LAOAG CITY-The provincial government of Apayao will adopt a four-day workweek starting June 5 to save on fuel and electricity, among others. In a Memorandum Order No. 103 addressed to all employees, Governor Elias C. Bulut Jr. said the shortened workweek is aimed at conserving the resources of the government and maximizing regular working hours. ‘Subject to the availability and sufficiency of manpower, the no-noon break policy shall be observed, especially by frontline personnel. Departments are mandated to schedule noon breaks of their employees in shifts in order to ensure that there is no vacuum created during lunch periods,’ he said in a statement. Those exempted from the governor’s order are frontline service workers such as those who work in hospitals, guards and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, who are required to report daily. The compressed workweek scheme starts at 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Thursday. Earlier, the Civil Service Commission issued interim guidelines authorizing government agencies to adopt flexible work arrangements to ensure effective and efficient delivery of public service. In addition, the Department of Interior and Local Government Memorandum Circular 2023-065 provides that local government units are enjoined to adopt mitigation and preparedness measures for El Nino that may bring long dry spells.
Source: Philippines News Agency