GOVERNMENT offices in the National Capital Region will remain fully operational but with limited workforce from August 6 to 20 following the reimposition of the enhanced community quarantine due to COVID-19 spike.
At the Department of Justice, the National Prosecution Service will be manned by a skeleton workforce for e-inquest and receiving of documents.
“If no directive is issued, I will take it to mean that all DOJ personnel will work from home during the ECQ in the NCR, except a skeletal staff to man the frontline to receive incoming documents, and the NPS will do e-inquests,” Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said.
Under Memorandum Circular 87 issued by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea dated August 3 but released on August 4, said:
“To ensure continuity of government service, the skeleton workforce will not be less than the 20% on-site capacity at any given time, with the remainder being under work-from-home arrangements.”
“Nonetheless, agencies providing health and emergency frontline services, laboratory and testing services, border control and other critical services will be allowed up to full on-site capacity,” the memo added.
Meanwhile the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) will be physically closed from August 6 to 20. In a statement, the OMB said:
“In view of the declaration of the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19 placing the National Capital Region under ECQ from August 6 to 20, all OMB offices in Quezon City will be physically closed during this period, and shall adopt the work-from-home arrangement permissible under the civil service rules and the attendance of OMB prosecutors in virtual court hearings.”
“Likewise, the regular period for the filing of pleadings, motions, affidavits, and other relevant documents before the Office of the Ombudsman, Quezon City shall be deemed interrupted and the period of filing such shall begin to run on September 1.”