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CSC in Bicol starts offering computerized exams

By Connie Calipay

LEGAZPI CITY --- The Civil Service Commission (CSC) started the automated and integrated administration of computerized examination (Comex) for public servant aspirants in the Bicol Region on Friday.

Chairperson Karlo Nograles said the initiative is part of the CSC’s vision to digitalize and streamline the services they offer to the public.

"Comex is just one of the projects of the commission for digitalization. We've been doing this nationwide and so far, there was no problem with the integrity of the system. The questions were centralized and secure," Nograles said in a press conference.

To ensure stability in server and internet connection, Nograles said CSC-Bicol used at three internet service providers.

"We are on benchmarking with the provider of Supreme Court for the bar exams. If we can procure that sort type of system, we can expand even more," he added.

Nograles said their top priority is to safeguard the integrity of the exams.

He reminded that keeping a copy of the questionnaire after the exam, taking photos and even memorizing a question and posting it are punishable by law.

He also clarified that the Pen and Paper Test (PPT) exam will continue since they are considering the demand and comfort of the examinees.

CSC Bicol Director Daisy Bragais said at least 20 slots will be open for every examination twice a week.

The Comex fee is PHP650 while it’s PHP500 for the PPT.

There is no limit as to the frequency of taking the examination, but it should not be within three months from the last. (PNA)

DIGITALIZATION EFFORTS. Civil Service Commission Chairperson Karlo Nograles witnesses a government worker-aspirant taking the computerized examination for civil service eligibility at the CSC-Bicol office in Legazpi City, Albay on Friday (Feb. 16, 2024). The Computerized Examination has the same scope as the Pen and Paper Test, which includes verbal, numerical, analytical abilities, and other general information questions, both for professional and sub-professional levels. (PNA photo by Connie Calipay)


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