Welcome to the PSPB page!
Frequently Asked Questions:
1) What are the job vacancies in ARMM?
There are more than three-hundred (300) job vacancies in ARMM. Half of these are original positions. (Click the link to view the vacancies)List of vacancies in Basilan List of vacancies in Lanao del Sur List of vacancies in Maguindanao List of vacancies at the Regional Office List of vacancies in Sulu List of vacancies in Tawi-Tawi List of all the vacancies in ARMM
2) Are all positions vacant?
Yes. All positions that are published are vacant. However, screening of some positions such as LGOO II in DILG is deferred pending to the release of the results of the Psychometric Exam.
3) Am I qualified?
If you have the met the qualification standard (QS) in terms of education, training, experience and eligibility, then you are qualified. Please note that in some positions, particularly the DILG LGOO positions, the training requirement is specific, it has to be the training course of LGOO from DILG.
4) Can I still apply even if I am not qualified?
The application is open to all. You may apply and undergo the preliminary assessment. However, you cannot proceed to the next two phases if you are not qualified.
5) Who is the Appointing Authority?
It is the Regional Governor. The appointing authority shall assess the merits of the PSPB’s assessment for appointment and in the exercise of sound discretion, select who among the applicants is deemed most qualified for appointment to the vacant position.
6) What is the PSPB?
The Personnel Selection and Promotion Board was created by virtue of Administrative Order No. 1 series of 2012. The Regional Governor created a PSPB for the Office of the Regional Governor (ORG PSPB), PSPB for the different line agencies (RPSPB) and PSPB for DepEd (DepEd PSPB). The goal of the PSPB is to ensure equitable and fair process of selection and promotion of employees in the ARMM bureaucracy. Moreover, the PSPB would like to address the issue of item-selling and item-hiding. It also ensures hiring based on merit and qualification and not on political recommendations Since its inception, ARMM has hired and promoted employees after thorough screening process conducted by the RPSPB.
7) Can the PSPB recommend?
No. The PSPB only assesses, screens and ranks the applicants. The board does not have the power to recommend who shall be appointed.
8) Do I need to be recommended by a local, national or international personality?
No. It is not necessary that a recommendation from “whoever” should be included in the documents to be submitted. Regardless of the number of recommendations, what is given weight is the qualifications as well as the performance during the screening process.
9) What is the screening process?
It is a process where the applicants for various positions in different line agencies in ARMM are assessed, evaluated and screened based on the Merit Selection Plan of the ARMM and the Approved Procedure of Screening. All applicants need to undergo this process. Because there is a need to hasten the screening process and achieve fairness and impartiality in the assessment of candidates for appointment, the screening process is hereby simplified into three phases:
PHASE 1: PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT (Paper Screening)
PHASE 2: COMPUTERIZED EXAM
PHASE 3: PANEL INTERVIEW Only qualified applicants and those who passed the exam shall be able to proceed to Phase 3. Applicants need to register first and secure a control number for queuing. Screening is first come first serve basis. Applicants for positions with SG 1-6 shall no longer undergo the above mention process. Instead, their qualifications shall be assessed through paper screening by the RPSPB.
10) When is the screening?
The screening is scheduled on the 1st Quarter of 2014, beginning last week of January to mid March. There are fixed dates for the RPSPB to come to the provinces to screen various vacancies in various agencies. Registration and preliminary assessment (Phase 1) shall be conducted on the following dates
January 20: Lanao del Sur (LDS Provincial Capitol Gymnasium)
February 4: Basilan (Datu Dizal Cultural Complex, Lamitan City)
February 17: Tawi-Tawi (Sandbar Lepa Convention Center, Pasiagan, Bongao)
February 24: Sulu (venue: TBA)
March 10: Maguindanao
March 12: Regional Office
The specific schedule for the screening of a particular agency shall be announced before the scheduled dates. The qualified applicants who are registered during the above announced dates shall receive a text from the PSPB re the schedule for Phase 2 and Phase 3.
11) Where is the screening?
The screening shall be done in the province where the vacancy exists. The specific venue, however, shall be posted soon.
12) What are the things that are being considered in the screening process?
Performance: (1) For appointment by promotion, the performance rating of the appointee for the rating period prior to the effectivity date of the appointment should be at least very satisfactory. (2) For appointment by transfer, the performance rating for the last rating period immediately preceding the transfer from the former office or agency should be at least very satisfactory. (3) For entry level positions, in lieu of the performance, the education, training and experience are given additional weight.
Education and training: These include educational background, successful completion of training courses accredited by the Civil Service Commission, scholarships, training grants and others which must be relevant to the duties of the position to be filled.
Experience and Outstanding Accomplishments: These include occupational history, relevant work experience acquired either from the government or private sector, and accomplishments worthy of special commendation.
