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Friday, September 26, 2014

Malacanang Studying 4 Day Metro Work Week Proposal

Malacañang is studying the four-day work week authorized by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) for government offices in Metro Manila.
Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said they will study whether or not the new work scheme will be applied in the Office of the President (OP), taking into consideration its impact on President Aquino’s schedule and on the productivity of the personnel.
“I just spoke to the human resource of the Office of the President. They just received this particular memo the other day from the CSC field director. It is now submitted to one of the deputy executive secretaries for study. There are requirements in order for one to use the four-day work week. That has not been discussed yet, and most likely there will be a discussion on that,” Lacierda said in a Palace press briefing.
Lacierda said the President has “many engagements” in a week and at times does not even have a rest day.
The CSC had earlier issued a resolution allowing a four-day work week for government agencies in the National Capital Region. The new work schedule was drawn up in response to the heavy traffic situation in Metro Manila.
Lacierda said the commission has provided guidelines before a government agency allows its personnel to work four days a week.
He said the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) plans to study the four-day work week proposal, considering that it has many offices around the country.
“While the Civil Service Commission provides the guidelines, the particular implementing agency has to also look at the guidelines vis-à-vis their work activities and also their interaction with the public sector… Will that affect the delivery of public service to our citizenry?” he said. 

Lacierda acknowledged that the ongoing infrastructure projects may cause some inconvenience to the public but these will soon improve the traffic flow in Metro Manila. “In the meantime, as always, we ask for understanding from the public,” he added.
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