2012 Foreign Service Officer (FSO) Examinations

Department of Foreign Affairs

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 2012 FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICER (FSO) EXAMINATIONS to recruit candidates for appointment to the position of Foreign Service Officer, Class IV.

The 2012 FSO Examinations is composed of five (5) parts:

  1. Qualifying Test: 19 February 2012
  2. Preliminary Interview: 31 March 2012 (tentative)
  3. Written Test: 4, 5 & 6 April 2012 (tentative)
  4. Psychological Test: 25 to 29 June 2012 (tentative)
  5. Oral Test: 29, 30 & 31 August 2012 (tentative)



  1. Age Limit- Applicants should be less than thirty-five (35) years of age on the day of the Qualifying Test or on 19 February 2012.
  2. Education - Applicants should a holder of at least a four (4) year bachelor’s degree or higher.
  3. Citizenship - Applicant should be a Filipino citizen and has established permanent residence in the Philippines for at least one (1) year prior to the Qualifying Test of the FSO Examinations.


a. Certified True Copy (CTC) of transcript of records from the college or university, bearing the seal of the college or university.
b. Certified True Copy (CTC) of diploma or certificate of graduation, bearing the seal of the college or university.
c. Original birth certificate issued by the National Statistics Office, and

  • For a naturalized Filipino citizen: a Certified True Copy (CTC) of naturalization papers or Philippine passport,
  • 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.

d. For married women: 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.
e. 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
f. Two (2) self-addressed and self–stamped envelopes marked as priority mail


Completed application forms together with the documentary requirements shall be returned to any of the DFA Regional Consular Offices enumerated below, not later than 05 January 2012; or to the DFA Main Office, not later than 13 January 2012, for evaluation and processing.

Application Forms and relevant information

Application Forms and relevant information regarding the examination maybe downloaded from the Department of Foreign Affairs website (www.dfa.gov.ph). Forms may also be obtained personally from the following offices of the Department of Foreign Affairs;

DFA Main Office: Board of Foreign Service Examinations, 2nd floor, Department of Foreign Affairs, 2330 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City * Tel. (02) 834-3080/ 3083 * Fax (02) 551-5976

DFA RCO Baguio: Don Monsylito Building, 16 Legarda Road, Baguio City * Tel (074) 424-3358, 442-2258 * Fax (074) 442-2255, rco_baguio@yahoo.com

DFA RCO La Union: Pasado Building, Pagdalagan Norte, San Fernando, La Union * Tel (072) 607-6487, 607-6490 * Fax (072) 607-6491 * Email: dfa_launion@yahoo.com

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 Pampanga: City Central Transport Terminal (CCTT) Lazatin Blvd., Corner Olongapo-Gapan Road, San Juan, City of San Fernando, Pampanga * Tels. (045) 455-2470, 455-2475 * Fax No. (045) 961-6175 * Email: rcopampanga@yahoo.com

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

DFA RCO Batangas: Batangan Plaza and Convention Center, National Road, Kumintang Ilaya, Batangas City * Tel. (043) 722-0578 * Email: dfa.co.batangas@gmail.com

DFA RCO Puerto Princesa: 2nd Floor, Puerto Princesa City Coliseum, National Highway, Barangay San Pedro, Puerto Princesa City * Tel. (048) 434-1773

DFA RCO Legazpi: Lacandula Drive, Barangay Cruzada, Legazpi City * Tel. (052) 480-3000, 820-3396 * Fax (052) 480-1773 * Email: rco_legazpi@yahoo.com

DFA RCO Iloilo: Yulo Street, Iloilo City * Tel. (033) 336-1737, (02) 487-3041 * Fax (033) 335-0221 * Email: dfailo@skyinet.net

DFA RCO Bacolod: 2nd Floor, East Block Square, Circumferential Road, Barangay Villa Monte, Bacolod City * Tel. (034) 434-8338 * Email: dfa_bacolod@yahoo.com

DFA RCO Cebu: Causing Lozada Building, Osmena Blvd. cor Lapu-lapu Street, Cebu City * Tel. (032) 256-3193, 253-6798 * Fax (032) 256-0624 * Email: dfacebu@yahoo.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

DFA RCO Zamboanga: Go-Velayo Building, Veterans Avenue, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur * Tel. (062) 991-4398, (062) 991-2202 * Fax (062) 991-7958 * Email: rcozambo@yahoo.com

DFA RCO Cagayan de Oro: Limketkai Drive, Cagayan de Oro City * Tel. (08822) 724-309, (088) 857-2175 * Fax (08822) 726-578 * Email: rco.cdo@gmail.com

DFA RCO Davao City: Ebro-Pelayo Building, E. Jacinto Street, Davao City * Tel. (082) 227-3900, 224-4885, * Fax (082) 221-4552, * Email: davaorco@yahoo.com

DFA RCO Butuan: CESIA Building, Montilla Boulevard, Butuan City * Tel. (085) 342-7822 * Fax (085) 342-5700 * Email: dfarco_butuan@yahoo.com

DFA RCO General Santos: Gaisano Complex, J. Catolico St., Lagao, General Santos City * Tel. (083) 553-8380, 826-9089 * Email: rco.gsc@gmail.com

DFA RCO Cotabato: People’s Palace, City Hall, Cotabato City * Tel. (064) 421-3478 * Fax (064) 421-3495 * Email: rcocotabato@yahoo.com

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