Ex-CSC chairperson Karina David dies at 73


Posted at May 08 2019 02:10 PM | Updated as of May 08 2019 02:52 PM

A portrait of former Civil Service Commission (CSC) chairperson Karina Constantino-David. Courtesy of Prof. Randy David

Former Civil Service Commission (CSC) chairperson Karina Constantino-David passed away Tuesday night. She was 73. 

"It is with utmost grief that our family announces the passing of our beloved Karina Constantino-David," her family said in a statement. 

"Much of her life was spent serving the Filipino people in her work as professor, activist, community organizer, and public servant. She was a patriot in the true sense of the word."
"As a professional, she was the epitome of discipline, intelligence and integrity; as a wife, mother, and grandmother, she was the perfect example of patience, selflessness and unconditional love."

David was the daughter of renowned historian Renato Constantino, and devoted years of her life towards government service. 

David served as undersecretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development from 1986 to 1988 and chaired the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council from 1998 to 2000. She served as chairperson of the CSC from 2001 until 2008. 

She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the GSIS from 2010 until 2016. 

She was also executive director of Harnessing Self-Reliant Initiatives and Knowledge (HASIK) - a non-government organization - from 1988 to 1998.

David was an assistant professor in the University of the Philippines, where she finished Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, from 1970 to 1975.

The former CSC chairperson was known for her advocacy on women's rights, having served as vice chairperson of the Women's Action Network for Development (1990-1998) and consultant to poverty and women's program policy planning of the Asian and Pacific Development Centre. David was also a composer-guitarist of female duo Inang Laya - a group known for their progressive and feminist songs - from 1981 up until her death. 

She is survived by husband University of the Philippines professor emeritus Randy David; their children, broadcaster Kara David, UP Diliman Professor Dr Carlos Primo David, Nadya Melina David and Jika David; and their grandchildren.