Following consecutive oil price increases in the past weeks, the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals (CA), and Sandiganbayan on Friday separately announced that they will be implementing a four (4) day-workweek starting March 28.
In Memorandum Order No. 39-2022 signed by Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo, employees will now be required to report on-site for only four days a week, at 10 hours per day, with the official time work from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
However, all offices/services/divisions in the SC will be open from Monday to Friday, the workforce in these offices/services/divisions shall be divided in two groups, with the first group reporting on Monday to Thursday and second group reporting from Tuesday to Friday.
The flexible schedule will not apply to personnel belonging to medical/dental service, security, maintenance, among others, whose nature of work requires them to render overtime services. Their official time work will still be 8 am to 4:30 pm.
Justices shall determine the number of their staff who will be required to report on-site in their respective chambers.
Heads of offices and services and their assistants shall determine who among them will be included in each shift, which may be on a rotation basis.
At the Appellate Court, court officials and employees shall report on site for only four (4) days a week for 10 hours a day from 7 a.m .to 5:30 p.m.
All stations of the CA shall continue to operate from Monday to Friday. Their workforce shall be divided in two groups, with the first group reporting on Monday to Thursday and second group reporting from Tuesday to Friday.
Heads of offices and divisions should be in separate groups from their assistants to maintain senior management presence.
At the Sandiganbayan, the anti-graft court likewise implemented a four (4)-day work week starting March 28, 2022 following increases in the prices of oil and other petroleum products in the past weeks.
In Administrative Order No. 057-2022 signed by Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang, Sandiganbayan offices, divisions, and chambers, upon discretion of its heads, shall adopt a new working scheme, with employees required to work on-site for four days at 10 hours a day, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.