Gov’t workers hit by Taal eruption may get special emergency leave – CSC

Robie de Guzman   •   January 14, 2020   •   963

A view of roofs covered in ash at a lakeside community two days after an eruption of Taal Volcano, in Agoncillo town, Batangas province, south of Manila, Philippines 14 January 2020.  EPA-EFE/Rolex dela Pena

MANILA, Philippines – Government employees badly-hit by the eruption of Taal volcano may avail of the special five-day emergency leave, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) said Tuesday.

In a statement, the CSC reiterated its Memorandum Circular Nos. 2 and 16, issued in 2012, which contain guidelines for the granting of the special emergency leave to state employees.

Under the guidelines, state employees may apply for five-straight working days or on staggered basis and will not be deducted with leave credits.

The CSC said this privilege may be used for any of the following:

  • For urgent repair and clean-up of damaged house
  • Being stranded in affected areas
  • Disease/illness of employees brought by natural calamity/disaster
  • Caring of immediate family members affected by natural calamity/disaster

The special emergency leave may be availed of by the affected government employees within thirty days from the first day of calamity declaration by proper government agencies/authorities, the CSC said.

It added that the head of office shall take full responsibility for the grant of special emergency leave and verification of the employee’s eligibility applying for the said leave.

“Said verification shall include: validation of place of residence based on latest available records of the affected employee; verification that the place of residence is covered in the declaration of calamity area by the proper government agency; and such other proofs as may be necessary,” the agency said.

Taal Volcano spewed ash and steam on Sunday, January 12, prompting evacuation orders for residents in surrounding villages as precaution for an imminent hazardous eruption.

Taal volcano is currently under alert level 4, which means a hazardous eruption is imminent within hours to days.

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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