CSC Recognizes SC as the Pioneer in Digitalized and Regionalized Professional Licensure Examinations
November 20, 2022
Hon. Alfredo Benjamin S. Caguioa, Supreme Court Associate Justice and 2022 Bar Examinations Chairperson, receives and tours Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chairperson Atty. Karlo A. B. Nograles at the testing center at the Ateneo de Manila University in Katipunan, Quezon City on November 20, 2022 where the CSC delegates observed the conduct of the 2022 Bar Examinations. (Courtesy of the Supreme Court – Public Information Office)
The Supreme Court shared with the Civil Service Commission (CSC) its knowledge on how the Court conducted its digitalized and regionalized 2022 Bar Examinations.
This as the CSC expressed its congratulations and full support for the efforts of the Supreme Court towards the digital transformation of the conduct of Bar Examinations. The Bar Examinations, the admission test for lawyers, is considered as the toughest professional licensure examination in the country.
In a letter dated 08 November 2022, CSC Chairperson Karlo A. B. Nograles requested Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo to allow a CSC delegation to observe the operations of the Bar Examinations in the Command Center at the Ateneo de Manila University. The Command Center monitors the conduct of the Bar examinations in 14 local testing centers nationwide. The same letter was endorsed by Chief Justice Gesmundo to Supreme Court Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin S. Caguioa, this year’s Bar Examinations Chairperson.
“In line with our vision to transition from the conventional pen-and- paper examinations, the Commission plans to introduce digitalized and localized examinations for the CSC-PPT [Civil Service Examinations – Pen and Paper Test] sustaining the momentum of the digital shift pioneered by the Supreme Court….As we transition to this digitalized platform, we would like to request the support of the Supreme Court in a collaborative endeavor for the adoption of policies and methodologies towards this digital shift,” CSC Chairperson Nograles said in his letter.
CSC Chairperson Nograles said that aside from observing the actual conduct of the Bar examinations, their visit was “to benchmark the procedures and operations for formal integration of [the Court’s] best practices in the localized and digitalized civil service examinations.”
CSC Chairperson Nograles said that the CSC has resumed the administration of the Civil Service Examinations – Pen and Paper Test (CSC- PPT) from almost two years of suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the first half of this year, the CSC administered eight eligibility examinations with 213,081 takers, resulting in 35,382 passers. Meanwhile, the examinations held last August 2022 yielded 26,307 passers out of 138,703 takers, and just recently, last October 2022, a total of 74,766 examinees took three civil service examinations administered nationwide. ###