You had read it right: Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) head Persida Rueda-Acosta is NOT Civil Service Eligible. Actually, she took the Philippine Civil Service Exam (Career Executive Service Eligibility Exam) in 2003, and FAILED!
It may not be a big deal for some, but if you’re a public servant (and not an elected person) isn’t that a requirement in the first place? I know for a fact that all those who serve in the government had at least passed the Civil Service Eligibility Exam, in one time or another. In case of PAO lawyers, a law exempted them from taking such exam in order to hold their current positions. But in the case of Atty. Rueda-Acosta, she was holding on to her position before this law was enacted.
I saw her interview on TV tonight, and it is such a shame that no less than the current head of PAO telling the reporter that she took the Civil Service Eligibility Exam just for fun(?) — it’s like slapping the entire Civil Service Commission and those people who took (and passed) their exams.
As a tax payer, I think Atty. Rueda-Acosta should just resign from her post now — out of shame. It is such a disgrace that she got promoted to whatever position in the government she is holding now without passing the Civil Service Exam.