Did you know that the Civil Service Commission (CSC) of the Philippines grants special eligibility to Sanggunian Members (SME)?
Pursuant to CSC Resolution No. 1300486, promulgated on March 6, 2013 and circularized through CSC Memorandum Circular No. 12, s. 2013 dated May 31, 2013, the Sanggunian Member Eligibility (SME) is granted effective May 1, 2013.
This eligibility is granted by the law, under Republic Act (R.A.) No. 10156, also known as the “An Act Conferring upon Members of the Sangguniang Bayan, Sangguniang Panlungsod and Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the Appropriate Civil Service Eligibility under Certain Circumstances, and for Other Purposes”, dated December 20, 2011.
Sanggunian Member Eligibility (SME)
The SME corresponds to the regular eligibility granted by the CSC. This means that SME (first level) is equivalent to the first level (subprofessional) CSC eligibility and the SME (second level) is equivalent to the second level (professional) CSC eligibility.
Take note, however, that both SMEs are not applicable to positions that require qualifications in skills or trade test and/or requiring passing the Board or Bar examinations, or requiring eligibilities provided under special laws.
Who are Qualified?
Based on CSC Resolution No. 1300486, the following are qualified for the SME as long as they were elected after the effectivity of the Local Government Code of 1991 (RA 7160) or on May 11, 1992 onwards:
- Vice mayor, as presiding officer for the Sangguniang Bayan or Sangguniang Panlungsod
- Vice governor, as presiding officer for the Sangguniang Panlalawigan
- Regular Sanggunian Members of the Sangguniang Bayan, Sangguniang Panlungsod and Sangguniang Panlalawigan
But not all Sanggunian members are automatically qualified for the SME. They must still meet the following requirements:
For SME (first level):
- Should have served as Sanggunian Member for an aggregate period of six (6) years
- Should have completed at least 72 units leading to a baccalaureate/bachelor’s degree
For SME (second level):
- Should have served as Sanggunian Member for an aggregate period of nine (9) years
- Should have completed a baccalaureate/bachelor’s degree
- Name should be included in the corresponding Master List issued by the concerned DILG Office
How to File for Eligibility?
Submit the following requirements to the CSC regional office near you:
- Properly accomplished Application Form (CS Form 101-J, Revised December 2013);
- Three (3) pieces of identical I.D. pictures
- Original and photocopy of any of the following I.D. cards:
- Barangay I.D.
- BIR/TIN I.D. (ATM type/laminated card with picture type)
- Current Office/Company I.D.
- Driver’s License
- GSIS UMID
- Passport (with signature of the applicant)
- PhilHealth I.D. (ATM type)
- Police Clearance (with picture)
- Postal I.D.
- PRC License
- School I.D (must be duly validated for the current school year)
- SSS I.D.
- Voter’s I.D.
- Original and photocopy of Birth Certificate of the applicant authenticated/issued by Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) /
- Certification executed by the applicant that he/she has no pending administrative and/or criminal case before any court/authorized body
- For female married applicants, original and photocopy of Marriage Certificate authenticated/issued by the NSO
The CSC might also require additional requirements to support your application for eligibility.