PHL hosts ASEAN meetings on civil service

After successfully hosting the Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration (EROPA) International Conference, the Philippines, through the Civil Service Commission (CSC), once again concluded a successful international event-the 18th ASEAN Cooperation on Civil Service Matters (ACCSM). The meetings of the 18th ACCSM happened from November 15 to 17, 2016 at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. Heads and senior officials of civil service agencies from 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Member States Plus Three Countries composed of China, Japan, and Republic of Korea met to discuss work plans and commitments to develop civil service management in the region. The back-to-back meetings included the 3rd Joint Technical Working Group Meeting for ACCSM+3, the Meeting of Heads of Civil Service for ACCSM, and the 3rd Meeting of Heads of Civil Service for ACCSM+3. As a side event, a one-day Forum on Good Governance took place on November 16. More than 300 participants listened to talks under the theme "Good Governance for Excellence" by local and international speakers that include Professor D. Brian Marson of the Development Academy of the Philippines, Dr. Ehsan Latif of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, and Mr. Gambhir Bhatta of the Asian Development Bank. Joining them were former Senate President Aquilino "Nene" Q. Pimentel Jr., Chairman of the Board, Pimentel Institute of Leadership and Governance; Dr. Edna Estifania Co, Executive Director, Center for Integrative and Development Studies, University of the Philippines; and Atty. Alexander Lacson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Solidarity in Asia. #Throwback Hosted by the Philippines through the Civil Service Commission (CSC), the 18th ACCSM began with the Preparatory Meeting in April 2015 in Tagaytay City, followed by the Senior Officials Meeting in October 2015 in Cebu, and ended with the said final meetings in Manila. The Philippines took on the chairmanship of the 18th ACCSM, succeeding Myanmar which hosted the previous ACCSM through its Union Civil Service Board. Hosting of the ACCSM is rotated among ASEAN member states in alphabetical order with a term of two years. The 18th ACCSM theme, "Building ASEAN Civil Service Community: Assessing Progress and Charting Next Steps", highlighted a time of reflection and visioning on the state of regional cooperation for effective and efficient civil service systems and good governance. The ACCSM was established in 1981 to serve as a platform for the exchange of information, ideas, and best practices in public service management in the ASEAN. -

Source: Philippine Information Agency