Civil Service Commission (CSC) launched the Civil Service Institute (CSI) that aims to be the premier training institution for state workers.
“With the opening of the CSI, the Commission has reached a milestone in its efforts to develop a public sector workforce driven by service excellence and integrity,” said CSC Chair Francisco T. Duque III during the institute’s launch last July 26 at the CSC central office in Batasan Hills, Quezon City.
“We hope that the CSI will eventually be at par with learning institutions of other countries such as the Civil Service College in Singapore or the National Institute of Public Administration in Malaysia,” he added.
Duque said that the training programs under the CSI are specifically designed to enrich the knowledge, skills and attitudes of state workers in line with the CSC’s mandate of transforming every civil servant into a lingkod-bayani or servant hero.
Initial course offerings include CSC’s flagship training programs on values and governance, namely, Values Orientation Workshop, Public Service Ethics and Accountability, Basic Customer Service Skills, Service Excellence Delivery Program, Gender Sensitivity Seminar, and Administrative Justice.
New training programs will also be introduced, such as Creating a Learning Mindset, Financial Planning Workshop for First Level, High Performance for Public Supervisors, Project Management, Powerful Media Relations, Ethical Decision Making for Public Managers, and Future Leadership Program.
These courses will be available to all civil servants beginning September 2011.
From August to November 2011, the CSI will also offer the six flagship courses to officials and employees of the “First 20”, or the 20 provincial governments chosen by the CSC to receive human resource interventions. They will be the first batch of scholars under the CSC’s Local Scholarship Program (Modified) or LSP, which means they can take the courses for free.
The “First 20” is composed of the Provincial Governments of Abra, Apayao, Zamboanga del Norte, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Sarangani, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, Tawi-tawi, Oriental Mindoro, Northern Samar, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Negros Oriental, Occidental Mindoro and Masbate.
Aside from conducting trainings, the CSI will offer scholarships to deserving state workers, also under the LSP, beginning 2012. The scholarship can be used to complete a diploma or masters programme that meets the needs of the agency where the scholar is employed.