Applying for a Job at Dumaguete City Local Government

It is an established fact that applying for a job in any government office is close to improbable. Back in my college days, my classmates often asked where I will be applying after we graduate. There is no absolute answer to that particular question and I exclaimed “Government Service”. They burst into laughter upon hearing me and I just shrugged my shoulders.

Knowing that one should be a Civil Service Passer to get a high ticket for public employment, I took the exam. Thankfully, I passed and it served as a morale booster for my goal to serve in the government. A friend who is now working in the local government of Dumaguete once told me that it will be extremely hard to get hired with nobody backing me up (I’ll politely say “politically”). I didn’t believe him, it’s a disgrace if it was ever true!

First try, City Hall of Dumaguete City. It was a beautiful morning and the day seems to be in my favor. Submitted some requirements to the Human Resource Officer of Dumaguete then I promptly asked if how will I know if I am a qualified candidate for a “possible” vacant position.

I was confidently asking it because I know (as I was personally told) that there is an office that needs to fill a vacated position. The HR Officer just said something like : “It’s the Mayor’s prerogative”. Those aren’t the exact words but that’s what I least understood. Ouch! That’s a hitter. These words resounded clear and loud in my head – “nobody backing me up”.

What’s even worse is that he was complimenting that I got excellent grades – it actually felt like the worst insult ever. Then at that moment I realized that being a consistent Dean’s Lister doesn’t really matter at all (you can never be a Cum Laude working part time and having been classed as an “irregular student”). Hugo sent a message with a “?”, I could have drawn a huge single “?” on my resume and could have gotten a lot better result.

Few days later, I was able to fool and tell myself that let’s get another try. Next stop was the Provincial Capitol of Negros Oriental. There was a lot of hesitation again perhaps I don’t personally know Governor Roel Degamo or any of his staff. But, a friend does know someone near to the seat of the Governor’s Office that might be helpful. We met and she received my papers. At last, no more HR malady and should now go straight to the hands of the Governor! Days came to weeks and weeks into months. Still, yes everything came still – an awfully boring wait.

After two months, an “insider” tip told me that that NIR transition offices are looking to hire. This time, I was prepared for the worst situation. It was a bit “wiser” of implementing shotgun approach of applying for government jobs. So I decided to create multiple copies of resumes and other pertinent documents. I felt like a desperate salesperson handing out hundreds of flyers that day. Handed one to Provincial DILG Office of Negros Oriental, another to DOLE Interim Regional Office of Negros Oriental, Interim Regional NIR COMELEC Office, and the Provincial DPWH office.

Let’s just say everything was like it was before just to calm my emotions down. Only one office gave me a little sunshine. The HR Officer of DPWH gave me a name and address of a particular person at the Interim NIR DPWH Office at Sibulan Negros Oriental. She said that it is positive that they are looking to hire. So I again rushed to fix my documents and went to submit my application letter and other pertinent documents to the HR of Interim NIR DPWH Office.

It’s been months since I last submitted those application letters and yet the wait is still on. In fact, I am now working in a financial institution and being paid decent – but not HAPPY. My hopes still linger that one day somehow, someone like me would be able to get the chance to serve the government without relying someone to back me up. Perhaps I need to apply more local offices to increase my chance of being selected or maybe rejected?

It is indeed a sad experience. A hard and undeniable truth that I consciously and consistently deny. Or probably, I am just one of the unluckiest people knocking hard at the doors of government service. What’s even sadder? I don’t even believe in luck.


After some months of Job Hunting, finally I got an offer from NIR DPWH which I graciously accepted. The sweetest first two days of my life has just started and there was nobody backing me up to be able to get this job! Wow!


Submitted by Ms. Motong and she asked us to let her remain anonymous.

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