City Hall implements alternative work arrangement

Posted by watchmen
August 20, 2020

Due to the increasing number of Covid-19 positive cases in Bacolod City, Mayor Evelio Leonardia has ordered the implementation of “alternative work arrangement” for Bacolod City government employees.

The main flag at the Bacolod City Government Center flies at half-staff in honor of the healthcare workers and frontliners who have succumbed to the coronavirus disease 2019. Mayor Evelio Leonardia has ordered that flags at the Government Center, Old City Hall, and Public Plaza be flown at half-staff until the end of the month. (Bacolod City PIO photo)

This arrangement is a combination of “work-from-home” and “staggered working hours” permissible under Provision 3.5 of Civil Service Commission (CSC) Memorandum Circular No. 10 series of 2020 due to the quarantine measures and/or treatment relative to Covid-19.

The alternative work arrangement was to be implemented starting August 10, but since the mayor later ordered to place the Bacolod City Government Center under lockdown from August 10 to 16, the said arrangement started on Monday.

Under the mayor’s Memorandum No. 84, department and office heads shall form two teams – Work-from- Home Team (WH Team) and On Actual Duty Team (AD Team) – that will alternately render actual duties in the office for one week at a time.

Each team should have personnel per section and/or division so that services will continue unhampered.

For the team not on actual duty, a work-from-home arrangement may be implemented, while the other team shall be on actual duty.

These two teams shall interchange roles in the alternate of one week: the WH Team turning into AD Team, and vice versa.

Those in the WH Team are strictly required to perform tasks to the full extent of his position in terms of man-days per work week; and to make himself available during the work hours while at home, with communication lines always open in whatever gadget or equipment for whatever instructions or work performances directed by his office.

Should there be a member of the AD Team who will test positive for the virus, the whole team shall be immediately quarantined for two weeks, and the WH Team will take over.

In instances where members of both teams will be infected by the virus, their office will be temporarily closed.

For government officials and employees who have undergone the required period of quarantine and or treatment for Covid-19 due to localized transmission while in the performance of their official functions, their absence from work during the 14-day period shall be considered as excused absences and shall not be chargeable against their leave credits./WDJ

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