The Davao City government has ordered the implementation of a fully operational work-from-home (WFH) and skeleton workforce arrangement in all government offices based in the city.
Under Executive Order No. 44, Mayor Sara Duterte ordered the enforcement of the policy from Sept. 8 to 26 due to the massive surge of COVID-19 infections.
The Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and other private hospitals have reached full capacity with all kinds of patients, including COVID-19 cases.
“The Health Group of the Response Cluster of the Davao COVID-19 Task Force recommended to put essential workers on a work-from-home arrangement,” Mayor Sara said in a statement, adding that the recommendation was modified to be mandatory for government offices only so as not to disrupt businesses and private offices.
She, however, said that the WFH and skeleton workforce arrangement may be voluntarily adopted by private offices and establishments.
Mayor Sara also underscored that the policy must not delay the delivery of government services.
“All offices must create a system wherein government service is accessible to all those in need despite the WFH and skeleton workforce arrangement,” she said.
Offices should have online platforms where clients can access and direct their queries, with a real-time feedback response system, she added.
The order also states that all meetings involving government offices shall use online platforms and that all meetings of more than five attendees are prohibited.
Exempted from the directive are personnel working in the vaccination program, COVID-19 response, solid waste management program, implementation projects, and emergency response.
E.O. 44 also provides that all disaster and social services personnel may also adopt a WFH arrangement, provided that they are on-call and on a shifting arrangement 24 hours a day.