March 2, 2014 Penology Officer Examination (POE)

By | January 21, 2014

cse-logo-ppt The Civil Service Commission (CSC) announces the conduct of the March 2, 2014 Penology Officer Examination (POE) to establish a register of eligibles from which certification and appointment to second level ranks in the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and other functionally related agencies shall be made, provided said eligibles meet the qualifications and other requirements of the said positions. .

penology_logoThe eligibility resulting from the Penology Officer Examination shall be called Penology Officer Eligibility and considered appropriate to second level ranks in the jail management and penology, and other functionally related services, except for ranks under the Philippine National Police.

Period of filing applications of the said examination is until December 16, 2013 to January 16, 2014.


General Ability (25%) – Verbal, Analytical, Numerical
Specialized Area (75%)

    1. Jail Management Concepts and Applications (30%)
      1. Commitment and Classifications of Inmates/Prisoners/Detainees (5%)
        •  Courts and other Entities Authorized to Commit a Person to Jail
        • Categories of Inmates
        • Classification of Prisoners
        • Classification of Detainees
        •  Inmates Security Classification
        • Requirements for Commitment
      2. Reception Procedures, Classification and Disciplinary Boards, and Punishable Acts of Inmates (20%)
        • Reception Procedures
        • Classification Board
        • Disciplinary Board
        • Disciplinary Punishment for Inmates
        • Procedures in the Hearing of Disciplinary Cases for Inmates
        • Punishable Acts
      3. Treatment of Inmates with Special Needs (5%)
        • Handling Inmates with Special Needs
          • Female
          • Drug Users/Dependents/Addicts
          • Alcoholics
          • Mentally-ill
          • Sex Deviates
          • Suicidal Inmates
          • The Handicapped, Aged, and Infirmed
          • Non-Philippine Citizen Inmates
    2. Custodial Concepts and Applications (45%)
      • Custody, Security and Control, Emergency Plans, and Movement and Transfer of Prisoners and Detainees (35%)
        • Custody, Security, and Control
        • Inmates Count
        • Security Procedures During Meal Service
        • Dining Room Security
        • Mile Censorship
        • Emergency Plans
        • Movement/Transfer of Inmates
        • Cooperation among Jail Wardens on Temporary Detention of Inmates
        • Rules to be Followed During Movement/Transfer of Inmates
      • Inmate’s Rights and Privileges (10%)
        • Rights of Inmates
        • Privileges Allowed for Inmates
        • Modes and Guidelines of Release
    3. Inmates Welfare and Development (IWD) Programs (15%)
      • IWD Services and Activities
        • Guiding Principles
        • Provisions for Basic Needs
        • Health Services/Activities
        • Livelihood Services/Activities
        • Literacy Services/Activities
        • Cultural and Sports Development/Activities
        • Visitation Services/Activities
        • Paralegal Services/Activities
        • Interfaith Services/Activities
        • Therapeutic Community Modality Program
    4. BJMP Administrative Matters (10%)
      • Salient Features of Republic Act No. 6713 – Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees
      • Salient Feature of Republic Act No. 9263 – An Act Providing for the Professionalization of the BFP and BJMP, Amending Certain Provisions of RA 6975
      • Omnibus Rules on Leave


  1. San Fernando City, La Union
  2. Quezon City
  3. Legazpi City
  4. Iloilo City
  5. Cebu CIty
  6. Zamboanga City
  7. Davao City
  8. Butuan City


To pass the test, the examinees should get a general rating of at least 80.00.


Applicants are advised to check carefully whether they meet the admission requirements stated below. Only those who meet the admission requirements should apply for the examination, otherwise, their applications shall be disapproved, and the admission fees paid shall be forfeited.

        1. Must be Filipino citizen; 
        2. Must be of good moral character; 
        3. Must be mentally and physically fit; 
        4. Must not have been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude, or disgraceful or immoral conduct, dishonesty, examination irregularity, drunkenness, or addiction to drugs;
        5. Must not have been dishonorably discharged from military service, or dismissed for cause from any civilian positions in the government;
        6. *Must have completed a Bachelor’s degree;
        7. *Must not be less than twenty-one (21) nor more than thirty (30) years of age at the date/time of filing of application;
        8. *Must be at least 5’4” (1.62m) in height for male, and 5’2” (1.57m) for female.

Admission requirement Nos. 6, 7, and 8 shall be waived for employees of the BJMP who are included in the list submitted to the CSC.

Admission requirement Nos. 7 and 8 shall be waived for incumbent employees of the Bureau of Corrections and all Provincial and Sub-Provincial Jails. They are required to submit a Certification of Employment from their authorized agency official. Same requirements shall also be waived for former penology and correctional service agency employees, provided their applications are endorsed by the BJMP and provided further that they can meet the minimum service requirement pursuant to existing laws. Thus, a certification on the applicant’s minimum service qualification issued by the authorized official of the BJMP shall be submitted.


A waiver for height requirement shall be automatically granted to applicants belonging to cultural communities, subject to submission of certification of membership to a cultural community issued by the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) or the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF).


