September 30, 2014

“The adoption of the four-day workweek scheme is voluntary, and only government agencies in Metro Manila that meet the pre-requirements may begin implementing the four-day workweek scheme”, this was stressed by CSC Chairman Francisco T. Duque III as he clarified the policy on the alternative work scheme.

Agencies must submit to the CSC a notice of intent and certification that they have complied with the prerequisites.

Should any government office opt to implement the four-day workweek, the new work schedule must be posted in front of the office premises and in the agency’s website 15 days before the start of implementation. CSC shall also post the names of agencies which will adopt the alternative work arrangement.

Chair Duque emphasized the need for uninterrupted service. He said that there should be a one-month transition period, during which a skeletal workforce for the frontline services offered by the agency should be present on the chosen no-work day.

The alternative work scheme does not intend to solely address or help solve the traffic problem but also to help government employees affected by the traffic problem.

Another important requirement is the monitoring, evaluation, and impact assessment. CSC Resolution No. 1401286 identified the list of items agencies should monitor during the implementation of the four-day workweek.

An evaluation report must be submitted to the CSC six months or earlier after the start of the implementation to assess the benefits and disadvantages of the scheme and determine its viability in the long term.

Chair Duque also stated that as of Sept. 30, no government agency has formally submitted a notice.

Agency heads have the blanket authority to implement the 4-day workweek scheme following the guidelines provided and requirements complied with.