THE Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (PACE) is not amenable to the four-day workweek that is being planned by the secretary of the Department of Finance.
"Having four working days per week would be okay for government employees because we can save a lot on transportation and other expenses. However, if the public -- whose money is where we get our salaries as government employees -- is deprived of services, it's not worth it," Lastierre pointed out.
He added, that the present setup, which is five working days a week, is a little sacrifice for government employees.
Lastierre, however, is also open to the idea that job order (JO) and contract of service (COS) employees will be detailed at their respective office assignments.
The COS and JOs are getting their salaries on a daily basis and do not have security of tenure.
"They are also able to do some work in the absence of regular and contractual employees," Lastierre added.
Office hours in government agencies may soon be adjusted from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Mondays to Thursdays, and there will be a work from home setup on Fridays, Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno earlier said.
Diokno said that the Department of Energy (DOE) is planning to implement daylight saving time within its agency to save electricity and promote energy efficiency.
He said that this will be part of the government's short-term interventions to mitigate high inflation in the country.
Diokno said this proposal was already presented to President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.*
March 22, 2023
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