level ranks in the fire protection and jail management and penology services, respectively, and other functionally related services. The appropriateness of these eligibilities does not include ranks under the Philippine National Police. 

The resulting eligibility of the BCLTE, Local Treasurer Eligibility, is a second level eligibility appropriate for appointment only to Local Treasurer and Assistant Local Treasurer positions, and to positions under the Financial Services which do not involve practice of profession and are not covered by any Bar/Board or special law. 

The BCLTE is part of the Standardized Examination and Assessment for Local Treasury Service Program of the Department of Finance, which seeks to professionalize the ranks and improve the competencies of treasurers. It is meant to improve the recruitment and selection process in the local treasury service.