Classes, gov’t work only ‘til 2 p.m. on Sept. 23

Robie de Guzman   •   September 23, 2019   •   496

MANILA, Philippines – Classes in some schools and work in government offices will be dismissed early on Monday, Sept. 23, in celebration of the 27th National Family Week.

This is pursuant to the announcement No. 53 s.2019 of the Civil Service Commission which encourages government agencies and state-run universities and colleges to shorten work and class hours until 2 p.m. so they can spend mealtime with their families.

This is in line with the National Family Week being celebrated every last week of September.

The event on Sept. 23 to 28, with the theme, “Tungo sa Maginhawa, Matatag at panatag na Pamilyang Pilipino,” will be led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

“The celebration aims to strengthen the Filipino family unity and relationship through meaningful celebration and promotion of Filipino values,” the announcement read.

In view of the celebration, the CSC urged all government agencies and SUCs to support the following activities:

  • Simultaneous ringing of bells at 12 pm, dubbed as “Ring a Family Bell,” as a symbol of nationwide awareness and commitment to commemorate the solidarity and unity of the Filipino family; and,
  • Simultaneous ringing of bells at 8 am in State Universities and Colleges as a sign of support to the Filipino Family

Malacañang earlier announced that work in government offices in the Executive branch will be suspended on Monday beginning 3 p.m. onwards.

The order was stated in Memorandum Circular No. 65, signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

“However, those agencies whose functions involve the delivery of basic and health services, preparedness/response to disasters and calamities, and/or the performance of other vital services shall continue with their operations and render the necessary services,” the circular read.

“The suspension of work in other branches of government and in independent commissions or bodies is left to the sound discretion of their respective heads/management,” it added.

The Department of Education (DepEd) also announced that work and classes in all DepEd offices and public schools will be suspended effective 3 p.m.

On Sunday, the Supreme Court announced that office work in courts nationwide will only be until 2 p.m. on Monday.

Other areas that have announced to dismiss work and classes early are the cities of Manila, Caloocan, Navotas, Makati, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Pasay, San Juan, Quezon, Taguig and Pasig.

Playing games during working hours may be ground for suspension — CSC

Freema Gloria   •   March 7, 2019

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) warns government employees who are in the habit of playing online games during working hours, that it could get them suspended or dismissed from their jobs.

CSC commissioner Atty. Aileen Lizada said government workers are strictly prohibited from engaging in online games, social media, watching TV and similar activities while at work.

Lizada added that there are employees who use their time at work to do personal things such as cleaning their nails or selling goods, which they should not do because they are wasting government resources paid for by tax payers who expect state workers to do their duties.

“We are being paid by the tax payers. Public office is a public trust,” Lizada said.

Under CSC Resolution No  1701077-2017 Rule on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service, government officials and employees who will be caught in violation of Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service for the first time will be suspended from six months to one year for the first offense.

If this continues, the employee may face dismissal from service.

Lizada urged the public not to hesitate from reporting to the CSC any government agency that is slow in taking actions or accommodating their needs. People may call 1-6565, and 0908-8816565 for their complaints.

The Commission’s call center receives almost 400 reports daily. The complaints are mostly about the slow service due to employees playing games online or other distractions during office hours.

The issue surfaced when Naval, Biliran Mayor Gerard Espina’s internal memorandum warning to dismiss employees for playing mobile games at work became viral on social media. — Freema Salonga – Gloria (with reports from Joan Nano)

Gov’t employees protest vs contractualization

admin   •   March 20, 2018

Some of the workers in the government who staged protest in front of the Department of Budget and Management office on Tuesday.

MANILA, Philippines — Some government employees trooped to the head office of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) office in Manila, Tuesday morning.

They protested against the issuance of the Joint Circular No. 1 of the DBM, Civil Service Commission (CSC) and Commission on Audit (COA).

They said the circular will reduce their chances of becoming regular employees because they will be handled by a third-party agency.

“Kung hindi sila matatanggal…kung maabsorb man, mananatili paring contractual. Hindi sila gagawing regular,” said Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE) national president, Ferdinand Gaite.

(If they don’t get fired and the agency absorbs them, they will continue to be contractual employees; they will not be regularized.) — UNTV News & Rescue

PRRD appoints ex-CSC chair Francisco Duque III as new Health Secretary

UNTV News   •   October 27, 2017

Former Civil Service Commission chairman Francisco Duque the III

President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed former Civil Service Commission chairman Francisco Duque the III as the new secretary of the Department of Health (DOH).

Duque previously served as the Health Secretary under the Administration of former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

In 2001, he was appointed as the CEO and President of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation or PhilHealth. – UNTV News & Rescue

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