Yearly the NNC-Region III conducts and ensure that the regional nutrition office staff are refresh with the Civil Service Commission’s rules and regulations.  Although, some of the staff are contractual staff, they are given the equal opportunity to learn and embrace the glory and challenges of civil service as part of the government’s workforce. In a way, working together as one is the motto of NNC Region III Team: Together Everyone Achieves More. 

On the 5th of September 2022, the team was able to accomplish  one of the targets in the 2022 Training and Development Plan and that was it.  DMO II Rose Anne M. Cuyco facilitated the opening prayer, singing of the national anthem and the National Nutrition Council hymn. RNPC Ana Maria B. Rosaldo gave her warm welcome message expressing her profound gratitude to Regional Director Fernando O. Mendoza of CSC-RO3 for supporting this endeavor of NNC-RO3 to widen its personnel’s knowledge on the specific CSC rules and regulations covering not only government employees but also the contract service workers who also play a significant part in the realization of RO3 staff’s certain competencies in performing their tasks. NPC Rosaldo mentioned that the request for orientation on CSC rules and regulations is part of the approved training and development plan for CY 2022 of NNC-Region III.  Similar orientation was done in the past but there is a need to have regular updates on the rules and regulations since the agency have new set of staff.

Two subject matter experts (SMEs) from the Civil Service Commission (CSC), Regional Office III located at Diosdado Macapagal Government Center, Barangay Maimpis, City of San Fernando, Pampanga were invited to facilitate the orientation, namely Attorney Maria Melissa D. Cariňo, Attorney VI and Officer-In-Charge of Legal Services Division; and Mr. Edwin P. Sunglao, Supervising Personnel Specialist of Human Services Division Atty. Maria Melissa D. Cariňo defined Civil Service as “a generic term which refer to all officials and employees in all the branches, subdivision, instrumentalities and agencies of the government, including government-controlled corporations with original charters” based on Rule 1, Section 4D of the Revised Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service or RACCS.  The session includes the following topics: scope of civil service, the historical highlights of the CSC, functions of the CSC, the eight laws governing the civil service employees and officials.  She also gave an overview on RA 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, which deals mainly on the eight (8) norms of conduct of public officials and employees, systems of incentives and awards, duties of public officials and employees, and prohibited acts and transactions in the government service.  One good reminder that she discussed and reviewed with the RO3 Team was the nationality and patriotism which involves the “Pambansang Sagisag”, which started with the “watawat” and ended with pambansang sapin sa paa.  It was fun to recall what the pambansang ulam, which made the RO3 Team wonder awhile. All along, we knew that it is “adobo”. Only to find out that it is actually lechon, as the pambansang ulam. Similarly, pambansang sayaw is not tinikling but “cariňosa”.
On the other hand, Mr. Edwin P. Sunglao discussed the General Leave Laws, Government Working Hours and Flexible Work Arrangements. The objectives of the discussion were the following: 1) to identify the different types of leaves; 2) be familiar with the rules of government working hours; and 3) identify the different types of flexible working arrangements.  He discussed the omnibus rules on leave, who are entitled/covered; the types of leave; RA 11210 or the Expanded Maternity Leave Law from 60 days to 105 days, including granting of additional 15 days for solo parents; Magna Carta for Women or RA 9710; government office hours, commutation and monetization of leave credits; and policies governing official hours, tardiness, undertime and forms being used for various leave. Mr. Sunglao also touched on the details of CSC resolution No. 2200209 dated May 18, 2022 and CSC Memorandum Circular No. 6 series of 2022 with effectivity date June 16, 2022 - Policies on Flexible Work Arrangements (6 types, general requirements and the parameters of implementation) covering all government agencies, appointive government officials and employees, job orders and contract of service.

It was indeed a fruitful and a promising event for the RO3 team to look forward to a more collaborative efforts, teamwork and strengthened commitment bearing in mind that “civil service is a public trust”.


Author: NO III Angelita M. Pasos 
             31 January 2023