MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Flexible work arrangements for government offices have been approved through CSC Resolution No. 2200209, which will take effect on June 15.
The resolution was first promulgated on May 18 and published on May 31.
While flexible work arrangements can be adopted anytime, the decision is still subject to the head of the agency with the condition that services are still delivered from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The flexible work arrangements are part of CSC’s nationwide effort to transition from a state of public health emergency to the new normal.
“It serves as a preventive measure to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of government officials and employees while ensuring the government’s continued operations and efficient delivery of public services,” said CSC in a statement.
CSC Resolution No. 2200209 includes the following work arrangements:
(1) Flexiplace, wherein officials and employees may be authorized to render services away from their office;
(2) Compressed work week, in which the 40-hour work week is compressed into four (4) days or less, instead of five (5);
(3) Skeleton workforce, where a minimum number of personnel will be required to report to the office when full staffing is not possible;
(4) Work shifting for agencies required by law to operate 24/7 or agencies required to observe workplace health and safety protocols;
(5) Flexitime, where employees are allowed to report between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. provided they complete the required 40-hour workweek; and
(6) Combination of flexible work arrangements that may be adopted by an agency according to what is appropriate or applicable to its mandate and functions.
The policy aims to provide work-life balance to employees as well as offer better work arrangements for vulnerable employees such as senior citizens, pregnant women, immunocompromised individuals, or those recovering from sickness/injuries and issues of mobility.
In parallel to the Telecommuting Law of the private sector, the new flexible work arrangement covers 1.7 million government employees regardless of the status of appointment.
The adoption of the new policy may also be allowed on a regular or recurring basis, situational, or for medical reasons.
Additionally, agencies are tasked to draw up their internal guidelines on the chosen flexible work arrangement(s). They must also ensure that support mechanisms are in place in the implementation.
Read the official press release of CSC for more information. – WhatALife!
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