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27/12/2012: Applications for 2013 Foreign Service Officer Examinations

27 December 2012



The Board of Foreign Service Examinations, pursuant to the provisions of the Foreign Service Act (R.A. 7157) of 1991 and the Revised Administrative Code of 1987, announces the holding of the 2013 FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICER (FSO) EXAMINATIONS to recruit candidates for appointment to the position of Foreign Service Officer, Class IV.

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 also the personality traits essential to the performance of the duties of Foreign Service Officers. They must also be willing and able to accept assignments to any post where their services may be required.

Applicants are advised to check the eligibility requirements to ensure that they meet the said admission requirements. No exemptions from the requirements shall be considered. Applicants who are found ineligible, or who have submitted incomplete application forms and requirements, shall not be allowed to take the examination, and their admission fees shall be forfeited.


The 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; assisting 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; undertaking negotiations; assisting Filipinos abroad and protecting their rights; promoting Philippine culture and trade;bringing in foreign investments and promoting tourism to the Philippines; performing consular functions; and representing the Philippines in various international fora.


The 2013 FSO Examinations is composed of five (5) parts:

(1) Qualifying Test;

(2) Preliminary Interview;

(3) Written Test;

(4) Oral Test; and

(5) Psychological Test;

I. Qualifying Test – 10 March 2013

The Qualifying Test covers (1) English grammar and correct usage; (2) reading comprehension; (3) logical reasoning; (4) quantitative reasoning/data interpretation; and (5) leadership/ knowledge of management concepts.

The testing centers for the Qualifying Test are in Bacolod City, Baguio City, Cagayan de Oro City, Cebu City, Davao City, Iloilo City, General Santos City, Legazpi City, Lucena City, Metro Manila, San Fernando City (La Union), San Fernando City (Pampanga), Tacloban City, and Zamboanga City.

Candidates must obtain a passing grade of at least 80% in the Qualifying Test in order to qualify for the Preliminary Interview.

II. Preliminary Interview – 06 April 2013 (tentative)

The Preliminary Interview shall be held after the results of the Qualifying Test have been determined. Candidates shall be interviewed by a panel of Foreign Service Officers to evaluate their overall potential for becoming Foreign Service Officers and future Ambassadors.

The Preliminary Interview shall be held in Metro Manila. However, the Board reserves the right to conduct the Preliminary Interview outside Metro Manila depending on the number of qualified candidates.

Candidates must obtain an overall rating of "PASS" from the panel in order to qualify for the Written Test.

III. Written Test – 10, 11, & 12 April 2012 (tentative)

The Written Test covers the following six subjects with the corresponding weights:

  1. English - 20%
  2. Filipino - 5%
  3. Philippine Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Conditions - Philippine history, culture, foreign policy, geography, government, development issues and goals - 30%
  4. International Affairs - Theory and practice of international economics and trade, international politics, international law and treaties - 30%
  5. World History - 10%
  6. Foreign Language - Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish - 5%

The testing center for the Written Test is the Department of Foreign Affairs, Manila. However, the Board reserves the right to also conduct the Written Test outside Metro Manila depending on the number of qualified candidates.

Candidates must obtain a passing grade of at least 75% in the Written Test in order to qualify for the Oral Test.

IV. Psychological Test (To be announced)

The Psychological Test shall be held in Manila after the results of the Oral Test have been determined.

Candidates shall be evaluated and certified as having passed the Psychological Test based on the results of their test.

V. Oral Test (To be announced)

The Oral Test shall be held in Manila after the results of the Written Test shall have been determined. The Oral Test shall include an assessment of the candidate's oral skills, logical thinking, values and attitude. Previous records, experiences and conduct of examinees shall also be considered in determining the candidate's fitness and aptitude for foreign service work.

Candidates who obtain a transmuted score of at least 80% shall be deemed to have passed the Oral Test. A candidate must garner a composite rating of 80% or above in the Written Test and Oral Test in order to pass the FSO Examination.

Applicants are required to pass the five (5) sequential parts of the entire FSO Examination all within the prescribed time frame in order to be considered eligible for appointment to the position of Foreign Service Officer, Class IV. Any applicant who passes the Qualifying Test shall no longer be allowed to defer any of the succeeding portions of the FSO Examination. Moreover, an applicant who fails to show up for or does not take the succeeding phase of the FSO Examination as scheduled shall be deemed to have failed the entire examination.


