Incumbents of positions in the fire and penology services, as well as interested private individuals, have until Jan. 22, 2016 to file their applications for the Fire Officer and Penology Officer examinations, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) said.
The CSC, in collaboration with the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), will simultaneously administer the Fire Officer Examination and the Penology Officer Examination on March 13, 2016.
The Fire Officer and Penology Officer examinations are open to incumbent and former personnel of the BFP and BJMP, respectively, including Bureau of Corrections and all provincial and sub-provincial jails for the latter.
Applicants must be Filipino citizens; holding a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution of learning; physically and mentally fit; of good moral character; have not been convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude; and have not been dishonorably discharged from military service or dismissed for cause from any civilian position in the government. Applicants with pending administrative and/or criminal cases may take the examinations without prejudice to forfeiture of the eligibility if later convicted.
For private individuals interested to take either of the examinations, the CSC clarified that age and height requirements shall apply in addition to the above mentioned requirements. For the Fire Officer exam, applicants must be 21 to 35 years old at the time of filing of applications; no height is required. For the Penology Officer exam, applicants must be 21 to 30 years old and at least 5’4” in height for male and 5’2” for female.
Applicants are advised to access and read thoroughly CSC Examination Announcement No. 08, s. 2015 at the CSC website www.csc.gov.ph or through the link http://web.csc.gov.ph/cscsite2/examination-announcement-no-08-,-s-2015, for details on testing centers, qualifications, application requirements particularly on specifications of I.D. pictures and list of accepted I.D. cards, where to get and file application forms, scope of examination, and other relevant information. Examination fee is PhP700.
Applications should be filed in person at the CSC Regional Office (CSCRO), or at any of the concerned CSCRO’s Field Offices, where the applicant intends to take the examination.
The CSC said resulting eligibilities are the Fire Officer Eligibility and the Penology Officer Eligibility, which are both second level eligibilities. The former is specific and appropriate to second level ranks in the fire protection service and functionally related positions; the latter to second level ranks under the uniformed service in the jail management, penology, and functionally related services. Ranks under the Philippine National Police are not covered by the eligibilities, the CSC stressed.