• The Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) will work with the Civil Service Commission to conduct the civil service professional and sub-professional examination among workers based in Hong Kong
  • The undertaking is part of the government’s reintegration campaign to encourage overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to return to the country for good
  • The program was conceptualized based on the result of a sign-up campaign initiated by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Hong Kong where many OFWs working in Hong Kong expressed their desire to come home, be with their families, and work for the government

As part of the government’s reintegration campaign to encourage overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to return to the country for good, the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) will work with the Civil Service Commission to conduct the civil service professional and sub-professional examination among workers based in Hong Kong.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said their agency sought the help of the Civil Service Commission (CSC)  as “thousands” of OFWs are now interested to work in the government under the Duterte administration, an article published by GMA News Online stated.

The labor secretary disclosed that the program was conceptualized based on the result of a sign-up campaign initiated by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Hong Kong where many OFWs working in Hong Kong expressed their desire to come home, be with their families, and work for the government.

To occupy permanent position in the government, one has to pass the civil service examination and be conferred of either professional or sub professional eligibility.

Regardless of educational attainment, the examination is open to individuals who are Filipino citizens including those holding dual citizenship with an age requirement of at least 18 years old at the time of filing of application, and have not taken the same level of examination within three months before the date of examination.

According to POLO Hong Kong Labor Attaché Jalilo O. Dela Torre, who has been making representations with CSC officials for the realization of the undertaking, the CSC is contemplating to opt for the paper and pencil examinations to be held in November.

As revealed by Dela Torre, the CSC is now benchmarking with the PRC on the mechanics of holding an examination overseas.

Expressing optimism on the success of the  program, Bello said the initiative will support the reverse migration advocacy of the government considering the social cost of migration, especially to the children who are being left behind when one or both parents leave home to seek greener pastures abroad.