Psycho-Social Attributes and Personality Traits: These refer to the characteristics or traits of a person which involved both psychological and social aspects. Psychological includes the way he/she perceives things, ideas, beliefs and understanding and how he/she acts and relates these things to others and in social situations. Potential: This refers to the capacity and ability of a candidate to assume the duties of the position to be filled and those of higher or more responsible positions.
Work Attributes: These refer to integrity, initiative, stress tolerance / adaptability, sensitivity / interpersonal relations and service orientation / work standards.
Technical Competence: This refers to communication skills, analytical ability, decision-making / judgment, knowledge, and planning and organizing.
13) Do I really need to be screened? Is there any other way?
There is NO other way but to undergo the screening process.
14) I was screened before. Do I need to undergo the same process?
Screening is mandatory. If you were screened before for the same position that you are applying now, you need to take the computerized exam (Phase 2). If you are applying for a different position, you need to undergo all the three phases (provided you pass the first two phases).
15) Why are some positions unfilled for so long? Some positions are unfilled for so long either because (1) there are no qualified applicants, (2) there are qualified applicants but they did not pass the screening or (3) there are qualified applicants, they passed the screening but there were some unresolved controversies in their application and/or in the screening.
16) Can I know my scores?
After Phase 1, you will be informed whether you are qualified or not. You will also be able to know your exam score right after taking the exam.
17) How will I know if the position has been filled already?
The ARMM Website shall post the names of the newly appointed personnel, subject to the CSC attestation.
18) What do I need to submit?
Bring the following documents: 1- Application letter 2- Duly accomplished PDS with 2×2 ID picture in white background Downloadable PDS and PDS Guide 3- Certified true copy of eligibility (if applicable) 4- Certified true copy of Diploma 5- Service Record (for government employees) Other documents, such as the Personnel Evaluation Sheet and certified true copy of the Transcript of Records, shall be collected during the interview, should the applicant be shortlisted.
19) Where will I submit the documents? Do I need to send them to the ORG or to the line agency? Do I need to submit them personally?
Bring the required documents during the “Registration and Preliminary Assessment” to be conducted at the province where the vacancy exists. The venue will be held at the capital town/city of the province (Marawi City for Lanao del Sur, Lamitan City for Basilan, Bonggao for Tawi-Tawi, Jolo for Sulu, ORG Cotabato for Maguindanao and Regional Office vacancies). There is no need for you to send the documents at the ORG or to come to ORG to submit the requirements. If you have submitted your requirements before, please coordinate with the HRMO. They should be able to inform you of the screening dates and venue.
20) Do I need to pay anything?
No. You do not need to pay anything to anyone. Do not be a victim and do not allow others to fall trap in this shameful act. Take pictures, record conversations and keep evidences.
21) A relative who used to occupy the vacant position passed away. They said I should get that position. Is there any truth to this?
A government position is not a personal property. It cannot be inherited. You may apply but there’s no assurance that you will get your relative’s vacated position.
22 ) My ancestors donated the land that is now being occupied by the office. Accordingly, there is a verbal agreement that our family should also occupy the positions of that office. Is this a guarantee that I will be appointed?
No. There is no guarantee that you will automatically be appointed regardless of whether the agreement between your ancestors and the officials of the government are done verbally or in a form of writing. A government position is not a personal property, it cannot be promised to anyone in exchange for something.
23) The vacant position published is actually being occupied on a temporary status by somebody. Is the position really vacant?
Yes. Those positions are filled on a temporary status because there are no qualified applicants. The position is vacant.
24) I have been working in this office for so long and I have never been promoted. Is this already an advantage that I will be promoted this time?
Experience and performance are given weight. However, you still need to submit yourself to the screening process.
25) I submitted an application before and I didn’t receive any updates since then, do I need to submit again another set of documents?
To find out whether you still need to update your application, please text or call the PSPB Hotline at 09469003977 or 09277260887 during office hours, or send an email to email@example.com
26) Do I need to follow-up on my application?
Personal follow-ups are DISCOURAGED. There is NO NEED to travel to Cotabato to inquire on the status of your application. For inquiries, please text or call the PSPB Hotline at 09469003977 or 09277260887 during office hours, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
27) Who is the authorized person to approach to re my application?
Again, we discourage personal follow-ups. Only the following persons are authorized to entertain application concerns:
1- Jasmin Batugan
2- Jamel Topa-an
3- HRMO of the Agency
Kindly refrain from seeking audience to any of the RPSPB.
28) What else do I need to know about the screening process?
- If you do not follow the process or your application/PDS is incomplete, your information will not be processed.
- Meeting the minimum qualifications for a particular position does not guarantee appointment. You have to undergo to the RPSPB process.
- Once applications are submitted they are final. Please carefully review your application and the documents which you are attaching to make sure that they are free from errors and complete.