Flexi-time allowed to Muslim employees during Ramadan

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Thursday, July 28, 2011


MAYOR Celso Lobregat has instructed all city department heads, including the City Council presiding officer and members, to allow Muslim employees fasting during the month of Ramadan, a flexible time.

"Flexible time" allows government employees to start working at 7 a.m. but not later than 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. without lunch break or coffee breaks.

The Ramadan period this year will start on Monday, August 1.

"All Muslim employees of the City Government whether under permanent, temporary, job order, CELSO status, who are observing fasting during the month of Ramadan may render eight working hours daily without noon break from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.," Lobregat said in a circular he issued to all city officials dated July 25.

He reiterated the provisions of Presidential Decree 322 dated October 26, 1973, amending Section 3 of Presidential Decree 291, and a memorandum, dated December 5, 1994, of the Office on Muslim Affairs in Zamboanga Peninsula on the subject "Civil Service Commission (CSC) Resolution 81-1277 dated Nov ember 18, 1981."

The CSC resolution states that "during the fasting season on the month of Ramadan, Muslim employees in the local and national government shall observe office hours from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. without lunch break or coffee breaks, and that there shall be no diminution of salary or wages, provided, that the employee who is not fasting is not entitled to this benefit."

The Wikipedia describes Ramadan as the "ninth month of the Islamic calendar that lasts 29 to 30 days.

It is the Islamic month of fasting, in which participating Muslims refrain from eating and drinking and is intended to teach Muslims about patience, humility and spirituality. (Bong Garcia)

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