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Flexibility in government is the ‘new normal,’ according to the CSC.

MANILA, Philippines — The Civil Service Commission’s (CSC) “solution” to the new normal considered effective even after the epidemic is the flexible work arrangement in the public sector.

CSC commissioner Aileen Lizada said the commission’s “response to the new normal for government” is institutionalizing the flexible work arrangement so it can continue to provide efficient public service in a televised public briefing.

“Na-experience ng HR [human resources] ng 1.7 million employees ‘yung challenges natin during the pandemic kaya naka-issue tayo earlier ng dalawang MC [memorandum circular] covering ho ito – MC 10 and 18 – kaso ang MCs na ito ay hanggang (The HR, the 1.7 million employees the challenges during the pandemic so we issued earlier two

The authorized flexible work arrangement, CSC Resolution No. 2200209, was published on May 31 and will take effect 15 days later, on June 15.

Flexible work arrangements are subject to the head of the agency’s discretion on the premise that all stakeholders are guaranteed uninterrupted service delivery from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It ensures safe working environments for government officials and staff while they carry out their obligations as public servants.

It also makes suitable work arrangements for senior individuals, pregnant and nursing mothers, immunocompromised people with chronic diseases, and people who have been injured in accidents but are nonetheless physically and intellectually capable of working.

“Kaya minabuti ng komisyon na institutionalize ang polisiyon ng flexible work arrangements para kung anong dumating sa atin (The commission institutionalized the policy on flexible work arrangements so that whatever comes our way, we can anticipate it, the heads of agencies will be able to adapt quickly, and we are an agile HR,” Lizada said.

The government’s flexible work arrangement applies to regular appointments such as permanent, temporary, substitute, provisional, co-terminus, fixed-term, casual, and contractual positions that have been filed to the CSC.

“‘Yung mga COS [contract of service] at job orders (JOs) po, hindi sila covered ng polisya na ito (The COS and JOs are not covered by this policy), however the DBM and COA [Commission on Audit] may construct a parallel issuance for the COS and JO in consideration of this policy,” she continued.

The following are the work arrangements:

(1) Flexiplace – officials and employees may be authorized to provide services outside of their office; (2) Compressed work week – the 40-hour work week is compressed into four days or less, rather than five; (3) Skeleton workforce – when full staffing is not possible, a minimum number of personnel will be required to report to the office; (4) Workshifting for agencies required by law to operate 24/7 or agencies required to follow workplace health and safety protocols;

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