April 13, 2024 People's Tonight 439 views

THE Civil Service Commission (CSC) notes the new resolution of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Metro Manila Council (MMC) to adopt the flexible working schedule for public servants in local government units (LGUs) in the metro as a temporary solution to traffic congestion.

In a statement, CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles noted that the implementation of a modified working schedule from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. for officials and employees in LGUs is consistent with the Policy on Flexible Work Arrangements (FWAs) issued by the CSC for agencies and government workers nationwide.

“The CSC’s policy on FWA has influenced at least 499 agencies to adopt internal guidelines by end of December 2023, but we need more agencies to follow suit, especially in Metro Manila. This new development from the MMDA, with the support of the MMC and local officials, is crucial in improving the welfare of civil servants in LGUs, especially those who do not own cars and commute to work every day,” he said.

According to the CSC’s latest Inventory of Government Human Resources, the National Capital Region has the largest number of government workers in the country, with 440,009 or 22.30% of career and non-career personnel.

“The prevailing traffic conditions in the metro not only hinder their mobility but also impact their productivity, particularly for those who commute daily. By adopting the FWA, we can enhance their efficiency and safeguard their health, safety, and welfare,” said the CSC Chairperson.

However, the CSC reminded government agencies and LGUs that their chosen FWAs must be implemented without compromising the continuous delivery of public service, especially for offices with frontline services.

“We are open to recommendations from government agencies and other stakeholders as we craft people-centric solutions, especially those that will address transport problems, but what remains paramount is ensuring uninterrupted delivery of services to the citizenry”, added Chairperson Nograles.

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