Gov’t employees in typhoon-hit areas may file for 5-day leave of absence – CSC

Marje Pelayo   •   November 5, 2020   •   847

MANILA, Philippines – The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has announced that government employees in areas heavily affected by typhoons Quinta and Rolly may file for up to five days of leave of absence from work.

This special emergency leave privilege will not be deducted from the employee’s regular leave credits, the CSC assured, and can be availed within 30 days after the onset of the typhoon. 

The days of leave of absence may be utilized for recovery or repairs of damaged properties or to attend to other relatives affected by the calamity.

The CSC said the leave of absence will be based on the declaration of a state of calamity in the employee’s place of residence or it may be offered by the head of the government agency if deemed necessary based on evidence provided by the employee. MNP (with inputs from Rey Pelayo)

Absences due to COVID-19 vaccination may be excused, CSC says

Robie de Guzman   •   November 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Government workers who will be absent due to COVID-19 vaccination may be considered excused, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) said Wednesday.

In a statement, the CSC said this is pursuant to the interim guidelines it issued through CSC Memorandum Circular No. 16, s. 2021 or the “Interim Guidelines on Absences of Government Officials and Employees Due to COVID-19 Vaccination and/or Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) of COVID-19 Vaccine.”

“The issuance provides for the treatment of absences incurred by government officials and employees during the day of the inoculation of COVID-19 vaccine and/or the required treatment or recuperation period from any AEFI of COVID-19 vaccine,” the agency said.

“The guidelines define AEFI as ‘any untoward medical occurrence which follows immunization and which does not necessarily have a causal relationship with the usage of vaccine,’” it added.

The CSC said the guidelines remind all government workers of their responsibility to adopt necessary measures to prevent COVID-19 transmission in the public sector workplaces.

“COVID-19 vaccination is considered as one of the major strategies to complement the existing measures and practices to mitigate the spread and reduce morbidity and mortality due to COVID-19,” the guidelines stated.

In relation to leave credits, the CSC said that absences due to AEFI of COVID-19 vaccine may be charged against the employee’s sick leave credits when the period of treatment/recuperation exceeds the maximum allowable period of absences for the abovementioned conditions..

If the employee has exhausted his/her sick leave credits, Section 56 of the Omnibus Rules on Leave allows for the use of vacation leave credits in lieu of sick leave credits.

“In case the vacation leave credits have been exhausted, the employee may apply for sick leave of absence without pay,” the agency said.

“Government workers who have incurred absences due to COVID-19 vaccination and/or have undergone treatment from AEFI prior to the issuance of CSC MC No. 16, s. 2021 may request for the restoration of the deducted leave credits through their agency’s Human Resource unit.” It added.

The guidelines provides the following conditions where excused absence may be considered:

  • Absence from work during the day of inoculation of the first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including future booster shots. Required documents include proof of vaccination schedule (e.g. vaccination card) and the application of leave of absence; and
  • Absence from work due to the required treatment/recuperation period from AEFI of the first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including future booster shots.

The CSC said a maximum of 15 calendar days may be allowed for cases of serious AEFIs which may include hospitalization, persistent or significant disability or incapacity, and life threatening or medically important event or reaction.

“In addition to the application of leave of absence and copy of vaccination card, the employee must also submit a medical certificate and/or clinical abstract indicating the diagnosis, management done, and number of days of recuperation needed, signed by the attending physician,” it said.

On the other hand, a maximum of three calendar days may be allowed for non-serious AEFIs which may include tenderness, pain, warmth, redness, itching or swelling on the arm where one got the injection; generally feeling unwell; feeling tired (fatigue); chills or feeling feverish; headache; and joint pain or muscle ache.

“The employee must submit a medical certificate signed by an attending physician at the vaccination center or medical facility where s/he underwent observation due to AEFI,” the CSC said.

The agency said these guidelines shall apply to all government officials and employees regardless of status of appointment (permanent, temporary, provisional, substitute, coterminous, casual, contractual or fixed term) including local elective officials.

It shall take effect retroactively on March 1, 2021, the official rollout of the vaccination drive in the Philippines.

It shall remain in full effect during the period of state of calamity as declared under Proclamation No. 1218 issued by the President of the Philippines, or one year after the government has declared the completion of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program, the CSC said.

Work from home setup for CSC employees in NCR extended until Oct. 15

Robie de Guzman   •   October 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has announced the extension of the work from home (WFH) arrangement for its employees in the National Capital Region (NCR) in line with the pilot implementation of the Alert Levels System for COVID-19 response.

The CSC said the work from home setup, which covers employees at its central office, CSC NCR Office, and CSC Regional Office IV headquarters, will be extended until Oct. 15.

“The WFH arrangement shall also continue to subsist in other CSC offices under ECQ or MECQ for the duration of their quarantine classification,” the agency said in an advisory.

It advised its clients requesting for the services of the CSC Integrated Records Management Office (IRMO) and Office for Legal Affairs (OLA) to continue transacting business online through the Online Registration, Appointment and Scheduling System (ORAS) at https://services.csc.gov.ph.

“Clients who are scheduled to be at the CSC Central Office to pick-up their requested documents on the said period are instructed to wait for further advisory on the rescheduling of the pick-up of requested documents,” it said.

“Further, documents or printed communications, including mail deliveries from couriers and postal services, shall still be received through a dropbox placed at the CSC Main Entrance,” it added.

The CSC said that a security guard on duty shall facilitate the recording of all documents submitted through the dropbox and ensure the safety of said documents.

Metro Manila is under Alert Level 4 until Oct. 15.

Civil Service Commission opens online job fair as part of 121st anniversary

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has opened an online job fair as part of its 121st anniversary celebration.

The CSC in partnership with Jobstreet.PH opened a week-long online job fair on Monday (September 20) where 2,000 vacancies will be available for interested applicants.

Job vacancies available include:

  • Customer Associate
  • Revenue Officers
  • Medical Officers
  • Administrative Officer
  • Medical Officers
  • Jail Officers
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Attorney
  • Guidance Councilor
  • Medical Specialist
  • Account Assistant
  • IT Specialist

Interested applicants can go to the CSC website at www.csc.gov.ph and answer the online personal data sheet. Applicants are also required to have a Jobstreet account. The online job fair will run until September 24.

Meanwhile, CSC Commissioner Aileen Lizada encouraged government agencies to open vacancies in their respective departments. She also urged government agencies not to reserve openings within their department.

“As far as I know there 100,000 plus unfilled positions in the government, CSC cannot open those vacant positions, it is the head of the agency, that is why I am encouraging the head of agencies, please fill up open and publish,” she said. AAC (with reports from JP Nuñez)

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