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

Robie de Guzman   •   September 23, 2019   •   983

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.

Sweldo ng mga empleyado ng gobyerno, hindi babawasan sa kabila ng alternative work arrangement — CSC

Marje Pelayo   •   May 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Inilabas ng Civil Service Commission (CSC) ang alternative work arrangements na maaring maipatupad ng mga ahensya ng pamahalaan bilang bahagi ng mga pagbabago bunsod ng pandemya sa coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Mayroong limang alternatibong sistema na inilatag ang CSC: ang work-from-home scheme; ang 4-day compressed work week; ang staggered working hours; at ang kombinasyon ng aliman sa mga ito.

Magiging epektibo ang pagpapatupad ng alternative work arrangements sa May 22. 

Dahil dito, nangangamba ang maraming manggagawa sa posibleng epekto ng mga pagbabagong ito kabilang na ang posibleng pagbabawas sa sweldo dahil magiging limitado na lamang ang araw at oras ng pasok sa trabaho. 

Subalit nilinaw ni CSC Commissioner Aileen Lizada na hindi babawasan ang sweldo ng mga empleyado ng pamahalaan kahit na magbago ang kanilang work arrangement.

“The salary is still the same,” pahayag ni Atty. Lizada sa panayam sa programang Get It Straight with Daniel Razon noong Miyerkules (May 13).

Binigyang diin naman ng opisyal na lahat ng empleyado ng pamahalaan na kabilang na sa senior citizens ay dapat na isailalim na lamang sa work-from-home setup.

Kung ang trabaho naman nila ay hindi maaring gawin sa bahay, obligado ang employer na ihanap ang mga ito ng ibang uri ng trabaho na angkop sa work-from-home arrangement. 

Ayon pa kay Lizada, maaring sagutin ng ahensya ng gobyerno ang gastos ng isang empleyado na magta-trabaho sa bahay gaya ng Internet connection o wifi load, depende sa availability ng pondo. 

Gayunman ayon kay Lizada, malaki na ang matitipid ng isang empleyado kung tutuusin sa pagtatrabaho sa bahay. 

“Kasi depende rin sa availability ng funds ng ahensya kung meron,” ani Lizada.

“May savings na rin ang empleyado kasi come to think of it, let’s say nagko-commute siya. Hindi na siya magko-commute. Hindi na siguro siya kumakain sa canteen kasi libre na ang pagkain niya sa bahay,” dagdag nito.

Samantala, nilinaw naman ng CSC na ang hazard pay ay para lamang sa mga government workers na kailangang pumasok ng pisikal sa trabaho sa gitna ng COVID-19 crisis. 

Kasama sa makatatanggap ng hazard pay at special risk allowance ang mga nagta-trabaho sa gobyerno na kabilang sa frontline services kahit job order at contract of service ang kanilang estado. MNP (sa ulat ni Joan Nano)

CSC extends service tenure of retiring healthcare workers

Marje Pelayo   •   May 4, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has extended the job tenure of retiring healthcare workers to suffice the need for medical workers amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

One of them is Dr. Leopoldo Vega, Director of the Southern Philippine Medical Center as requested by the Department of Health (DOH).

We just  approved ang extension niya for another 6 months, [We just approved his extension for another 6 months,]” CSC Commissioner Aileen Lizada said. 

“Kasi mahirap naman na mawalan ka ng chief at the middle nitong COVID na ito, [The hospital will suffer if you let go of their chief at the middle of this COVID-19 health crisis,]” she added.

Section 12, Rule XIII of the Revised Omnibus Rules on Appointments and Other Personnel Actions said the Commission may, “in meritorious cases, extend the services of the one who has reached compulsory retirement age of 65 for a period of six (6) months, such extension shall be at the maximum period of one (1) year for those who will complete the fifteen (15) years of service required under the GSIS Law.”

Dr. Vega is supposed to retire on May 1.

Meanwhile, the CSC suspended until further notice the filing of applications for the Career Service Examination-Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT), both for Professional and Subprofessional levels, supposedly set on August 9.

The application period has been suspended in view of the declaration of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and the general community quarantine (GCQ).

Lizada said they are looking into other ways to proceed with the examination without violating health protocols considering that around 200,000 applicants each year. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

CSC to roll out work guidelines for gov’t employees in view of the ‘new normal’

Marje Pelayo   •   May 4, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Civil Service Commission (CSC) will be releasing guidelines on alternative work schemes for government workers amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Mayroon tayong pino-propose na [We are proposing for] work-from-home, skeleton workforce, 4-day work week, standard working hours, and other alternative work arrangements,” said CSC Commissioner Aileen Lizada.

These are just among the arrangements included in the interim guidelines of the CSC which are being finalized and will later be imposed in government agencies in the country. 

Alagaan po natin ang empleyado ng gobyerno kasi tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang [kanilang] paninilbihan, [We should also take care of our government employees because work in the government continues],” Lizada said.

Such adjustments are necessary given that work-from-home arrangements may not be applicable to certain functions.

“Parang sa finance, ilan lang ba dapat ang pumunta dyan sa isang araw, to handle the payroll, to handle ang babayaran? Then doon sa admin, ilan lang ba dapat? So, meron silang shifting hindi lahat present doon, [For instance in finance, how many employees must come to the office daily to handle the payroll, to handle the collections? Then administrative functions, how many? So they may opt to schedule shifts so that not all of them are present all at the same time,]” explained CSC Commissioner Aileen Lizada.

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the extension of the ECQ for 15 more days until May 15 due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in several urban areas in the country. 

Meanwhile, quarantine measures have been relaxed in moderate and low-risk areas or places with low to no cases of infection. 

Some rules like restriction on mass gatherings remain but slight changes were made to regulations on business and other sectors as well as government work that were allowed to resume functions. MNP (with inputs from Rosalie Coz)

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