VIDEO: CSC approves 4-day work week for government offices

    MANILA, Philippines - The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has approved the 4-day work week proposal for all government employees in Metro Manila to help ease worsening traffic situation.

    4-day work week-scheme schedule

    Under the new scheme which will will start on Monday, September 29, government offices can voluntarily implement the new work schedule from Tuesday to Friday or Monday to Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., with an hour off for lunch break.

    In a two-page resolution of CSC, government office should qualify first for the requirements of the commission before they implement the new scheme. It must have a one-stop shop and its frontline services accessible through the Internet. In addition, a functioning call center or hotline system is a must which diverts calls to the officers of the day should the person concerned be off duty.

    "Kung minsan po ang ating transacting public ay magwo-walk in sa opisina para humingi ng information para magtanong kung ano ang mga proseso nila. Yun po [dapat] pwede ma-access online," CSC Public Information Office director Liza Agamata said in a radio interview on DZMM.

    The new work schedule, the agency said, was also aimed at “promoting work-life balance among employees” and boosting their engagement, morale and productivity.

    Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Friday announced support to the proposal. MMDA said it will now buckle down to study thoroughly the implementation of the scheme in the agency to ensure that it should be in compliance with the Civil Service Commission rules and regulations.

    Agamata has clarified that the new work scheme is not mandatory to government offices.

    WATCH: 4-day workweek for NCR government workers approved (video courtesy of Bandila/ABS-CBN News)

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