        • Applicants with pending administrative and/or criminal cases may take the examination and shall be conferred the eligibility if they successfully pass the same. However, this is without prejudice to the outcome of their pending cases. If they are found guilty of grave offenses, their eligibility shall be forfeited based on the penalties stated in the decision and pursuant to Section 52 (a) of the Revised Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service. 
        • Those who have already passed the same level of examination or a comparable level of examination given by the Professional Regulation Commission, as well as passers of Board/Bar examinations, and those who graduated with honors in their bachelor’s degree need not apply.


          1. Fully accomplished Application Form (CS Form No. 100, Revised November 2012). The spaces for “Signature of Applicant” and “Right Thumbmark” on the form should be left blank. These shall be accomplished in the presence of the CSC processor.
          2. Four (4) copies of identical I.D. pictures with specifications, as follows:
            • Passport size (4.5 cm x 3.5 cm or 1.8 inches x 1.4 inches)
            • Colored, with white background
            • Taken within three (3) months prior to filing of application.
            • Printed on good quality photo paper
            • In standard close-up shot (from shoulder level up with the head and face occupying at least 80% of the picture and with the name tag positioned at approximately 1 inch or 2.54 cm below the chin)
            • In bare face (with no eyeglasses or any accessories that may cover the facial features)
            • Showing left and right ears
            • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
            • With neutral facial expression, and both eyes open
            • With full and handwritten (not computer-generated) name tag in the format: First Name, Middle Initial, Last Name, and Extension Name (if any), and signature over printed name


          3. Original and photocopy of any valid ID containing applicant’s clear picture, date of birth, signature, and signature of the authorized head of the issuing agency such as Driver’s License, SSS ID, GSIS ID, Philhealth ID, current Company/Office ID, current School ID, Postal ID, BIR ID, Barangay ID, Voter’s ID, Valid Passport, or Police Clearance (Note: Any other ID not included in the list shall NOT be accepted)

            IDs with lacking information, particularly the applicant’s date of birth, SHOULD be supported by Birth Certificate issued/authenticated by the National Statistics Office (NSO) or Local Civil Registrar (LCR).

          4. Examination fee of Five Hundred Pesos (Php 500.00).

Failure to take the examination will mean forfeiture of examination fee.


Application forms are available at any CSC Regional and Field Offices. The same may be downloaded from the CSC website:

Applicants who are incumbent or former penology and correctional service agency employees, may file their application forms at the nearest BJMP Regional Offices (BJMPROs).

All other applications may be filed at any of the following CSC Regional Offices, and at the nearest CSC Provincial/Field Offices within their area.

CSC Regional Office No. 1
Quezon Avenue, San Fernando City
2500 La Union
CSC Regional Office No. 9
7000 Zamboanga City
CSC Regional Office No. 5
4500 Legazpi City
CSC Regional Office No. 11
Ecoland Drive cor. Beechnut St.,
Ecoland Subdivision, Matina
8000 Davao City
CSC Regional Office No. 6
Oñate Street, Mandurriao
5000 Iloilo City
CSC National Capital Region
25 Kaliraya Street
1100 Quezon City
CSC Regional Office No. 7
Sudlon, Lahug
6000 Cebu City
Doongan Road
8600 Butuan City


The Application Receipt shall serve as the Examination Permit. For school assignments, qualified applicants may use the Online Notice of School Assignment (ONSA) to get a print-out of their Notice of Assignment. The ONSA shall be available at least two (2) weeks before the examination. To use this system, examinees should log on to the CSC website and go to the Examination Announcement webpage, or type the following path: in the address bar of their browser.

If applicants still do not know their school assignment or cannot access the Online Notice of School Assignment one (1) week before the examination day, they should inquire their school assignment from the CSC Regional/Field Office where they filed their application.


Applicants should bring the following on examination day:

        1. Application Receipt or Notice of School Assignment 
        2. Lead Pencil/s (No. 1 or 2) and eraser/s 
        3. Ball Pen (Black or Blue) 
        4. The same valid ID card/s presented during the application stage (i.e. Driver’s License, SSS ID, GSIS ID, Philhealth ID, current Company/Office ID, current School ID, Postal ID, BIR ID, Barangay ID, Voter’s ID, Valid Passport, or Police Clearance)


  • No Valid ID, No Examination
  • All personal belongings including cellular phones, digital watches, calculators, books, and all other electronic gadgets and printed materials must be surrendered to the Room Examiners.
  • Firearms, if any, must also be surrendered to the security guard/designated firearm custodian at the entrance gate of the testing center.
  • Proper attire should be worn during filing of application form, and on examination day. APPLICANTS/EXAMINEES SHOULD NOT BE IN SLEEVELESS SHIRT/BLOUSE, OR IN SHORT PANTS, OR IN SLIPPERS


The Civil Service Commission uses a highly reliable system to detect cheats. Any form of cheating in any civil service examination shall be considered a violation of Republic Act No. 9416 (Anti-Cheating Law), and any person found guilty shall be administratively and criminally liable.

The forms of cheating are, as follows:

        1. Use of crib sheets or “codigo” containing codes in any form (written on any material or in digital form) 
        2. Impersonation 
        3. Employing a “poste” or a person inside or outside of the examination room who may or may not be an examinee but provides examinees with answers 
        4. Collusion of whatever nature between examinees and examination personnel 
        5. Examinee number switching 
        6. Possession and/or use of fake Certificate of Eligibility 
        7. Such other acts of similar nature which facilitate the passing of examination

Date Issued: December 12, 2013


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