Applicants shall meet the following requirements:

  1. Citizenship - Applicants should be natural-born Filipino citizens and concurrently permanent residents of the Philippines. Pursuant to Republic Act No. 9225 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations, those who pass the FSO Examinations with more than one citizenship, shall subscribe and swear to an oath of allegiance to the Republic of the Philippines and its duly constituted authorities, and renounce their oath of allegiance to any other country, prior to assumption of office.
  2. Age - Applicants should not be more than thirty-five (35) years of age on the day of the Qualifying Test or on 10 March 2013. The maximum age limit, however, do not apply to those who have been employed in the Department of Foreign Affairs or Foreign Service Institute for at least two years prior to the date of the FSO Qualifying Examinations and who meet the other qualifications required of candidates for the examination.
  3. Education - Applicants should have at least graduated from a four (4) year bachelor's degree course or higher on or before the prescribed due date of submission of requirements, and shall present the transcript of records, and either the diploma, certificate of graduation or its equivalent, from a college or university of recognized standing.
  4. Work Experience or Further Studies – Applicants should have undergone employment or undertaken further studies after graduating from college or university (preferably at least two years).


1. Application forms may be obtained in the following means:

a. Downloaded from the DFA website (www.dfa.gov.ph);

b. Personally secured from the Main Office, Regional Consular Offices (RCO) of the DFA, or Philippine Embassies/Consulates abroad;

2. Application forms shall be duly accomplished by the applicants and submitted in person from 12 December 2012 until 25 January 2013 at any Regional Consular Office or at Philippine Embassies or Consulates abroad, and not later than 31 January 2013 until 5:00 p.m. only at the Board of Foreign Service Examinations (BFSE) Secretariat, 2nd Floor, DFA Main Building, 2330 Roxas Blvd., Pasay City. Applications shall no longer be accepted beyond the set deadlines.

3. The following shall be attached to the completed application forms:

a. Certified True Copy (CTC) of transcript of records from the college or university from which the degree was obtained, bearing the seal of the college or university. Applicants who attended post-graduate schools shall submit a copy of their transcript of records certified as true copy by said school, in addition to their college or university records. Transcript of records obtained from a foreign school shall be certified as true copy by the foreign school, with English translation, or duly authenticated by a Philippine Foreign Service Post which jurisdiction covers said foreign school;

b. Certified True Copy (CTC) of diploma or certificate of graduation from the college or university from which the degree was obtained, bearing the seal of the college or university. Applicants who attended post-graduate schools shall submit a copy of their diploma or certificate of graduation certified as true copy by said school, in addition to their college diploma. Diplomas or certificates of graduation obtained from a foreign school shall be certified as true copy by the foreign school, with English translation, or duly authenticated by a Philippine Foreign Service Post which jurisdiction covers said foreign school;

c. Proof of past or present employment or further studies.

d. Original birth certificate issued by the National Statistics Office

  • For those born abroad: Report of Birth at Post may be submitted in case no birth record is available at National Statistics Office (NSO). The Report of Birth shall be duly authenticated by the issuing Post. A certification of non-availability of said birth certificate from the NSO shall be submitted along with the Report of Birth.
  • For a Filipino citizen who has dual or multiple citizenships: a notarized affidavit stating that upon passing the examination, he/she intends to renounce his/her oath of allegiance to his/her other countries of citizenship; he/she must also submit a notarized affidavit stating that he/she is a permanent resident in the Philippines.

e. For married applicants: a Certified True Copy (CTC) of marriage contract from the National Statistics Office. If married to a foreigner, he/she must secure from the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, through the Board of Foreign Service Examinations, authority to take the FSO Examinations.

f. Eight (8) pieces 1-1/2in. x 2in. black and white or color studio-taken photographs, taken within six (6) months before the date of the examination, showing the full frontal view of the face of the applicant with a name tag (i.e. Juan M. dela Cruz, Jr.) (photocopied, scanned and digitally enhanced pictures shall not be accepted); and

g.     Two (2) self-addressed and self–stamped envelopes marked as priority mail.

Applications with incomplete documentary requirements shall not be accepted.

A non-refundable admission fee of five hundred pesos (P500.00) shall be collected from those who shall take the 2013 Qualifying Test upon initial inspection and acceptance of their application.

Application forms may be downloaded from http://www.dfa.gov.ph/index.php/downloads/cat_view/87-bfse-docs.


DFA Main Office: Board of Foreign Service Examinations, 2nd Floor, Department of Foreign Affairs, 2330 Roxas Boulevard,Pasay City

Tel. (02) 834-3080/ 3083

Email: bfse@dfa.gov.ph

DFA NCR-East Office: 7/F, Building C, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City

Tel (02) 570-3230

Fax (02) 570-3231

Email: dfancreast@dfa.gov.ph

DFA NCR-Central Office: Level 1, Lingkod Pinoy Center, Robinsons Galleria, Quezon City

Tel (02) 631-0806

Fax (02)631-0700

Email: dfancrcentral@dfa.gov.ph

DFA NCR-West: 5/F, SM City Manila, Natividad Almeda-Lopez St. (formerly Concepcion St), Manila

