MANILA (UPDATE) -- The Civil Service Commission (CSC) is mulling ways to shift its exams online as coronavirus infections continue to spread, an official said Wednesday.
"We need to restructure our pen-and-paper test ," CSC Commissioner Aileen Lizada said in a Laging Handa public briefing.
"In transition, hahanap po ng paraan (we will find a way) how to bridge the gap going to online," she added.
Lizada, in an interview with ABS-CBN's Teleradyo, urged Filipinos aged 18 years old and above who plan to work in government to take the civil service exams even if they have yet to graduate.
"Habang fresh pa ang minds niyo... para once na paggraduate ninyo at gusto niyo pumasok sa gobyerno at easily ready na po kayo," she said Thursday.
(While your minds are fresh...so that once you graduate and you want to work in government, you are easily ready.)
The commission will reconsider its P500 fee for the exams but it will still factor administration and operational costs, Lizada said.
Its leadership and management certification program will continue through webinars, Lizada added.
Some 290,000 people were supposed to take the CSC pen-and-paper test in March, which was reset to 2021 due to the pandemic, said the commission.
The CSC has canceled all other written career service examinations for the rest of the year, it said in an advisory.
The coronavirus pandemic as of Tuesday has sickened at least 326,833 people in the Philippines, which has been under varying degrees of lockdown since March.