By Claro A. Lanipa
PAGADIAN CITY, 08 Mar (PIA) – The Board of Foreign Service Examinations of the Department of Foreign Affair (DFA) is now accepting applicants for the 2017 Foreign Service Officer (FSO) Examinations.
Interested applicants for the examination must be knowledgeable on the economic, political and social conditions of the Philippines, and must possess not only facility in oral and written communications but the personality traits essential to the performance of the duties of Foreign Service Officers who is willing and able to accept assignments to any post where their services may be required.
Applicants should be natural-born Filipino citizens and concurrently permanent residents of the Philippines and should not be more than 35 years of age. He should have graduated from a four (4) year bachelor’s degree course with at least two(2) years employment or further studies or a combination of both after graduating from college or university.
Duties of a foreign service officer include: gathering information, analyzing and reporting political,economic, technological, cultural and other events and developments; drafting diplomatic notes and other forms of diplomatic correspondence; preparing briefing papers and other foreign policy papers for the Department and other offices of government as may be required.
In addition, FSOs assist in the preparation and conduct of international conferences; managing and supervising staff; disseminating information; working with other government agencies and private groups and individuals in promoting Philippine interests, abroad among others.
Interested applicants may submit their application forms in person at any Regional Consular Office or at the Philippine Embassies or Consular abroad not later than April 05, 2017.
For more information, interested parties may personally visit the DFA Regional Consular Office at the 2nd Floor, GV Building, Veterans Avenue, Zamboanga City or visit the DFA website at www.dfa.gov.ph. (ALT/CAL-PIA9-Zamboanga del Sur)