Tel (02) 536-9994

Fax (02) 536-9995

Email: dfancrwest@dfa.gov.ph

DFA Satellite Office Angeles: 3/F, MarQuee Mall, Pulung Maragul, Angeles City

Tel. (045) 304-0193

Email: dfaclarksatellite@yahoo.com

DFA RCO Bacolod: 2/F, East Block Square Circumferential Road, Barangay Villa Monte, Bacolod City

Tel. (034) 434-8338

Fax (034) 435-6358

Email: dfa_bacolod@yahoo.com; rcobacolod@gmail.com

DFA RCO Baguio: Upper Basement, SM City Baguio, Luneta Hill, Baguio City

Tel (074) 422-2258, (074) 422 -1465

Fax(074) 442-2255

Email: rco_baguio@yahoo.com; baguio.rco@dfa.gov.ph

DFA RCO Butuan: CESIA Building, Mantilla Boulevard, Butuan City

Tel. (085) 342-7822

Fax (085) 342-5700

Email: dfarco_butuan@yahoo.com; dfabutuan@yahoo.com

DFA RCO Cagayan de Oro: Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro City

Tel. (08822) 724-309, (088) 857-2175

Fax (08822)726-578

Email: rco.cdo@gmail.com; rco.cdo@philcom.ph

DFA RCO Cebu: 4th Level, Pacific Mall-Metro Mandaue, UN Ave. cor. MC Briones St., Brgy. Estancia, Mandaue City

Tel.(032) 520-5898, 520-6193, 520-6550

Fax (032) 520-6551

Email: dfacebu@yahoo.com; cebu.rco@dfa.gov.ph, cebu@dfa.gov.ph

DFA RCO Cotabato: People's Palace, City Hall, Cotabato City

Tel. (064) 421-3495, 421-3878

Fax (064) 421-3495

Email: rcocotabato@yahoo.com

DFA RCO Davao: 3/F, SM City Davao, Quimpo Blvd., Ecoland, Brgy. Malina, Davao City

Tel. (082) 285-4885, 285-1900

Fax (082) 285-1727, 2851552

Email: davao.rco@dfa.gov.ph; Mindanao@dfa.gov.ph

DFA RCO General Santos: Robinsons Place GenSan, J. Catolico St., Ave., Lagao, General Santos City

Tel. (083) 553-8380, 826-9089

Fax (083) 554-2742

Email: rco.gsc@gmail.com

DFA RCO Iloilo: Yulo Street, Iloilo City

Tel. (033) 336-1737, (02) 487-3041

Fax (033) 335-0221

Email: dfailo@skyinet.net; Iloilo.rco@dfa.gov.ph

DFA RCO La Union: Pasado Building, Pagdalagan Norte, San Fernando, La Union

Tel (072) 607-6487, 607-6510

Fax (072) 607-6491

Email: dfa_launion@yahoo.com; launion.rco@dfa.gov.ph

DFA RCO Legazpi: Lacandula Drive, Barangay Cruzada, Legazpi City

Tel. (052) 480-3000, 820-3396

Fax (052) 480-1773

Email: rco_legaspi@yahoo.com; dfa_legazpi@yahoo.com

DFA RCO Lipa: 2/F Robinson Place, JP Laurel Highway, Mataas na Lupa, Lipa City

Tel. (043) 722-0578

Fax (043) 722-0590

Email: dfa.co.batangas@gmail.com; batangas.rco@dfa.gov.ph

DFA RCO Lucena: 3rd Floor, Pacific Mall Lucena, M.L. Tagarao St., Barangay III, Lucena City

Tel. (042) 710-4526, 373-1119

Fax (042) 373-1898

Email: dfarcolc@pldtdsl.net; lucena.rco@dfa.gov.ph

DFA RCO Pampanga: 2/F, Robinsons StarMill, City of San Fernando, Pampanga

Tels. (045) 636-0007, 636-0009

FaxNo. (045) 636-0010

Email: rcopampanga@yahoo.com; pampanga@dfa.gov.ph

DFA RCO Puerto Princesa: 2nd Floor, Puerto Princesa City Coliseum, National Highway, Barangay San Pedro, PuertoPrincesa City

Tel. (048) 434-1773

Email: dfarcopprincesa@gmail.com

DFA RCO Tacloban: Leyte SMED Center, Capitol Site, Sn. Enage, Tacloban City

Tel. (053) 321-8233, (053) 523-0080

Fax (053) 321-8237

Email: dfa_tac@yahoo.com; tacloban.rco@dfa.gov.ph

DFA RCO Tuguegarao: Regional Government Center, Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan Valley

Tel (078) 846-4813, 846-1482

Fax (078) 846-2310

Email: rco_tuguegarao@yahoo.com

DFA RCO Zamboanga: Go-Velayo Building, Veterans Avenue, Zamboanga City

Tel. (062) 991-4398, (062) 991-2202

Fax (062) 991-7958

Email: rcozambo@yahoo.com; rcozamboanga@yahoo.com; rcozamboanga@jetlink.com.ph