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CSC to gov’t workers: Keep Xmas parties safe from COVID

December 14, 2021 Joel dela Torre 306 views

AS the nation continues to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, all government employees are reminded to keep yearend holiday festivities safe and simple.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) said physical gatherings still pose a huge risk and may even affect public service delivery if employees get infected by the deadly global virus.

CSC chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala said while the country is still at low-risk classification, the threats brought by the pandemic continue to exist especially with the emergence of the B.1.1.529 variant or Omicron variant.

According to Dela Rosa-Bala, physical gatherings may be allowed subject to current and applicable guidelines issued by the IATF and the local government.

“Virtual celebrations, on the other hand, are much safer and allow agencies to hold a simultaneous gathering for all their employees across the regions. It just requires a little more creativity to make it engaging and enjoyable even without face-to-face interaction,” she said.

The CSC reminded agencies to make sure that there will be no disruption in public services.

Offices may opt to conduct these activities outside office hours or ensure adequate skeletal workforce to attend to their clients and other urgent matters during official business hours.