Alas, the results were release after 60 days, a lot of examinees waited for this moment either to celebrate or mourn for failing again but as the saying goes, “Salese Murin” (Kapampangan for “We shall overcome”).
Despite the 80% passing rate and the 10-11% examinees passed ,the Civil Service Examination is one of the most anticipated and most number of examinees applied as passing the exam will give the examinee a ticket to work as regular employee in the government .
What’s in the government versus private corporations?
As of 2018 60-80% Majority of the workforce in the Philippines comes from private companies, recruitment is as easy as a breeze as long as you have the required qualifications and education background but important thing is experience in the job that the applicant have . As recruitment is easy, so as the risk . Some private companies, tend to have problems in bankruptcy and closure and the private companies may also face with intense labor disputes as some delay their salaries or pay them in half and the so called age discrimination despite a law enforcing it. Lastly , SSS , the private firms insurance policy only offers as low as P1,500 as pension for members who were contributing for 20 years but still not enough for retirees to pay the basic needs for this modern generation .
The 20% remaining workforce belongs to the government agencies, from the Presidential Office to the Lowest Barangay, the government offers not just the experience working for the people , also the benefits which has to offer for individuals who wants to serve the government.
One of them is the Salary Grade rate, which is much more higher than the Salary Rate In which private companies are adopting where it depends on place , the more remote the employee is working , the lower the salary rate has that’s why some flocked to Metro Manila to find a Job due to the higher salary rate but in the government, the Salary is fixed wherever you are working in the Philippines. Best of all, the higher the position is, the higher the Salary Grade you have.
Another one is the Additional Benefits, Bonuses and Other incentives, in the private companies some offer benefits such as clothing and other allowance but only the monetary value benefits are the ones employees are anticipating for during the end of the year such as the mandatory 13th month pay during December and optional Cash Bonuses, but it will depend on the discretion of the company if they will offer it.
In the government, aside from the 13th month pay which is mandated by law, there is the Performance Based Bonus and Cash Gift which will be given during December and if you are lucky enough to work in a big government agency , you can get the SARA or the so called big one which gives the employee a whooping 20 thousand, there is however one condition, you need to be a regular employee and to become one is to pass the Civil Service Examination and have the experience and educational background, if you missed one of the qualifications, you won’t receive the benefits.
But the bottom-line is , serving in the government is not just the benefits, but also the perks of serving you fellow Filipinos and that’s is what I consider the most fruitful reward as the saying goes “When you serve People, you also Serve God.”
Author: Jay Raymund Yuson
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