Flexible work policies for government workers in the Philippines

In a move that could potentially herald the 4-day work week, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) will be issuing a policy for flexible work.
By: | March 28, 2022

CSC commissioner Aileen Lizada has said the policy is in the “final stage” of being institutionalised.

“The commission wants to institutionalise the flexible working arrangements so the government will have a default policy in case of pandemic, endemic, calamities,” she said.

Lizada added that the CSC has consulted the Development Academy of the Philippines, the Department of Information and Communications Technology, and the National Privacy Commission when drafting the whole concept of the flexi-work rules. “They were able to give inputs. This is like one year and six months in the making,” she said.

Amid surging fuel prices, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Chua and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi had earlier proposed shortening the workweek to four days, but with longer hours – from the usual eight hours to 10 hours per workday.

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Lizada assured that if the four-day workweek is implemented, there will be no disruptions in government operations. In addition, the wages of government workers will also not be affected as they will still work 40 hours per week, according to CNN Philippines.