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CSC: The agency heads decide on the Flexi work scheme

MANILA, Philippines — The Civil Service Commission (CSC) announced Wednesday that flexible work arrangements for state employees will be determined by their respective department heads.

CSC commissioner Aileen Lizada said in a Laging Handa briefing that in creating Resolution No. 2200209, which provides for flexible work arrangement choices in the public sector, they addressed the continuity of public service and the efficiency of government operations.

“Eto pong mga flexi work schedules, hindi ho ito automated, yehey!” (These flexi work arrangements are not automatic; they are dependent on the ating.) No, they are subject to the decisions of our agency heads,” she explained.

“Ang ginagawa po ng CSC, we present options, and kung ano lang po ang relevant sa agency, pwede nila ho gawin ‘yon,” she continued.

Flexible work arrangements are required in most cases.

The government agencies have been given the duty of developing internal guidelines that they would adopt and apply.

The guidelines must adhere to the CSC, Department of Labor and Employment, and Department of Health Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1 series of 2020, and they must be submitted to CSC regional offices for record and reference.

The agreements, according to Lizada, involve work that can be done outside of offices, and organizations must adhere to performance criteria and punctuality.

She listed the benefits of a flexible workplace as follows:

-Work from home – a work arrangement that allows a government official or employee to work from his or her home or place of abode.

-Work from a satellite office – a work arrangement in which employees report to their agency’s satellite office near their home, as well as central, regional, and other field offices, rather than reporting to their office.

-Work from a different fixed location – where work is done within the Philippines, rather than abroad, at a location that is favorable to productive work and effective fulfillment of official duties and responsibilities, such as their home, residence, or satellite office.

“But claruhin natin ito, conducive for productive work, hindi po puwede ngayong week eh, doon po ako sa Boracay o doon po ako sa Palawan, hindi ho puwede (Let’s clarify this, conducive for productive work, you can’t say you’re in Boracay, in Palawan this week) because this is still subject to the supervisor, recommendatory

Lizada mentioned the following flexible work arrangements:

-A compressed work week still comprises 40 hours of work – Employees may only work four days per week, but government agencies must ensure that individuals are present in the offices five days per week.

When a full staffing pattern is not possible, a skeleton workforce refers to a small number of government officials or personnel reporting to service to man the office.

-Work shifting – refers to a work arrangement that applies to offices that offer security and safety 24 hours a day, such as the Bureau of Immigration, Customs, Public Health, and Security.

-Flexitime — a government official or employee may report to work at any time between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., as long as there are eight hours of work and individuals assigned during the core working hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

-Combination – this may be eight hours at the office for four days and then one day working from home; only if working from home is appropriate for the nature of the job.

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