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CIR Alumnus made it Again as Foreign Service Officer

By: Philip James S. Miñoza

Nielo T. Domingo


True to its mark of excellence as one of the country’s leading educational institutions for Foreign Service, the College of International Relations of the Lyceum of the Philippines University-Manila has produced another Foreign Service Officer. Mr. Jorge Philippe A. Arjona, gained an overall rating of 82.08% and is recommended by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs for appointment by the President of the Republic of the Philippines as Foreign Service Officer, Class IV.  


Mr. Arjona began the year-long examination administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs on August 8, 2016. The five stages are the Civil Service Examination for Foreign Service Officers (CSE-FSO), which is a qualifying test, the preliminary interview, the written test, a psychological assessment, and finally the oral examination. The FSO Examination is considered the longest test in the country because of the high mortality rate of examinees. Previous Lycean FSOs include LV de Guzman, Paolo Zurita, JJ Domingo, and Monica Remsy Calangian. For the past 10 years, the College of International Relations has been living up to its reputation for providing quality Foreign Service education. Mr. Arjona credits college subjects such as World History, International Relations: Problems and Issues, International Organizations I & II, Philippine Political & Socio-Economic Conditions, and Foreign Language (Spanish) with giving him an advantage.