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CSC Sets Work Arrangement for Gov’t Workers Affected by Yolanda

The Civil Service Commission announced through an official correspondents given to PhilNews.Ph, that government employees in severely affected areas by typhoon Yolanda may be exempted from work but with pay.

News Release

The CSC announced that government workers will be paid from the first working day following the onslaught of the typhoon until such time that conditions in the area have normalized, or as may be determined by the head of the agency.

According to Civil Service Commission, workers should make known to their agency heads that they would seek exemption from work. The announcement was made on Friday, November 22, 2013 by Civil Service Commission Chairman Francisco T. Duque III.

Here’s the official Press Release by Civil Service Commission:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 22, 2013

Government employees in areas severely affected by Typhoon Yolanda may be exempted from work but with pay, to start from the first working day following the onslaught of the typhoon until such time that conditions in the area have normalized or as may be determined by the head of the agency. They should make known to their agency heads that they would seek exemption from work.

This was disclosed today by Civil Service Commission Chairman Francisco T. Duque III as the CSC issued work guidelines for state workers in areas badly hit by typhoon Yolanda. “While government employees are duty-bound to serve the public, there are times when they too become victims of unfortunate circumstances that prevent them for fulfilling their primordial role,” the CSC Chair said.

He added that heads of government agencies in the affected areas shall take full responsibility for the grant of work exemption, including the period covered and verification of the employee’s eligibility to be granted thereof.

In instances where operations may be immediately restored, even if only in part, agency heads may require employees to work on rotation basis to help in restoring their agency’s operations or to help in relief and rehabilitation efforts in the area.

In situations where it is physically impossible for employees to resume work in their designated stations, employees may be temporarily assigned to work in the nearest regional/field office or attached agency, or in other agencies in the area, upon coordination with such other government agencies to help in the immediate restoration of services.

Agency heads shall take steps to properly record work arrangements adopted for their staff.

Meanwhile, Chairman Duque said that the CSC Regional Office in Palo, Leyte is operational and ready to attend to clients. Except for the CSC Field Office in Tacloban City, all other Field Offices in Maasin City and Ormoc City (Leyte), Catbalogan City (Samar), Borongan City (Eastern Samar), and Catarman (Northern Samar) are also operational. The CSC Field Office in Ormoc City is located at the lobby of the city hall.

PUBLICATIONS AND MEDIA RELATIONS DIVISION
Public Assistance and Information Office
Civil Service Commission
IBP Road, Batasan Hills, Diliman, Quezon City
Tel. No.: 931-4180
www.youtube.com/user/cscmedia
www.csc.gov.ph

You can also download the official Press Release of the CSC through the link provided below:

CSC Work Arrangement for Government Workers News Release (pdf)

CSC Memorandum Circular No. 23, s. 2013

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