PD 907 provides Honor Graduates with Civil Service Eligibility provided that they meet the prescribed requirements issued by the Civil Service Commission (CSC).
The Civil Service Commission (CSC) issues a PD 907 Honor Graduates Eligibility that may be used by applicants to apply to positions in the Philippine Government.
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PD 907 Honor Graduate Eligibility Qualification Requirements
The qualification requirements to be granted Civil Service Eligibility under PD 907 Honor Graduate Eligibility are the following:
- Must have graduated, in his or her baccalaureate degree, regardless of the number of years of completion;
- summa cum laude,
- magna cum laude, or
- cum laude
- Must have graduated from school year 1972-1973, and thereafter;
- Must have graduated in a college/university in the Philippines that is governed by the Commission on Higher Education and belongs to any of the following categorization:
- a. Private Higher Education Institution in the Philippines with baccalaureate/bachelor's degree recognized by the CHED; or
- b. State/Local College or University with baccalaureate/bachelor's degree included in its charter, or baccalaureate/bachelor's degree duly approved by its Board of Trustees/Board of Regents
Equivalent Civil Service Level of PD 907 Honor Graduates Eligibility
PD 907 Honor Graduate Eligibility is equivalent to first and second level positions in the government that do not involve practice of profession and are not covered by Bar/board/other special laws.
Policies on PD 907 Honor Graduate Eligibility
Granting of PD 907 Honor Graduate Eligibility is continuous
An Honor Graduate may avail of Civil Service Eligibility under PD 907 at any time after graduation.
Honor Graduates in Distance Education are not covered under PD 907 Honor Graduate Eligibility
The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has ruled that Honor Graduates under Distance Education does not qualify for the civil service eligibility grant under PD 907 Honor Graduate Eligibility
Are Honor graduates from Master’s and Doctorate degree covered by PD 907
No, issuance of Civil Service Eligibility under PD 907 for honor graduates under Master's and Doctorate degree program have been discontinued.
However, those who have already availed and issued PD 907 Honor Graduate Eligibility under their Master's and Doctorate degree prior to its discontinuance have still valid Civil Service Eligibilities.
Are other types of Honor Graduates (other than summa cum laude, magna cum laude, or cum laude) granted Civil Service Eligibility under PD 907?
No, issuance of Civil Service Eligibility under PD 097 has been discontinued for honor graduates other than summa cum laude, magna cum laude, or cum laude.
In other words, if you have graduated with Honors other than summa cum laude, magna cum laude, or cum laude, then you are NOT granted Civil Service Eligibility under PD 907. Therefore, you would still be required to take the Civil Service Exam or acquire Civil Service Eligibility under other Special Laws.
Examples of this are "Honorable Mentions"
PD 907 LAW
The PD 907 contains the following provisions:Click here to show whole text of PD 907 Law
WHEREAS, it is the policy of the government to afford the youth with every possible opportunity for participation and involvement in national endeavors, especially those that will lead to the improvement of communities and of the public service;
WHEREAS, for purposes of employment in the public service, the Constitution prescribes competitive examinations as the principal means of determining merit and fitness but at the same time opens the door for the adoption of other methods;
WHEREAS, the government is convinced that a student who has pursued his collegiate course as a scholar and has in fact graduated with honors, has sufficiently shown that he is fit to hold a position in the public service and competent to discharge its duties and responsibilities;
WHEREAS, it is considered that graduation with honors earned under the competitive atmosphere of the academic community is as good as a qualifying mark in a competitive examination to determine merit and excellence for public employment;
WHEREAS, the immediate absorption of these honor graduates in the public service will assure their participation in public affairs and buoy up the quality of the civil service;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, FERDINAND E. MARCOS, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution, do hereby decree:
SECTION 1. Honor graduates of four-year or longer courses from schools, colleges and universities of good standing as determined by the Secretary of Education and Culture are hereby conferred appropriate civil service eligibilities, as follows:
Civil Service Eligibility
For those who occupy positions requiring the application of knowledge and skill outside their field of study.
Civil Service Eligibility
For those who occupy positions within their respective fields of study.
SECTION 2. Honor graduates shall refer to those students who finish their course with at least cum laude honors.
SECTION 3. The Civil Service eligibility granted under this Decree shall prescribe in the manner provided under Sec. 19(9) of P.D. No. 807.
SECTION 4. The Civil Service Commission shall promulgate rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this Decree.
SECTION 5. This Decree shall take effect upon its approval provided that Honor graduates from the schoolyear 1972-1973 and thereafter shall likewise be conferred eligibilities under this Decree.
Honor graduates during the school years previous to 1972-73 shall likewise be conferred civil service eligibilities as provided in Presidential Decree No. 907. They shall, however, register with the Civil Service Commission or any of its regional offices, within six months after the approval of this Decree. The Civil Service Commission shall grant the eligibility in accordance with the rules and regulations promulgated for the purpose. [As amended by PD 993, s. 1976]
DONE in the City of Manila, this 11th day of March, in the year of Our Lord, Nineteen Hundred and Seventy-Six.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is PD 907 Honor Graduate Eligibility equivalent to Second Level Professional Eligibility?
Yes, PD 907 Honor Graduate Eligibility is equivalent to Second Level Professional Eligibility
Is PD 907 Honor Graduate Eligibility equivalent to First Level Sub-Professional Eligibility?
Yes, PD 907 Honor Graduate Eligibility also covers Sub-Professional Eligibility Positions
When was PD 907 implemented?
PD 907 was signed on March 11, 1976
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