The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has now institutionalized the flexible work arrangements for government workers, effective June 15.
The CSC’s move, Senator Ramon Revilla Jr. noted, is a “step in the right direction” to safeguard civil servants from health risks while making sure that government services are not hampered.
“Effective and efficient services to the public should be assured despite the changes,” Revilla said in a statement.
Before CSC Resolution No. 2200209 became effective, Senator Grace Poe also urged the government to implement flexible work arrangements for civil servants to help them deal with soaring prices of essential items and limited public transport. .
Poe said agency heads should consult with stakeholders, to help ensure government employees get reasonable flexibility in doing their jobs with the same, or if not, greater productivity and efficiency.
Revilla who chairs the Senate Committee on Civil Service, Government Reorganization and Professional Regulation, said the CSC must ensure that along with the transition, government frontline services should continue to be delivered efficiently and without disruptions.
He said compressed work week, skeleton workforce, work shifts, flexible time, work from home or a combination of all these arrangement under the CSC resolution should not work to the disadvantage of the general public.