- Civil Service Commissioner Aileen Lizada reminded head of agencies not to require all workers to physically report as parts of the country transition to general community quarantine starting Monday
- Memorandum Circular 10, series of 2020 enumerating alternative work arrangement and support mechanisms for workers during the COVID-19 pandemic is still in effect
- Workers physically reporting to offices under GCQ areas are no longer entitled to hazard pay.
Civil Service Commissioner Aileen Lizada reminded government offices that even if their areas have already been placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) or modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) starting June 1, it does not mean they have to require all workers to report physically.
In a briefing, Lizada cited Memorandum Circular 10, series of 2020 enumerating alternative work arrangement and support mechanisms for workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as work from home, skeleton workforce, compressed workweek, and staggered working hours.
“To all head of agencies, hindi po ibig sabihin na GCQ or modified GCQ wala nang virus. Mayroon pa rin. It is just the limitation/leniency on the movement and leniency on transportation. But the virus is still there,” she said.
“Senior citizens, pregnant women, those with co-morbidities, kailangan pong work from home sila. Hindi po tayo in full force pag nag-GCQ or MGCQ po tayo. Still, mayroon din po tayong alternative work arrangements.”
She also reminded agencies to take necessary preparations for the resumption of government work.
Lizada also said that workers physically reporting to offices under GCQ areas are no longer entitled to hazard pay.
President Rodrigo Duterte signed Administrative Order 26 that granted a P500 hazard pay to civil servants who will be part of skeleton workforce under ECQ.
Starting June 1, the National Capital Region, Davao City, Region II, Region III, Region IV-A, Pangasinan, and Albay will be under GCQ, while the rest of the country will be under MGCQ.