Presidential Proclamation No. 1050, series of 1997 declares the month of September as the Civil Service Month. This is in observance of the establishment of the Philippine Civil Service by virtue of Public Law No. 5 (An Act for the Establishment and Maintenance of an Efficient and Honest Civil Service in the Philippine Islands) on 19 September 1900.
In the age of technology, public service has to remain competitive and responsive enough to meet the evolving needs of its clientele. Human resource (HR) management and development are also evolving as technology introduces new ways of interaction and alternative work arrangements. This was further highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic situation, which brought about changes to work, government-client transactions, and other processes.
Thus, the theme for this year is Philippine Civil Service @120: Public Sector in the Age of Digital Transformation, underscoring the use of emerging technologies in the pursuit of efficient public service delivery in the Philippine government, especially in the context of emergency situations.