Govt offices allowed to adopt flexible work arrangements beginning June 15 — CSC

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 7) — Flexible work arrangements in the public sector will be allowed beginning June 15, according to the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

In a statement dated June 6, the CSC said it approved this new policy through a resolution promulgated on May 18 and published on May 31.

The commission stressed, however, that the decision to adopt such arrangements will ultimately rest on the heads of respective government agencies.

It added it may be done on a regular, recurring, or situational basis, or for medical reasons, so long as the delivery of government services are not hampered.

The CSC said it seeks to institutionalize flexible work arrangements as part of the nationwide effort toward smooth transition from a state of public health emergency to the new normal.

Per the resolution, these arrangements include:

- Flexiplace, where officials and employees may be authorized to render services away from their office;

- Compressed work week, where the 40-hour work week is compressed into four days or less, instead of five;

- Skeleton workforce, where a minimum number of personnel will be required to report to the office when full staffing is not possible;

- Work shifting for agencies required by law to operate 24/7 or agencies required to observe workplace health and safety protocols;

- Flexitime, where employees are allowed to report between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., provided they complete the required 40-hour workweek; and

- Combination of flexible work arrangements that may be adopted by an agency according to what is appropriate or applicable to its mandate and functions.

According to the CSC, the shift is a way to improve work-life balance and encourage the adoption of information and communication technology for remote work.

It also noted the move could benefit employees who are senior citizens, pregnant, immunocompromised, recovering from sickness or injuries, or have mobility issues.

"As a parallel policy to the Telecommuting Law of the private sector, the flexible work arrangement guidelines covering 1.7 million government employees, regardless of the status of appointment, will certainly change the landscape of work in the country," the commission said.

"The CSC is confident that greater flexibility will lead to increased productivity as the work environment becomes more responsive to employees' unique individual needs," it added.