Update on 3 Salary Grade Rule on Promotions

The Civil Service Commission has circularized, through MC No. 18 s. 2016, policy guidelines governing three-salary grade limitation on promotion, superseding MC No. 3, s. 2001. The new circular identified 7 exceptions to the limitation and clarified that the rule does not apply to the following personnel actions: transfers incidental to promotion

Understanding Overtime Pay for Government Employees

I must have been so busy trying new recipes in November 2015 that I missed out on the new policy issued by the CSC and DBM on overtime services and overtime pay for government employees (CSC-DBM Joint Memorandum Circular No.1, s. 2015). Shameful but I have to admit, it was

Paternity Leave

"Oh the glory of having kids!" Yep, so we've heard. After 7 months of being married, we've grown familiar to the community of people either eager to have children or not have children, and those who are busy poking their noses into other people's reproductive life. Anyway, now that reproduction is often

Understanding Rehabilitation Leave


I'm writing about rehabilitation leave today because I remember one of my former students who went looking for me at my former office. At that time, I thought it was just another of those wanting to take a special exam or seek reconsideration of grades but I was surprised to

Understanding Study Leave


A couple of weeks ago, I joined my husband in their consular mission in Istanbul. It was an eye-opening experience, not only to the successes and struggles of Filipino migrant workers but also to the dedication of our foreign service team here in Turkey. Seeing them of service to Filipinos here

What is Forced Leave?


The concept of forced or mandatory leave in the Philippine civil service began in 1986 when then President Ferdinand E. Marcos issued Executive Order No. 1077 revising the computation of creditable vacation and sick leaves of government officers and employees. It is called forced because Section 2 of the EO requires

The Ordeal of Job Orders in the Government

Recently, I came across this blog of young journalists who write so beautifully about various topics. As I continued reading one post after another, I was particularly caught by the essays they wrote about their employment suit against GMA Network, Inc. Four of them joined a team of 110 brave journalists who

Entitlement to Leave Credits by Government Employees on Probation Period

Question: Are newly appointed government employees already entitled to leave benefits during their probationary period? Answer: Yes. All government employees, except those covered by special laws (e.g. justices, judges, those in the foreign service), are entitled to leave benefits immediately upon assumption to office because the Omnibus Rules on Leave do not make any

Basic Information on Sick Leave

Sick leave is a type of leave benefit granted to government employees on account of sickness or disability on his/her part, or that of the members of his/her immediate family (click here to learn how sick leave credits are earned). Application for sick leave must be filed by the employee immediately