Atty. Robert S. Martinez, known to the Civil Service Commission as Comm. Doc, was appointed by President Benigno S. Aquino III as Commissioner in July 2012. Having both the legal qualifications and competence on human resource, and a solid foundation from his 23-year track in government service, Commissioner Martinez is seen as a suitable and fitting addition to the three-member Commission and his appointment is a significant contribution to the CSC being an administrative agency and the government’s human resource institution.
He took his Bachelor of Arts degree Major in Economics at the University of Santo Tomas and graduated in 1981. Shortly then, he went to Ateneo De Manila University School of Law and finished Bachelor of Laws in 1985. On the same year, he took and passed the BAR exams and became a lawyer at the young age of twenty-five.
After passing the Bar, he went to private practice of law. He entered government service working as Legal Officer and Assistant Corporate Secretary at the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) – the official export trade promotion agency of the Philippine government. At CITEM, he became Chief of the Human Resources Development Division and in a concurrent capacity, was designated as Project Manager of the various export promotion activities of the agency in different countries. While holding the post in HRD, he introduced several changes and innovations which earned him a Best Supervisor award given by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). His competence and commitment earned him the managerial post as a Director of the General Administrative Service where he introduced a host of innovations focusing on operational control and strategy management.
Commissioner Martinez joined Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), a government corporation, as Deputy Administrator for Administration. This was the post he held prior to his appointment as CSC Commissioner. As Director in the DTI and Deputy Administrator for Administration in the SBMA, Commissioner Martinez directly supervised, among other divisions/departments of said agencies, the Personnel Division and the HR Department, respectively.
Commissioner Martinez’ legal background and practical experience on a broad range of management functions particularly in aligning systems, structures and resources has made him the right fit or the perfect match for the CSC which current initiatives and priorities are the quasi-judicial functions and strategic HR.
As CSC aims at securing an effective role being the constitutionally mandated HR institution of the government, and as it strives to obtain its vision of becoming Asia’s leading center of excellence in strategic human resource and organization development in 2030, Commissioner Martinez is one with the CSC and the entire civil service in treading carefully the path of transition to a culture of transformation and change.